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• Remember: Rumors Chat today at 1 p.m. Hee-ya!

• Forbes released its list of NHL franchise values with the usual shock and awe. The Toronto Maple Leafs ($470 million), New York Rangers ($416 mil.), Montreal Canadiens ($339 mil.) and Detroit Red Wings ($337 mil.) top the list; the Florida Panthers ($159 mil.), Nashville Predators ($156 mil.), New York Islanders ($149 mil.), Atlanta Thrashers ($143 mil.) and Phoenix Coyotes ($138 mil.) are the least valuable. [Y Sports and Forbes and CBC Sports]

• Just as interesting: Forbes's percentage change from year-to-year for NHL franchise values. Of the 14 teams that lost value since the last list, 13 of them missed the playoffs and eight of them are worth less than $200 million. Oh, and the Islanders brought in $62 million in revenue last season, which is either an argument for a new arena or that the New York market is too oversaturated. [Forbes]

• Steve Ovadia's take on the Forbes list: Contraction. [Puck Update]

• William Houston on the Mike Danton interview that's the talk of the hockey world in Canada today. In the U.S.? We get a former beauty queen going nuts on Larry King. Life is unfair. [Truth & Rumours and more from the Toronto Star]

• Brian Burke promised "testosterone." The media wonders if the Leafs have gone soft. Is Toronto's 2009-10 season DVD going to be sponsored by Levitra? [Sun Media]

• The plight of the California hockey fan. Not nearly as sad as the plight of the Wyoming surfer. [Fools and Sages, and worth your time]

Ray Emery(notes) makes his triumphant return to Ottawa, and his former teammates have his back and blame "outside forces" for trying to run Ray out of town as a Sens goalie. [Sun Media]

• Hey, guess who doesn't suck anymore? Cristobal Huet(notes). [Between The Circles]

• Nice job by Lindsay Kramer on an underreported story: Brad Lukowich(notes), property of the Vancouver Canucks, playing with the Dallas Stars' AHL affiliate. [NHL]

Milan Lucic(notes) is back skating with the Boston Bruins for the first time since breaking his finger. Wait, why couldn't he skate with a broken finger? Wuss. [Bruins Blog]

• Adam Proteau's column on depression among hockey players is a reminder that these guys aren't superhuman. [THN]

• More from Scott Niedermayer(notes) on his potential retirement after this season and potential return to the Devils this season. [Fire & Ice]

• Dreger: "Marty Turco, Tim Thomas(notes), Dominic Moore(notes) and Steve Montador(notes) appointed to study and rewrite PA constitution." Crayons optional. [TSN]

• It's official: Peter Forsberg(notes) is Swedish for "Favre-like tease." [Courier Post]

• Reactions on Clarke MacArthur's(notes) hit on Liam Reddox(notes) from FanHouse and Die By The Blade, which comes to the Buffalo Sabres player's defense.

• Jim Kelley is pretty darn happy the NHL GMs have decided to take action against hits to the head: "Protecting people is something civilized people have tried to do dating back to a time before even the National Hockey League was born." [Sportsnet]

• Kudos to our buddy Hex for having the comedic courage to make this obvious and hilarious head shots joke. [Melt Your Face Off]

• The GMs heard about goalie equipment restrictions this week, too: "The ability to have unified measurements of various body parts for every goalie in the NHL is what finally moved the much-discussed plan of height-specific leg pads from the discussion stage to the action stage. In fact, the plan will be in place for the start of next season." [NHL]

• The Columbus Blue Jackets attempt to make sense of the worst home loss in franchise history to the Detroit Red Wings last night. Hitch on Steve Mason(notes): "He's our guy and he's going to have to bury this, and fight, with the rest of us." [Puck-rakers]

• Remembering John Tortorella's Freddy Mercury 'stache. [YouTube, via Puck Buddy Eric]

• Maurice Richard and the Myth of 50 in 50. [On Goal Analysis]

• Finally, it would appear that Victoria's Secret has nominated Patrick Sharp(notes) as "Sexiest Chicago Athlete" against Derrick Rose and Brian Urlacher. Kris Versteeg(notes) continues to be one of the best NHL players in video comedy, somehow turning a "How sexy is Patrick Sharp?" interview into a diss on Patrick Kane(notes). (Thanks to Kris V. for the tip. No, not Versteeg.)

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