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• The new Ted Lindsay Award, the players-voted MVP award from the NHLPA. Wow, that is the opposite of terrible. Did Todd McFarlane design this bad boy or something? Honesly, though: That thing looks breakable. How long before Alex Ovechkin(notes) drops it and glues the stick on upside down like the statue in "Goonies?"

• Ovechkin holds court with the media in Las Vegas, talking about Stephen Strasburg, Nicklas Backstrom(notes), an NHL team in Sin City and the MVP award. [Capitals Insider]

• Did old man Pat Quinn slip up and reveal that the Edmonton Oilers are selecting Taylor Hall first overall? And is this still actually a mystery? [QMI]

• Michael Russo gets this from Bryan Murray on Jason Spezza(notes): He's not aggressively shopping him and there haven't been any bona fide offers. And why would there be offers after he was traded to the Blue Jackets. [Star Tribune]

• The snubbing of Joe Nieuwendyk by the Hockey Hall of Fame makes the selection committee look "Like Having 18 Jim Joyces." [Defending Big D]

• Looking at who will be snubbed in next year's Hall of Fame class. [PHT]

• The snubbing of Fred Shero by the Hockey Hall of Fame does not make Philadelphians happy. [CSN Philly]

• The New York Rangers draft-day plans, and an incredible photo of Glen Sather. [Blueshirt Banter]

• If you're someone that wants to see Snoop Dogg rocking a No. 99 sweater and talking hockey, then Merry Christmas. [NHL]

• The players most likely to be traded for all 30 teams at the NHL draft. [From The Rink]

Steven Stamkos(notes) offers advice to this year's top draft pick. Like, we're guessing, "don't allow the team that drafts you to create an ad campaign asking if people have seen you yet." [CP]

• A Florida Panthers-centric roundup of reactions to the Nathan Horton(notes) trade to the Boston Bruins. [Litter Box Cats]

• Former Columbus Blue Jackets coach Claude Noel on his determination to get back to the Show. [NHL.com]

St. Louis Blues president John Davidson announced Wednesday the club has given qualifying offers to Nicholas Drazenovic, Jaroslav Halak, T.J. Hensick(notes), Cam Janssen, Erik Johnson, Jonas Junland, D.J. King, David Perron, Ryan Reaves, Alex Steen and Tyson Strachan. [Blues]

• Got extremely excited when we saw this Columbus Blue Jackets news because we read the name as "Fred Berry," and hoped to see the Rerun Dance on the Jackets' bench. Then we realized that Brad Berry was hired as an assistant coach, and that Fred Berry from "What's Happenin'" is actually dead. [Jackets]

• Great stuff on the Nashville Predators' flood-relief efforts. [Predators]

• With the Western Conference being affected by trades and retirements, might the balance of power be shifting at all? [Dallas Morning News]

• The eagle eyes at Icethetics found the logos for next year's Heritage Classic and Winter Classic during the NHL's schedule release on Tuesday. Gotta say the Heritage Classic one does more for us than the Winter Classic one, no matter how hard Sid and Ovie stare at it. [Icethetics]

• Hockey Spy's big NHL draft preview. [THW]

• A tribute to Evgeni Nabokov(notes), now-former San Jose Sharks goaltender. [Fear The Fin]

• And another tribute to Nabby. [Obstructed View Sports]

• The new Allen Americans minor league hockey team needs a mascot. David Backes(notes), please pick up the white courtsey phone ... [Dallas Business Journal]

• The Hockey News hits the Vegas strip to see if people know the 2010 NHL Awards show is in town. [THN]

• Finally, Alex Ovechkin, Jeremy Roenick(notes) and someone who used to be D.B. Sweeney do the red-carpet thing in Vegas. [Alex Ovetjkin]

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