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• Mary Smith of Charm City Cakes (you know, of "Ace of Cakes" fame) sent Rock The Red this image of an Alex Ovechkin(notes)/Sidney Crosby cake which is all sorts of wrong: First, because Sid isn't jumping someone unexpectedly, and secondly because Ovechkin is actually fighting his own battle. Oh, and no ads on the ice, either. [Rock The Red]

• Another in the unending series of wacky Alex Semin interviews, including a snuggly photo with Ovechkin and the comparison of his game to the animalistic virtues of a jungle panther. Also: Eats Big Macs with Ovechkin. [Japers' Rink]

Patrice Cormier's(notes) agent and PR handlers Patrice Cormier's statement regarding his suspension: "I fully respect the Quebec Major Junior League's decision regarding the Mikael Tam incident. I deeply regret the circumstances surrounding this event and wish Mikael Tam a speedy and full recovery." This kid needs a Barbara Walters interview to clear the air before his career can continue; the image of him sprinting from the bench for that cheap shot deserves further context. [CP]

• Mike Danton, who was in jail for a murder-for-hire plot at this time last year, will make his college hockey debut Tuesday night for Saint Mary's against ... we [Gretzky] you not ... a team called the Axemen. [Sun Media]

• Brian Burke and the Chicago Blackhawks: You scratch my back, I take your overpaid goaltender. [Hockey Independent]

• Should the Colorado Avalanche make a run at Ilya Kovalchuk(notes)? They've got bodies to move and cap space galore, that's for sure. [THN]

• We still think the Calder has become Tyler Myers'(notes) trophy to lose, but Matt Duchene(notes) is making a strong case as he's continued his torrid scoring pace for the Avs. There's something to be said about the patience the team showed with him this season. [Mile High Hockey]

• Thus begins the Cory Clouston for Jack Adams campaign. We've searched this article several times and have yet to find the word "Sacco," which is strange. [National Post]

• It's Wayne Gretzky's 49th birthday today. He's going to have a delicious cake; unfortunately, the Coyotes still owe him candles and a fork. [Greatest Hockey Legends

• Dan Steinberg with an interesting story about an 80-year-old Washington Capitals fan who was cracked on the noggin with a puck during a game against the Philadelphia Flyers, complete with bloody old guy photos. Yikes ... this doesn't mean more mosquito netting around the rink, does it? [DC Sports Bog]

• Say a prayer for Matt Brown, a young hockey player in intensive care after a freak accident on the ice. [WBZ]

• In defense of Chris Drury(notes) as New York Rangers captain, and a good one at that: "You tell me the last time Drury has taken a shift off? He might be invisible some games, you might not notice him, but he never was a game-breaker and he never was flashy." [Blueshirt Banter]

• Really interesting piece from Blue Jackets Extra about Columbus Blue Jackets fans and their enthusiasm for the remaining games in the regular season. It's downright depressing in some passages, like this one from a fed-up fan: "The product is not only bad, which is acceptable in Columbus, it is uninspired. Literally nothing about the product points in a positive direction, unless you consider the mere acquisition of youth (that is collectively stalled if not regressing) to be a real asset." [Puck-rakers]

• Versus sent over some press release about their revamped Web site: "The new VERSUS.com is centered around community; instead of telling fans what to read and what to think, VERSUS created an online destination that includes the user in the conversation. At every turn site visitors are asked to pick, play, vote and vent; and users will be able to join or create a group, add photos, upload videos or create a blog.  Additionally there are more interactive games and a ‘Smack Talk' section for visitors to talk for and/or against their favorite team or player." Look, that's all fine and dandy ... but where exactly do we go to show you our V's again, good sirs? [Versus.com]

• For the stat-heads, the percentage of players by position who shoot left-handed. Eighty-eight percent of goalies? No wonder they're a bunch of flakes. [Behind The Net]

• In defense of the lockout. [Hockey Plumber]

• The Saint John Sea Dogs will be holding a special 'Design-A-Jersey' contest which will "afford fans the opportunity to create a special third jersey for the team to wear during the 2011-12 season." Finally., Gloating Bruins Fan will have his day! [Sea Dogs]

• From Ottawa Senators blog The 6th Sens: "Nick Foligno and Anton Volchenkov(notes) kicking off contract negotiations last night at the Lac Leamy Casino." Thanks for the clarification, because this didn't look anything like the Washington Wizards' locker room.

• OMG hockey news, part 1: Fisherwood makes their first public appearance as a charity event. Incidentally, Carrie Underwood is going to be on an upcoming episode of "How I Met Your Mother," and we can only hope that ends with her Mike Fisher(notes) jersey pulled over her head as Robin goes Hordichuk on her. [CBC]

• OMG hockey new, part 2: Mike Comrie(notes) can sleep well knowing that on top of having to play with the Oilers this season, his lady isn't being romanced by a Joe Bro. [OK]

• "City police decided not to issue speeding tickets to Edmonton drivers for the rest of the month. Instead they are issuing Oilers tickets." [Razor With An Edge]

Sergei Zubov(notes) considers his Olympic snub and subsequent "reserve" status as spit in the face from Hockey Russia. [Mirtle]

• Jonathan Willis looks at clutch scoring. [Hockey or Die]

• The NHL is offering its wicked-cool GameCenter Live package for free this evening for games outside of your market. [NHL, and see Steve Lepore's glowing review of the features]

• In defense of benching. [Puck Update]

• "In a unique drill that coach Peter Laviolette introduced to the Flyers, the penalty killers strapped on special shinpads to protect against injury when getting in the way of slap shots and used sticks that had a blade half the regular length." [Philly.com]

• We know nothing of this Pensblog World Championship belt, but color us intrigued. [Twitpic]

• Pucking Hilarious' new Red Wings shirt is ... well, pucking hilarious. Until they make the conference finals again, of course. [PH]

• Finally, the Buffalo Sabres and Sabres.com got a taste of Force and Sully, the "Green Men of Vancouver" Monday night:

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