June 23, 2010
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.
• 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?"
• 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]
• 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]
• 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]
• 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]
• And another tribute to Nabby. [Obstructed View Sports]
• The Hockey News hits the Vegas strip to see if people know the 2010 NHL Awards show is in town. [THN]