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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.

• Our buddy Japers sent over this Semyon Varlamov(notes) tattoo on the arm of some Washington Capitals fan. Why are you seeing it here? Because Varlamov announced he's switching from No. 40 to No. 1 this season. Ouch.

• The New York Rangers comes to terms with RFA defenseman Dan Girardi on a four-year deal at $3.325 million against the cap annually. Blueshirt Banter's take: "Not horrible, but more expensive then I previously expected." [BB]

• The Nashville Predators name Shea Weber(notes) captain with the hope that the honor will help convince him to stay in Nashville long-term. Hey, it worked for Kovalchuk. Wait, it totally didn't? Our mistake. [ESPN]

• Why was the late Bob Probert an important asset for a team? Said his former Detroit Red Wings teammate Steve Yzerman, who eulogized him at his funeral Friday: "Everybody, for the most part, just stuck to hockey when Proby was on the ice." [Lightning Strikes]

Taylor Hall(notes) on Edmonton: "I don't think the spotlight is going to be so bright here that I can't be me." [Slam Sports]

Marty Turco(notes) keeps waiting. And waiting. And waiting. [Dallas Stars Blog]

• EJ Hradek reports that the San Jose Sharks won't be in on Marty Turco. [@EJHradek_ESPN]

• The Pittsburgh Penguins are holding auditions for their Ice Crew. Not "Ice Girls," but Ice Crew. Which means women and dudes. Which no doubt saddens Max Talbot(notes). [Penguins]

Scott Hartnell(notes) is going to play tennis against Serena Williams. Better chance he throws a glove to stop a serve or bites her finger during the post-match handshakes? [Flyer Files, via Broad Street Hockey]

• Could the Knicks losing out on LeBron affect the Rangers? [Scotty Hockey]

• Honestly, we had no idea Brett Lebda's(notes) contract could inspire this level of analysis. [Winging It In Motown]

• The New York Islanders rookies go fishing. And unlike their team in free agency, they actually caught something significant. [Islanders]

• What associate coach John Torchetti brings to the Atlanta Blackhawks, er, Thrashers. [NHL]

• Ryan Kennedy on why Jay Feaster's joining the Calgary Flames is a good thing. [THN]

• We weren't aware there were Mike Modano(notes) and/or Simon Gagne(notes) rumors in connection with the St. Louis Blues, but nevertheless they're analyzed here. [Frozen Notes]

• Adam Proteau helps solve the mystery of Mike Rathje(notes) (last question). [THN]

• Jersey Foul leftover from Puck Buddy Matt M. No truth to the rumor this was once owned by Rick Tocchet.

• Dave Andrews will continue to be the president of the AHL until 2015, overseeing countless relocations and NHL rule-change proposals until then. [AHL]

• Bargain hunting the remaining UFA goalies. Fascinated to see where Jose Theodore(notes) ends up. Not so much Manny Legace(notes), unless it's as Sarah Palin's chief-of-staff. [Hockey or Die]

• So who's more delusional: Sergei Gonchar(notes) for thinking the Ottawa Senators can win the Cup, or Bryan Murray for saying "I don't think age is a factor for a player of this nature" with regard to the 36-year-old free agent? [Senators]

• Defenseman Mark Stuart(notes) signs a one-year deal with the Boston Bruins. [Bruins]

• "Yesterday, Seguin lined up between No. 32 overall pick Jared Knight - the first two products of the Phil Kessel(notes) trade, the gift that keeps on giving (the Maple Leafs will also fork over their 2011 first-round selection)." [Boston Globe]

• Congrats to Jon Jordan on his new digs over at Hockey Independent. Solid coverage of the Tampa Bay Lightning. [HI]

• Finally, Preds On The Glass did a great job chronicling the "Skate of the Union" panel discussion Thursday night, with video of the entire event. Here's the segment that features Shea Weber's captaincy announcement. The fans sound rather pleased. There are also words from Matthew Lombardi(notes), in which the fans are reminded the Lombardi Trophy wasn't named after him.

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