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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.

• Dobber's fantasy column and Cup picks coming up this afternoon. Jersey Fouls return on Friday. Don't forget: We name the Three Stars of the games after every day of NHL action here on Puck Daddy.

• Rather stunning turn of events for the New Jersey Devils today, and a rather sad one for hockey fans: Brendan Shanahan(notes) and the Devils agreed on his departure after he wasn't given a role on the top three lines. He later told Kevin Allen of USA Today that he'll contemplate his future over the next few weeks. We don't think it's a stretch to say Shanny had achieved beloved player status for a majority of puckheads, even when playing for some divisive teams. He was an ambassador for the NHL and a hell of a hockey player. Hopefully he continues, in some way, to give something memorable to this game. [Fire & Ice]

• We love lists: Here are the Top 10 dirtiest players in the NHL today. Honestly, Jarkko Ruutu(notes) and Matt Cooke(notes) needs to be a tad higher. [The Hockey Writers]

Zdeno Chara(notes): It's not just me vs. Ovechkin tonight. [Haggs]

• Exiled Washington Capitals center Michael Nylander(notes) to the KHL? The rumors are heating up again, even if logic dictates otherwise. [Japers Rink]

• TV deals, Balsillie defeated ... pretty much the best day in Phoenix Coyotes franchise history. [Five For Howling]

• Damien Cox's claims of fervent anti-Canadian bias in the Coyotes case and the NHL's dealings makes us wonder if he actually read the judge's verdict. Because, like most Canadian pundits, he's arguing Balsillie's PR campaign rather than the facts of the case. [Toronto Star]

• Jibblescribbits with the Top 19 Joe Sakic(notes) moments as his number ascends to the rafters for the Colorado Avalanche. [Jibblescribbits]

Brad Lukowich(notes) is still property of the Vancouver Canucks, but will be playing for the Texas Stars of the AHL. We certainly hope there's someone that can make Luko feel comfortable in his new surroundings. Ah, there they are. [Faceoff]

• Pension Plan Puppets honors Mats Sundin(notes), who is 'the greatest player ever to retire as a Vancouver Canuck.' [PPP]

• The Adirondack Phantoms, presented by Bud Light. [Phantoms]

• Elliotte Friedman points out that the NHLPA probably shouldn't have hired Alan Eagleson's buddy to investigate Paul Kelly. [CBC Sports]

Vladimir Sobotka(notes) is not exactly happy with this whole demotion from the Boston Bruins to Providence thing. [Bruins Blog]

James van Riemsdyk(notes) makes the Philadelphia Flyers as Blair Betts(notes) remained in limbo. [Philly.com]

• The tensions between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis are getting near Kevin Lowe-feud levels. After Ron Wilson was accused of tampering with the Sedins, now we have GM Brian Burke squealing that the Canucks offered Alex Burrows(notes), Kevin Bieksa(notes) and a first-round pick for the right to draft Victor Hedman(notes). Gillis denies the claim as preposterous, saying "I would've thought that a GM with Brian's experience would realize that." [Globe & Mail]

• We used to love watching Bob Probert and Tie Domi dance. Now? Not so much. [CBC]

• Whoa: 142 reasons to love hockey. [Let's Play Hockey]

• The Edmonton Oilers penalty killing should be better this year, right? Right? [Canada.com]

• We're really not sure what it all means, but the "Game-Winning Save" stat sure does sound interesting. [On Goal Analysis]

• How many players have worn both Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens jerseys? The number hits 84 this season. [Eyes on the Prize]

• How many Florida Panthers players are suffering through the flu over in Europe? The number his four this season. [Sun Sentinel]

• The St. Louis Blues still have some mountains to climb this season. [St. Louis Today]

• Mascots from the Los Angeles Kings, Washington Capitals, Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers present the prizes on "The Price Is Right" showcase showdown. Poor girl is standing there thinking, "Great, hockey jerseys ... where's my space-age kitchen range or house boat, Drew?" Spoiler: Yet another person who undervalues the joys of hockey, apparently. [Part One and Part Two, via NHL]

• Finally, the New York Rangers did Letterman and read the "Top Ten Things Never Before Spoken by a Hockey Player" list. We vehemently dispute Christopher Higgins'(notes) claim that no hockey player has ever said, "For good luck, I lick the puck." Anyhoo, their top 10 list can be viewed here, but wouldn't you rather see them carry out some old broad for an interview?

"Do any of you gentlemen know why Mark hasn't retured my calls for the last 15 years?"

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