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• Via this NHL.com video, we get a glimpse of one of the more controversial aspects of the new Reebok NHL All-Star Game sweaters: The placement of the numbers above the crest and below the neckline. Honestly, it takes some getting used to, but on an All-Star sweater it's OK ... just nothing we'd EVER want to see on an NHL jersey. [s/t Icethetics]

• We'll have more on this in a bit, but check out the Ron Wilson/600th win bounty story on Eat. Sleep. Leafs. [ESL]

• Our buddy James Mirtle lists the best defensive defensemen in the NHL, and according to the numbers the top three are Brooks Orpik(notes), Roman Hamrlik(notes) and Jaroslav Spacek(notes). Wait, Roman Hamrlik? [Globe & Mail]

• The 10 best puck-handling goalies of all-time. OK, so who's No. 2? [THN]

• Hide the kids: Chris Pronger(notes) is healthy and will return to the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday at the Atlanta Thrashers. [Philly Sports Daily]

• A very humorous and well-drawn take on the NHL Guardians Project. We've met the Islander in Jamaica, and we were defeated. [The Gutter, via Daniel the Swede Living In Ireland]

• A proposal to play the NHL All-Star Game on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa. Because there's nothing sponsors and their families love more than freezing their asses off on a river. [Hockeytalk]

• Does Colton Orr(notes) skate away from the knee-on-knee hit on Logan Couture(notes) of the Sharks without punishment? [Working The Corners]

• Who is the least-deserving all-star selection, CBC Sports wants to know? Why don't they understand that the All-Star Game selections aren't really based on half-season merit anymore, we want to know? [CBC Sports]

• Gary Bettman on whether the league will ever consider the IIHF point system, three points for a win, two points for an overtime win, one point for a loss: "There hasn't been much push, because if you change the point system, you're going to change the dynamic at the end of the game. You will see if a team is up by one goal at the beginning of the third period a much more defensive-oriented game. We've tried to create the opportunity and incentives for a more wide-open game, more scoring chances, so it works well." [FanHouse]

• Avs Guild checks in with its goats for the Colorado Avalanche this season, beginning with Peter Mueller(notes). [Avs Guild]

• The Cannon debates its midseason goats for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Nikita Filatov(notes) would be a solid choice too. [Cannon]

• Matchsticks and Gasoline, meanwhile, debates the Calgary Flames' MVP. [M&G]

• Is Team Sweden goalie Robin Lehner(notes) getting his first NHL start for the Ottawa Senators? [Silver Sevens]

Kyle Okposo(notes) takes part on a full team practice for the New York Islanders. [Isles]

• The Columbus Blue Jackets introduce a commemorative cup at local Wendy's restaurants. Dibs on "closest the fans will ever get to a Blue Jackets Cup" slam-dunk ... [Blue Jackets]

• OUCH: "Play was stopped for nearly 20 minutes during Tuesday's boys ice hockey game between Greenwich and Darien high schools when referee Jim Moran was accidentally struck above the left eye with a high stick, drawing blood. Moran was treated by EMT's at the scene and taken to Greenwich Hospital on a stretcher." [The Daily Darien]

• Enough with the whiney goalies who don't like spin-o-ramas. [Hockey Wilderness]

Brooks Laich(notes) of the Washington Capitals on his team's power play: "I think as players on the power play we've been guilty of standing around too much, moving the puck around the outside and not attacking seams, attacking nets or really putting pressure on the defenders." [Capitals Insider]

Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward Jerred Smithson to a two-year, $1.6 million contract. He will make $800,000 during both the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. [Preds]

• Finally, a rather hilarious interview with BizNasty and Keith Yandle(notes) of the Phoenix Coyotes. "Basically after hockey, I'll be an underwear model." [Coyotes]

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