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Here are your Morning 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.

• Seth at Empty Netters with the Epic Fail of the day: A Pittsburgh Penguins jersey with Pittsburgh Pirates legend Roberto Clemente's name and number on the back. As Seth so eloquently put it: "No. 21 is retired by the Penguins for Michel Briere who died under horrible circumstances of his own. Is it really necessary to combine the two tragedies, even if it's unintentional?" Wait, does that mean we can't wear our Blair Betts No. 15 Yankees jersey anymore? [Empty Netters]

• Brett Wilson, a Calgary businessman and reality TV show panelist, is the latest potential co-owner for a post-Boots Nashville Predators team. Please note there is no affirmation that the Preds will remain in Nashville. [Globe & Mail]

• The Barry Melrose Coach-o-Meter 3000 has been activated. We are at Code Orange, repeat, Code Orange [Barry Melrose Rocks]

• The New York Islanders got nine power plays last night, and Tampa Bay Lightning beat writer Damian Cristodero unleashes hell on referees who are calling games too tightly this season. [Lightning Strikes]

• David Carle speaks about better testing for heart conditions in hockey after the Alexei Cherepanov tragedy. [Denver Post]

• Don Cherry's son said the CBC biopic of his father's life will "is pretty close to 'Goodfellas.'" Opening narration: "As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be an angry xenophobe in a loud jacket." Can't wait for that scene with Ron MacLean asking him, "Funny how? Am I a clown to you?" [Globe & Mail]

• Coach Peter Laviolette does away with pregame skates for the Carolina Hurricanes. Pretty easy call when you've seen more injuries in the last three years than an ER nurse. [N&O]

Devin Setoguchi and Torrey Mitchell are being fed by San Jose Sharks' teammate Jeremy Roenick's family. This gives Steven Ovadia a killer idea for a 1970s-style sitcom in which the Roenick family is forced to adopt the two players. We vote for Jerry Stiller and Mr. Belding as a pair of bickering INS agents. [Puck Update]

Steve MacIntyre ... not exactly a ballerina out there. [Sun Media]

• Remember Eric Godard's fight against Riley Cote from earlier this week? Well, Lori has made Godard her new hockey boyfriend, and explains her dream date with the Pittsburgh Penguins pugilist. One that involved him sailing a boat into inner city Cleveland. [Hockey, Football and Stiletto Shoes]

• The good news for the struggling Philadelphia Flyers: Defenseman Randy Jones could return from injury sooner than expected. The bad news: They've matched the worst four-game start in franchise history, and better figure this thing out before the Phillies' season ends and talk radio looks for fresh blood in the water. [Philly.com]

New Jersey Devils beat writer Rich Chere answers "morning after" questions about the team's defense against the Atlanta Thrashers and Brian Rolston's injury. Great format, and something every beat writer should steal. [Star Ledger]

Detroit Red Wings coach and master psychologist Mike Babcock gets political about President Bush: "He seemed like a real quality man. I'm sure he'll be thrilled to be done with the eight-year sentence and on his way to doing something more positive." [Detroit News]

• Hey, we were nominated for "Best Other Sports Video Blogger" in the 2008 Sports Blogscars! And we didn't win. [NESW]

• Finally, Martin Chabada was an Islanders eighth-round draft pick in 2002. He is currently playing left wing in the Swedish Elitserien league. And this, sadly, is his theme song:

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