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• Michael Farber of SI endorses Scott Niedermayer(notes) as Team Canada captain and explains why Sidney Crosby(notes) will, and should, have to wait for the honor. From Steve Yzerman: "Veteran players will control the atmosphere in the locker room and we'll ask the young guys to come in and just do their thing." [SI]

• Damien Cox seconds that, adding: "For Vancouver, the indications from both Yzerman and head coach Mike Babcock yesterday were that they have no intention of putting another young star in a similar position. They need Crosby to be a key performer, not necessarily a leader." [Toronto Star]

• But George Johnson, meanwhile, looks at "the looming captaincy issue" and wonders if there's any way Canada can't be seen as Sidney's team. [Calgary Herald]

UPDATE: Simon Gagne(notes) out of Canada Olympic camp with a groin injury, and Cam Ward(notes) continues to battle back problems. [Sportsnet, via Puck Buddy Darren]

TSN reported today that Stephen Walkom, the NHL's director of officiating, is leaving his post to return to active duty as a referee. What does this means for the post-lockout rules enforcement and the public defense of NHL officiating? [Jerseys and Hockey Love]

• Rumors of Len Barrie's demise at co-owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning have been exaggerated. Or so he says. [Raw Charge]

• There will be no single-game wagering on the NHL in Delaware. Which would be a shame if hockey was, in any way, a sport people wanted to bet on. [Philly.com]

• Life with Dany Heatley(notes) for Ottawa Senators Coach Cory Clouston: "Judging by the comments of many Senators fans, they might be inclined to drive a Zamboni over Heatley if they were in the coach's shoes. Clouston, of course, doesn't have that luxury." [Ottawa Citizen]

• So when's the last time a newspaper allowed a player to be called "a contradicting suck hole" by a beat writer? Because that's what Don Brennan thinks of Heatley, apparently. [Ottawa Sun]

• It's Willie Mitchell's(notes) contract year, but the Vancouver Canucks defender would rather not talk about that, but he did. [Slam Sports]

• Sportsnet reports that the Vancouver Canucks are close to signing free-agent defenseman Mathieu Schneider(notes), partly because he's a strong veteran presence in the locker room but mostly because their power-play is ‘teh suck' as the kids used to say. [Canada.com]

• Interesting look at the Swedish Olympic team, and why Johan Hedberg(notes) might be the only Swede left in America during camp. Well, depending on the whereabouts of Dolph Lundgren. [MYFO]

• Mirtle attempts to quantify why the Philadelphia Flyers' goaltending won't be as bad as some believe it could be. [From the Rink]

• Stompin' Tom Connors of "The Hockey Song" believes Canadian artists who go to the U.S. are turncoats: "When (Canadian entertainers) go to the States, the Americans have a way of making them look so American that when they go to other countries in the world, everybody think they're from the States." [London Free Press]

• The Canadian version of "The Bachelor" is just really weird. [Getty]

• Why Zach Bogosian(notes) of the Atlanta Thrashers is the burgeoning young star no one's talking about. [THN]

Dennis Seidenberg(notes) talking with the Florida Panthers and New York Rangers? [Litter Box Cats]

• There's no question that Sam Gagner(notes) is one of the best young players on the Edmonton Oilers; so who should skate with him? [Copper & Blue]

• Brendan Morrow is back on the ice, and Dallas Stars fans couldn't be happier. [Defending Big D]

• Finally, via Japers' Rink, Washington Capitals prospect Anton Gustafsson releases a workout video on his blog that's really rather remarkable. In the sense that a guy with a shaved head, a red bodysuit out of Lebowski's nihilist nightmare and "Eye of the Tiger" playing on the soundtrack. Yikes. 

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