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• In which Inglorious Backes tires of hearing "so, do you keep your medal with the rest of your silverware?" from Jonathan Toews(notes). [Getty]

Florida Panthers GM and former Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon received his Stanley Cup ring from Chicago team president John McDonough today, which is Tallon's 60th birthday. Tallon plans on FAXing the team a "thank you" note, which it will receive roughly eight months from now. [Sporting News]

• The Minnesota Wild are facing some health issues, including Mikko Koivu(notes). [Star Tribune]

Jordan Staal(notes) practiced with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the first time this season, along with injured teammates Brooks Orpik(notes) and Arron Asham(notes). The team's looked pretty damn good without them, too. [Penguins]

Atlanta Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec(notes) meets the media, and says: "I don't remember anything after the National Anthem until I woke up in the back of the ambulance. That's a pretty big window," Pavelec said. "I couldn't feel my legs ... but when I got to the hospital I started to feel my legs." [Sports Climax]

• The Vancouver Canucks are the latest team to seek advertisements for their practice jerseys. Look for B.C. Bong and Pipe Emporium to grace these sweaters in the near future ... [Vancouver Sun]

• Brilliant stuff from Down Goes Brown: A transcript of every hockey game ever broadcast. [DGB]

• ESPN's NHL Awards for hockey movies. Ned Braden for Lady Byng is marvelous. But Gordon Bombay over Herb Brooks? Travesty, especially the writeup: "This one is a no-brainer -- Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) of 'The Mighty Ducks.' His ability to take a rag tag team and turn them into peewee champions in a matter of one season is truly remarkable." Yeah, not unlike BEATING THE SOVIETS. [ESPN]

• The best non-hockey hockey jerseys. How that Sopranos sweater isn't the New Jersey Devils' third jersey is beyond us. [Weekly Meat]

• Why Milan Hejduk(notes) may actually be hurting the Colorado Avalanche: "After perusing the individual player stats today, I noticed that Milan Hejduk has a -7 rating after the first six games.  That would indicate that he's been on the ice for a disproportionate number of opposing even strength and shorthanded goals.  Turns out, he has been.  The Duke has been skating slowly in circles on nine such occasions." [MHH]

• BizNasty on the toughest fighters in the NHL today: "Boogaard is obviously No .1: that guy is just scary. Colton Orr(notes) is certainly one. Steve MacIntyre(notes) in Edmonton. Eric Godard(notes). And D.J. King(notes) is a tough guy, too." Paul Bissonette fought exactly none of them last year. [THN]

• The Devils stink, the Rangers are injured, so is it the New York Islanders' time to win the Battle of New York and party like it's 1983? [Globe & Mail]

• The Montreal Canadiens are still waiting for the return of Andrei Markov(notes) from injury. [Sportsnet]

• Make it six straight starts for Michal Neuvirth(notes) for the Washington Capitals, as he gets the call against what's expected to be Tim Thomas(notes). [Capitals Insider]

• Jeff Klein of the New York Times with details on a Mayo Clinic discussion of NHL concussions: "About 44 percent of the players who sustained reported concussions were hit after having just released the puck (defined as having passed it within 0.3 seconds before the hit). Some 31 percent of concussed players did not have the puck at all when they were hit. Just 25 percent of concussed N.H.L.'ers had the puck when they were hit." [NY Times]

Dan Carcillo(notes) is doing what he can to dive back into the Philadelphia Flyers' lineup. [Philly.com]

• Mike Chen explains why he's decided to drop his long-standing objection to coincidental diving penalties: "The next time you see something like this happen, take a step back and don't think of both penalties as connected. Instead, look at what player A did -- was it hooking/tripping/holding/etc.? If yes, then that's a penalty and the refs got it right. Separate from that, did Player B dress up what happened by flailing all over the ice? If yes, then that's diving." [From The Rink]

• Really, nothing gets the fans out for hockey like the nation's leading Tom Petty cover band, as is apparent by this Quad City Mallards ad.

• Remember former NHL defenseman Ric Jackman? Still living the dream, this time with the Utah Grizzlies. [Grizzlies]

Pekka Rinne(notes) is expected back for the Nashville Predators Tuesday night, becoming the first goalie in franchise history to not have his job stolen while on the sidelines. [Tennessean]

• The Copper and Blue looks at who is playing the "tough minutes" in defense for the Edmonton Oilers. [C&B]

• The Calgary Flames have claimed defenseman Brendan Mikkelson(notes) off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks and assigned defenseman T.J. Brodie(notes) to the AHL's Abbotsford Heat. [CBC Sports]

• A photographic multimedia presentation of the Buffalo Sabres 40th anniversary, subtitled "HIS FOOT WAS IN THE $@#!%@% CREASE." [Sabres]

• "Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have placed center Martin Hanzal on the injured reserve list. Hanzal suffered an a lower body injury in last night's game versus the Anaheim Ducks and will be out of the lineup 1-2 weeks. The Coyotes have recalled center Andrew Ebbett(notes) from the San Antonio Rampage (AHL). In 5 games with the Rampage this season, Ebbett has recorded 4 assists, ranking him tied for second on the team in scoring." [Coyotes]

• Why the Chicago Blackhawks' signing of John Scott(notes) was a mistake. [HI]

• Finally, behind the scenes of a very funny Detroit Red Wings commercial, featuring some of the best acting of Mike Babcock's career:

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