Wed Jul 28 02:34pm EDT
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.
• Justin Bieber's shameful hockey past! (We just assume that would be the tabloid headline.) From Best Week Ever: "Photos have surfaced of the Biebs posing in his hockey gear in Canada back in 2005 and 2006, way before he became arguably the hottest teen lady commodity [since] Junior Tampax." [More photos from BWE]
• New Jersey Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek speaks to fans, believes the Ilya Kovalchuk(notes) case will go quickly and that there's been a spike in ticket sales because of the signing. [In Lou We Trust]
• A plea for Erik Johnson(notes) of the St. Louis Blues to get BizNasty on his Twitter feed: "Don't fall for the politically correct police, EJ. Stand your ground and Tweet whatever the hell you want to tweet. Tweet it big, Tweet it loud. Tweet it proud. Post some shirtless photos of Perron and Berglund." [St. Louis Game Time]
• Why the hell couldn't the makers of "Mad Men" get the rights to a Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New York Rangers hockey game from 1964 for the season premiere? And couldn't Don Draper have just sweet-talked the rights-holder into granting clearance and/or sleeping with him? [LA Times]
• The NHL's top 20 defensemen. Agree? Disagree? [Kurtenblog]
• Mirtle's list of the still-available free agents on the market, including ones he figures are "signing soon." [Globe & Mail]
• Another look at the free-agent pool from Sports Lifestyle Network. [SLN]
• Scott Hartnell(notes) on Simon Gagne's(notes) departure from the Philadelphia Flyers: ""It won't be fun playing against him. Pucks will be in the corner and he and I will be going after it and hopefully I will be able to come up with it instead of him." [Philly.com]
• This Steve Dangle "Leaf for a Day" video is hilarious for many reasons, but mostly because he filmed it with his laptop. Which is like carrying a boom box to record interviews. [YouTube]
• All four Staal brothers attended the world junior baseball championships at Port Arthur Stadium in Thunder Bay, where an off-leash dog park over the outfield fence has been transformed into "The Bike Staal", where fans can "park their bicycles free of charge." Cool. Now about that Bathroom Staal ... [Sports Network]
• Ryan Dixon on the Alex Frolov signing by the New York Rangers: "Frolov is a lighter version of another he-loves-me, he-loves-me-not player the Rangers used to employ, Alex Kovalev(notes). The latter, in his prime, possessed more game-changing ability than Frolov, but they're still cut from the same maddening cloth." Oy. [THN]
• Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk: "We've had a long tradition here of having premium goaltenders. Marty Turco(notes) has been a solid goaltender here for over a decade now and has done great things on and off the ice. But I just felt for the long-term success of our franchise, we needed to acquire Kari Lehtonen(notes)." Needed to? [Stars]
• Very interesting (and, warning, Capitals-centric) look at what makes a 5-tool player in hockey. [Japers' Rink]
• Finally, here are Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby(notes) taking the first skate at the new home of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Observation No. 1: The locker room is about 300 times larger than the one at Mellon. Observation No. 2: Isn't it adorable that they both touched their blades to the ice at the same time?