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• Our buddy Bruce Arthur called this shot from the Chicago Tribune his favorite of the year, and it's hard to argue with that. It's Jonathan Toews(notes), his cousin and the Stanley Cup on a commuter bus; and it just speaks volumes about the regular guy aspect of NHL players and the blue collar aesthetic of the Game -- as well as the Capt. Serious nickname for Toews. It's a work of art. [Chicago Tribune]

• Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson(notes) and his reps have yet to hear anything from the Chicago Blackhawks after that offer sheet with the San Jose Sharks last week. [@adamjahns, and more Blackhawks cap talk from Daily Herald]

UPDATE: Jahns reports that the Blackhawks will match

• Jim Neveau's take on the offer sheet: "If the choice in this regard is simply whether to match Hjalmarsson's offer sheet, then the Hawks should do everything in their power to make it happen. ... If it becomes more an issue of which player should the Hawks keep between Niemi and Hjalmarsson, then Niklas wins out again in that debate too. [Paint It Blackhawks]

• "Mike Modano Drawing Inappropriately Insane Amount of Interest." [Puck Update]

• Jewels From The Crown's been doing nice work on the Los Angeles Kings' pursuit of Ilya Kovalchuk(notes), and this "reading the fine print" post is no exception. What do Kovy and his agent really want from the Kings? [JFTC]

• Why the New York Rangers should ignore Ilya Kovalchuk. [Blueshirt Banter]

• Good post on Alexander Frolov(notes), his free agency and where the Los Angeles Kings winger could end up. [Bangin Panger]

• How knuckled-up is the Eastern Conference? "In a nod to recently passed Bob Probert, I think it fitting the Atlantic Division be renamed the Bob Probert Division." [Goon Blog]

• Does Dan Hamhuis's(notes) joke at the expense of Nashville Predators fans during a Vancouver Canucks fan function signal a trend in which free agents now goof on their former homes? Or is mocking Nashville just an easy laugh-line in Canada? [The Hockey Writers]

• Spector on free-agent goalie Marty Turco(notes): "It had been rumored the Flyers were interested in Turco's services, but given the club's recent Zherdev signing, plus its need to re-sign other restricted free agents, the Stanley Cup finalists might not have much interest unless, as the Morning News suggested, Turco accepts a one-year, $2-million contract." [THN]

• How rookie Brett Connolly is dealing with the mental and physical adversity of his injury past as he works towards making the Tampa Bay Lightning. [NHL]

• Pierre McGuire's revisionist history on Cristobal Huet(notes) in light of the Jaroslav Halak(notes) trade by the Montreal Canadiens: "(Halak) is a player who is in his prime and this is a guy who's really worked hard to get to where he is. Huet was not even close to being in his prime -- he was past his prime and he had never made it in his prime. And he was a guy that really was a byproduct of players not being familiar with him ... the tendency to drop early and beat him up high." [Leader Post]

• Breaking down some of the players still on the market in free agency. Anyone need a Darcy Tucker(notes)? Anyone? [Mile High Hockey]

• Looking at the Pittsburgh Penguins offseason moves and wondering if Raffi Torres(notes) might have a home on the wing. [Pens Universe]

• The thing about the "NHL 11" trailer is that you miss the hockey-playing apes if you blink. [Google]

• From Pension Plan Puppets: "People say that the games of hockey and soccer are very similar; how very wrong they are. Soccer is some straight up boring [expletive]." [PPP]

• The debut of Joe Finley's(notes) diary for the Washington Capitals' development camp. We eagerly await its sequel, "Zen and the Art of Lawnmower Tossing." [On Frozen Blog]

• Mike Kitchen is reunited with Joel Quenneville as a Chicago Blackhawks assistant coach, as Mike Haviland is also re-signed. Luckily for Chicago, there's no salary cap behind the bench. [ESPN Chicago

• Making the Hall of Fame arguments for John Vanbiesbrouck, Fred Shero, Mark Howe and Adam Oates. Still not getting how losing in a Stanley Cup Finals Game 7 and being "deserving" of a Norris bolsters Howe's candidacy in relation to guys who have actually won a Cup and a Norris. [Versus, via Snapshots]

• Interesting news: "Clubs of the Czech ice hockey Elite League will only be able to employ six foreign acquisitions from the season 2010-2011 on, the Association of Professional Clubs (APKLH) decided Friday." This is evidently a reaction to teams "testing" North American players here and there during the season. [Prague Monitor]

• Chris Botta's all over the latest developments in the New York Islanders Lighthouse project saga, as the Town of Hempstead has a new plan and the Islanders have a frustrated Wang. [NYI Point Blank]

• Finally, the cartoon you've all been waiting for: Pavel Datsyuk(notes) in "A Case of Dangleitis." Perfect for the Detroit Red Wings fans/Sidney Crosby(notes) basher in your life.

(NOTE: Because it uses a music track that's from Sony Entertainment, it's restricted from being embeded here. So click the image for the video.)

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