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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.

• The Fourth Period reports (confirmed by Comcast) that Jeremy Roenick(notes), as iconic a player for a generation of hockey fans as you'll find, will announce his retirement on Thursday. Hey Versus: get on the phone now and make the inevitable happen. [TFP]

• Veteran defenseman Ken Klee(notes), a UFA from the Phoenix Coyotes, has told his family he's retiring. We confirmed it with his agent. No papers filed with the NHL yet, but it's solid unless something unexpected comes his way. [Thanks to Puck Buddy "xando" who sent over the tip]

• And Retirement Day continues! "According to reports in Finland, veteran Buffalo Sabres defenseman Teppo Numminen(notes) is retiring after 20 NHL seasons." [NHL]

• NHL.com counts down the top U.S.-born players currently playing in the NHL. Zach Parise(notes) of the New Jersey Devils is No. 1; Ryan Miller(notes) probably isn't too pleased with his spot; and is Paul Stastny(notes) being penalized for dual citizenship or something? [NHL.com]

• Great coverage from Michael Schurlein on today's NEw York Islanders fan rally. [@islesblogger]

• The New York Rangers decide they're walking on Nikolai Zherdev's(notes) arbitration award (via Zipay), making him an unrestricted free agent. Larry Brooks explains how Zherdev worked the system to earn his freedom. [NY Post]

• Zherdev has been rumored to be on the Toronto Maple Leafs' radar, but one team you can cross off apparently is the Edmonton Oilers. Tom Renney knows a thing or two about a thing or two when it comes to Zherdev and underwhelming returns. [Edmonton Journal]

• This North Dakota Fighting Sioux bobblehead is obviously a collector's item due to the university's potential nickname change, but beyond that it's ridiculously awesome. Even if it does look a little like Robbie Williams. [eBay]

• The Russians release their Olympic camp roster, and it's missing a few interesting names: Sergei Samsonov(notes), Vyacheslav Kozlov and Alexei Yashin(notes). [CTV]

• Agent on Alex Burrows(notes) being accused of a reckless stick incident in a summer league game: "It's not a fun situation." Interesting tidbit at the end regarding the tenacious Vancouver Canucks forward having to quit playing ball hockey because he was feeling "targeted." [Province]

• Chris Zimmerman, the chief executive of Canucks Sports and Entertainment, is expected to resign. The good: Redesigning the Vancouver Canucks uniforms. The bad: The Mats Sundin(notes) saga. The ugly: Whatever the hell the 7th Canuck was. [Slam Sports]

• Mirtle believes that if the Phoenix Coyotes reach a one-time auction for all bidder, we could see other parties interested in relocating the club enter the picture. We think he means potential NHL cities, rather than Winnipeg and Hartford. [From The Rink]

• NY Sen. Chuck Schumer pledges his support to get the AHL Syracuse Crunch an outdoor game next season. In a related story, someone apparently made the mistake of putting a microphone in front of NY Sen. Chuck Schumer. [Syracuse.com]

• John Hynes, who has spent the last seven years as a head coach at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, leaves to take a gig as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins' minor league affiliate in Wilkes-Barre Scranton. [USA Hockey]

Michael Nylander(notes) of the Washington Capitals tells Swedish media (via Japers' Rink) that Caps coach Bruce Boudreau said Nyls wasn't "good enough" to play last season. Boudreau, through a team spokesman, denies the claim. And thus ends today's lesson about the dangers of no-trade clauses. [Capitals Insider]

• Scotty Gomez is getting to know Montreal, and who better to lead the tour than Max Lapierre? [25 Stanley]

• For the alt-media fans in the readership: The Associated Press is making noise about charging for excerpting their stories, like when a blog references an AP article and clips a few graphs. While this won't affect the Y! blogs, it's going to have a chilling effect on many other sports sites if it comes to pass, which is damn shame ... for the Associated Press. [OFB]

• Rather hilarious BMR take on the Nashville Predators' new slogan. [BMR, via Dirk Hoag]

• Speaking of hockey yuks, Eyes on the Prize presents the Top 10 Montreal Canadiens rumours of the summer, including: "5 - Reports are unconfirmed thus far, but rumour has it that when Gainey was asked what he felt was his best acquisition over the summer, he replied without hesitation that is was coach Jacques Martin. Source: Rejean Tremblay on weed." [EOTP]

• Bleacher Report offers a gallery of the top 10 "sleeper teams" for next season. [BR]

• New ownership for the Florida Panthers could be a really wonderful thing or it could totally suck. One of the two. [SI]

• Finally, what better way to end this that with Tracy Morgan vs. Jeremy Roenick for ESPN Hockey? "I'm acc-ur-it!"

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