Thu Oct 21 02:45pm 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.
• Do not adjust the contrast on your screen: The Columbus Blue Jackets became the Columbus Lavender Sweaters in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month during warm-ups Wednesday night.
• Via Bob McKenzie on Twitter, there will be no supplemental discipline for the Erik Cole(notes) hit on Drew Doughty(notes) of the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday night (video here). From McKenzie: "As for Cole-Doughty, NHL apparently believes contact was accidental/incidental so no discipline will be forthcoming." [McKenzie; more from FanHouse]
• Via Rich Hammond, Doughty will miss a week with an upper body injury. [LA Kings Insider]
• The Toronto Maple Leafs refuse to take the Sean Avery(notes) bait before their rematch with the Rangers Thursday night. Well, almost all of them, as Avery's OHL teammate Mike Zigomanis(notes) said: "We were on the same team ... But we were never teammates. I wouldn't invite him over for tea and biscuits, if that's what you're asking." [National Post, and more from the Globe & Mail]
• Russian media reported SKA of the KHL was in talks with Wayne Gretzky to be its coach. Pierre LeBrun texted The Great One who shot that thing down in record time. All this does is confirm our theory, which is that NHL Center Ice PPV was not available in Russia during Gretzky's tenure with Phoenix. [Sporting News]
• Points per minute is a fun stat, but excuse us for believing it may be a little early to evaluate this season's numbers when Colorado Avalanche center Mark Oliver, currently of the AHL, is atop your leader board. [TSN]
• Devastating story from Alan Maki about NHL alumni and their financial hardship, centering on the late Walt Poddubny: "When 49-year-old Poddubny succumbed to a heart attack last year, his post-hockey plight spoke of a man who had played hard and made good money for his time, but nowhere near what today's NHL players receive. In that regard, he was hardly alone." [Globe & Mail]
• Marty Biron gets the start for the New York Rangers at the Toronto Maple Leafs. [Brooks]
• Interesting stuff from Kent Wilson about the waiving of Nigel Dawes(notes) by the Atlanta Thrashers: "Nigel Dawes is obviously not the kind of player that's not going to single-handedly tip the scales for any team he's on. His retention obviously wasn't going to help the Thrashers not be terrible (which they are). However, the capped NHL is an efficiency test, and the fact that Dawes can't seem to stick with an NHL team despite a cheap contract and arrows pointing in the right directions is just another micro-example of how GM's sometimes get things wrong."
• Via Puck Buddy Stefanie U., here are two Boston Bruins fans getting amped for the their first home game Thursday night. Creepy part: It was posted on Oct. 15; have they been rocking the body suits since then?
• From the NCAA: The Bemidji State Beavers and the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks will be members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. [NHL.com]
• Blogs and Bloggity Stuff: The Bleacher Report is trying to shine up a turd now that they're associated with the Washington Post. [Deadspin]
• Chatting with Zenon Konopka(notes) about having 33 fights last season: "I didn't set out to have 33 fights last year, so who knows what happens. At the end of the day, it's make the playoffs. If we make the playoffs, everyone in here doesn't care about the stats. We don't care about how many fights, how many goals, how many assists or anything else. We've succeeded, and that's what we're shooting for." [Lightning Strikes]