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Alex Burrows(notes) of the Vancouver Canucks is one of the NHL's top pests, a reputation that apparently carries into the summer months. He's accused of "violently swinging his stick and striking the face of a goaltender" during a summer league game; his alleged victim is offering no comment and Burrows's agent believes the incident is under investigation. All we want to know: How does this affect Mats Sundin's(notes) future? (jokes) [Globe & Mail, via original report on RDS]

• Mark Purdy of the Mercury News believes that Dany Heatley(notes) to the San Jose Sharks could happen before the end of the summer, and explains what it would take to land the disgruntled Ottawa Senators winger. Because if there's one thing San Jose needs to change the culture in its locker room, it's a quitter without a ring. [Mercury News]

• Meanwhile, an Ottawa Sun report from over the weekend that the Montreal Canadiens could get involved in a three-way trade involving Heatley to the Sharks has gained so much steam that NHL.com and TSN have both reported on it. So it falls to Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out to offer a reality check. [Habs Inside/Out]

• Our buddy Spector chimes in with analysis of the Heatley scuttlebutt. [THN]

• Finally, Battle of California has a Sharks-centric take on what Heatley could mean for San Jose's lineup. [BoC]

Nikolai Zherdev's(notes) arbitration figure: $3.9 million. The New York Rangers are now on the clock. [Daily News]

• In-depth evaluation and suggestions for how to improve NHL Network, in comparison to MLB Network and with an eye on production values. Good stuff. [View From The Cheap Seats]

• Once again making the case for a change in the NHL standings: "3 points for a regulation win, 2 points for an overtime or shootout win, and 1 point for an overtime or shootout loss." Get rid of the charity point, and you've got yourselves a deal. [The Hockey Writers]

• Will the Detroit Red Wings unleash the Afrogator next season, or is he AHL bound? [Snapshots]

• There's an emergency hearing today in the Phoenix Coyotes ownership mess after a forest's-worth of documents were filed on Friday asking for the auction set for this week to be delayed. [Y! Sports]

• Mirtle believes the Jerry Reinsdorf bid is showing signs of trouble. The NHL's muscle is behind the Reinsdorf bid; if it fails, it falls on the League. [From The Rink]

• Tom Benjamin with some absolutely gold on the Balsillie denial by the NHL Board of Governors and subsequent claim that Hamilton backed the wrong horse: "No matter what you think about the Balsillie effort to hijack the Coyotes and move them to Hamilton this is the type of insensitive comment that makes me want to throttle the sleazebags who run the NHL." [Canucks Corner]

• Frank from Pensburgh sent over this Bizarro World hockey sweater. Whatever part of the Keystone State you're from, chances are your eyes are bleeding. [Pensburgh]

• Ryan Kennedy offers a look at the class of 2009-10 in NCAA hockey. [THN]

• Looking at the Boston Bruins' third line of Patrice Bergeron(notes), Mark Recchi(notes) and Chuck Kobasew(notes), and how the eldest of the three could be the key to its success. [NHL]

• Lowetide with a terrific glimpse at the Edmonton Oilers' centers and how new coach Pat Quinn has traditionally approached the position. [Lowetide]

• We're going to have more on this later today, but the NHLPA has responded to the NHL's investigation into the contracts of Chris Pronger(notes) of the Philadelphia Flyers and Marian Hossa(notes) of the Chicago Blackhawks. [CSN Philly]

• Razor on Zubov, in case you couldn't tell: "So Zubie goes back to Russia with the love of Stars fans and the admiration of those who watched his nightly anointment as the High Priest of Head Fakes, and his shift by shift pronouncements that he was in fact the Sultan of Sagacity." [Razor With An Edge]

• Wait, so $2,500 gets you in the booth with Randy Moller for a Florida Panthers game, but you have to keep your mouth shut? Can we get Doc Emrick to pay Eddie O. $2,500 with the same restrictions on NBC? [Kukla]

• The Boston Bruins talk Winter Classic jerseys, with their eyes on the Pittsburgh Penguins' baby blues as the benchmark for Classic couture success. [Boston Globe]

• Finally, it's Matt Greene(notes), Los Angeles Kings defenseman and Kings Vision correspondent:

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