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• There are a lot of good videos in these Headlines today, but we highly recommend this one: Ian Laperierre of the Philadelphia Flyers and his language-mangling PSA bloopers for Kiwi Shoes' Soles4Souls campaign for the Flyers game on Jan. 30. Honestly, this is like a deleted scene from "Slapshot" starring a French-Canadian DeNiro. [Flyers, or click the image for the video; via Robert McLeod, and more from The 700 Level]

• Just in case you were worried that Gary Bettman would approach a controversy with fairness and logic, he weighed in on Alex Burrows(notes) vs. Stephane Auger. If you believe Auger acted inappropriately before and during the game, you're a "partisan." If you believe the NHL should have spoken to Andrew Raycroft(notes), who has said that Burrows spoke to him about the incident before talking to reporters ... well, "that wouldn't be the type of corroboration you would do." And if you believe the media should have a chance to speak with Auger, Bettman said: "I don't want this becoming a tactic (to use) if you don't like the way the officials are calling your games." Thanks again for nothing, Boss. [Vancouver Sun]

• Meanwhile, Bettman hopes the NHL can find "consensus" on hits to the head legislation in March. [NHL]

• A tale of Corey Perry(notes) of the Anaheim Ducks exhibiting his trademark combination of ambivalence and wit while confirming he'll fight robots. [Alive in Wonderland]

• Erik Erlendsson offers an update on the quite unsettled ownership situation for the Tampa Bay Lightning, as the discussed sale of the Detroit Pistons and possibly former Bolts owners Palace Sports have complicated matters. But not as much as Oren Koules' inability to find an investor for the team. [Bolts Report, more from Raw Charge]

• Mike Danton talks to the media about his comeback in college hockey. "Where would we be if we weren't given second chances?" You would be in jail on a murder-for-hire rap; not sure where the rest of us would be. [CBC Sports]

• When Taylor Hall picks up his Calder Trophy and is showered by Batman underpants, he's going to really regret this story getting out. [Sun Media]

• Mario Lemieux beer bottle caps. They'll complain about obstruction until they're finally open. [PSAMP]

• The Hockey News wonders why Buffalo Sabres fans aren't more fired up about their cheap, defense-oriented and perpetually teasing franchise. [THN]

• Addressing Jeremy Roenick's claims that the Blackhawks don't have the goaltending to win the Cup. [Blackhawk Up]

• The Chicago Blackhawks expect the Calgary Flames to be super-pissed when the teams meet in the first game after Calgary's curb-stomping from the San Jose Sharks. [Between The Circles]

• The Calgary Flames' trade deadline plan apparently involves bringing down the average age of the St. Louis Blues. [Matchsticks and Gasoline]

• U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member Phil Housley's wife will be seeking a state Senate seat in Minnesota. Someone with a tangential relationship with hockey is a Republican? Crazy. [MinnPost]

• The Minnesota Wild are trying to trade Petr Sykora, who cleared waivers earlier this week. [Russo]

• Mike Heika discusses the positive, constructive way for the Dallas Stars to toss Marty Turco onto the scrap heap. [Dallas Morning News]

• TSN's SportsCentre counts down the top 10 most innovative ways to score a goal after Nino Niederreiter's CHL skills competition goal. [Daywalk3r]

• Blog Salming with its the Carolina Hurricanes captaincy change. [Blog Salming, NSFW language]

• After this season, you won't have Swedish National Coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson to kick around anymore. Assuming, you know, you were kicking him to begin with. [ESPN]

• Season savior Michael Leighton will again be on the bench at Ray Emery plays for the Philadelphia Flyers against the New York Rangers this evening. [Philly.com]

• Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk discusses his team's attendance struggles this season. [Sun Media]

• The Rock answers fan questions about hockey at the NHL Store. Hockey is tougher than pro wrestling, for the record. [NHL]

• Not sure which is more outlandish: The claim that Ilya Kovalchuk is the most lethal offensive player on the planet or that he'd want any part of playing under the Toronto Maple Leafs microscope. [T.O. Sports]

• Finally, the Crazy Leafs Fan blog contest. Nice work. This guy is a star. An absolutely star. "I had faith in him ... TO BE AN ACTUAL GOOD GOALIE." The smile at the end is both reassuring and creepy as all hell. [Getting Pucks Deep, H/T Wayne]

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