Mon Dec 13 03:17pm EST
Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.
• What you see here is the mock-up for the holiday hockey jersey that the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL) will wear on Wednesday and Friday this week. The Florida Everblades think this needs more toxic green and lights on palm trees.
• San Jose Sharks left wing Ryane Clowe(notes), Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury(notes) and Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Rick Nash(notes) have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending Dec. 12. Clowe led all scorers last week with eight points (three goals, five assists) as the Sharks (15-10-4) won three of four games. Puck Buddy SkinnyPPPhish reports that Logan Couture(notes) went 4 goals, 1 assist during that stretch.
• Good piece by Kent Wilson on the Dion Phaneuf(notes) trade, as the Toronto Maple Leafs will visit Calgary for the first time this week since the blockbuster: "There's plenty of time for things to change for one or both clubs going forward. That said, nearly a year out, the Phaneuf deal looks like a loser for both organizations." [HOTH]
• Stathead nerd alert! Good piece by Matt Barr on the best teams at 5-on-5 this season. [Thrashable]
• Hilary Duff may have a bone to pick with Pittsburgh Penguins Coach Dan Bylsma. [The Confluence]
• Detroit Red Wings Coach Mike Babcock on Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty: "He's just been touched by God." Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty(notes) on Mike Babcock: "I don't know why he's saying that." [LA Times, which also reports that defenseman Willie Mitchell(notes) is back for the Kings tonight vs. Detroit]
• Jody Shelley(notes) of the Philadelphia Flyers on his 2-game suspension for hitting Adam McQuaid(notes) of the Boston Bruins from behind on a race for the puck: "I had no intentions of running him into the boards ... I felt it could have gone either way." Keep in mind Colin Campbell didn't have a hand in this one, because his son plays for the Bruins. Uh-huh. Not a hand at all. Nope. [The 700 Level]
• Gary Bettman is the 11th most influential person in sports according to Sports Business Journal. Of course they mean as a men's fashion icon, why do you ask? [SBJ]
• Tremendous stuff from the Phoenix Coyotes and other NHL teams: "The Phoenix Coyotes and 27 other NHL teams have donated signed authentic game-worn captains' jerseys to be auctioned off on NHL.com beginning Thursday, December 16 and running through Thursday, December 30. With the support of Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney, Coyotes Equipment Manager Stan Wilson and his counterpart with the Minnesota Wild, Tony DaCosta are organizing the NHL jersey auction to raise funds for the family of Jukka Nieminen. Nieminen was the Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets' massage therapist from 1993-2010 who passed away on June 11, 2010. Nieminen is survived by his two daughters Alexandra, 12, and Caroline, 7 and all money raised will be directed to their college fund." [Coyotes]
• Elliotte Friedman on an odd sight during the Montreal Canadiens/Detroit Red Wings game: "Don't believe for a second that referee Marcus Vinnerborg was biased in calling the Montreal-Detroit game. (The Canadiens were livid about a third-period non-call, and power plays were 6-1 for the Wings.) Do believe, however, shaking hands with Johan Franzen(notes) was bad optics. ‘He's a good ref,' said another official. ‘But I'm sure (the league) will talk to him about that.'" [CBC Sports]
• Above is the lede from Harvey Fialkov's preview story on the Florida Panthers' game against the Nashville Predators tonight. Below is an indication of what the original metaphor was; we're guessing someone in the editorial process felt that trapped miners wasn't a humorous comparison to draw when talking about offensively challenged hockey teams. They were wrong. [Sun Sentinel]
• First person account of the Big Chill between Michigan and Michigan State in front of 113,411 puckheads. [WCHB]
• Finally, Matt Duchene(notes) of the Colorado Avalanche tweeted the following: "I've been asked what the 'dance' is that Stastny and I do after wins. Well here's the answer." We approve, as does NPH, which is all you need to know.