Mon Mar 07 03:33pm 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.
• Spotted by reader Brendan Welch at the Vancouver Canucks vs. Anaheim Ducks game Sunday night: a potentially historic summit between Green and Orange Men. (If anyone has a better image, hit us at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
• Yahoo! Sports' Nick Cotsonika updates the Phoenix Coyotes' situation, given the latest legal wrangling and Jets talk. "I don't anticipate a lawsuit brought by Glendale (to the extent one is filed) will ultimately have any impact on how the franchise issue plays out," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an email Monday. [Y! Sports]
• The Globe & Mail roundtable looks at Winnipeg as a viable option for the NHL. Interesting debates about the Canadian dollar, television rights and the next CBA. David Shoalts nails it: "Gary Bettman has moved heaven and earth to keep Phoenix, which is a large television market, in the league. I don't think he is finished pulling rabbits out of hats yet, although time is running short." [Globe & Mail]
• Meanwhile, an interesting bit from Coyotes blog Five For Howling: "How The Goldwater Institute Is Proving Phoenix is a Hockey Market." [FFH]
• Fire Sather!, one year later. Nice follow-up from Joe DeLessio on the rally last season that called for the New York Rangers' GM to get canned. "While he has turned things around a bit this year, I'd still love it if we went another direction in the GM position." [NY Mag, via Kukla]
• Jacques Lemaire on the reality of the NJuggernaut in the Eastern Conference: "The thing is games are running out. That's what I'm looking at. Soon there will be 10 games left. Soon. So, let's say we lose one or two games there. We're back to where we were." [Fire & Ice]
• Terrible news for the Calgary Flames: Brendan Morrison(notes), who have been working well with Jarome Iginla(notes) and Alex Tanguay(notes), could miss up to three weeks with a bum knee. [Calgary Herald]
• Our stat nerd Matt Barr with a hockey fan flow chart. Memorize its many truths. [Kertwang.me]
• Satire: "Canucks outraged after Alfredsson guarantees Vancouver will win Cup." [Intent To Blow]
• Los Angeles Kings coach Terry Murray tries to tell Dustin Penner(notes) to relax: "It's been a pretty intense, probably month, maybe longer for him. His name surfaced almost every time there was a conversation about Edmonton with the trade deadline approaching. Now it's done and over, and he can become a part of the L.A. Kings as quickly as possible just by relaxing and getting to know your teammates." [LA Kings Insider]
• How much would you spend for the puck Wayne Gretzky used to score point No. 1,851 in the NHL to break Gordie Howe's all-time record? "As of Sunday, the top bid for the puck was $3,661. The auction ends March 29, with most bids typically being registered in the final days or hours of the sale. [National Post]
• Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla, Buffalo Sabres defenseman Andrej Sekera(notes) and Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price(notes) have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending March 6.
• This was all over the place last weekend, but in case you missed it: Donald Brashear(notes), beloved former NHL pugilist, showing that (thankfully) all of those fights have done nothing to diminish the speed of his drinking hand. [JT Utah]
• Spector on the future of Shea Weber(notes) and the Nashville Predators: "If unsigned by July 1 it's possible Weber, a restricted free agent, will receive an offer sheet from a rival club that is perhaps too expensive for the cost-conscious Predators to match, but one shouldn't rule out the Predators re-signing him to a multi-year deal before then." [THN]
• Cam Cole on Mike Milbury: "Problem is, Milbury is like an actor -- like, I don't know, Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker in Star Wars) or Patrick Fugit (the kid in Almost Famous) -- who's only ever had one great role in his career." Total disrespect for Mark Hamill's turn as the villain in "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back." [Vancouver Sun]
• New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick gave an inspirational speech to the Boston College hockey team last week. So inspiring, in fact, that the players immediately ran out and purchased several thousand dollars of video surveillance equipment. [Boston Herald]
• Finally ... mascots ... hockey ... OZZY. What's not to like?