August 04, 2008
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.
• Barry Melrose Rocks hips us to this tremendous article in Newsday about New York sports fans and their body art dedications to the home team. This "Fishsticks the Pooh" tattoo is on the ankle of Alyssa Gluck of Hicksville; Meanwhile, "Laura Potavin, a 27-year-old insurance broker from Massapequa, loves the Islanders so much that she endured the pain to have their logo tattooed on her bikini line."
First of all ... "Potavin" and a New York Islanders fan? What are the odds? Secondly, we know a certain goaltender with a lifetime contract that specializes in examining bikini line hockey logos. Just sayin'. The tattoo gallery is here, where thankfully shots like this are at a minimum.
• Theo Fleury is ready to play ball for the Calgary Vipers, an independent professional baseball team. We don't know whether to make the Eddie Gaedel joke or the Dwight Gooden/snorting up the foul lines joke. [Sportsnet]
• The Tampa Bay Lightning have taken plenty of shots this summer. But offering fans a season ticket for $6.20 a game seems like a rather bulletproof idea, and this David Carle story just keeps getting more and more emotional. [The Two-Line Pass]
• Terry Jones looks back at the Wayne Gretzky trade, and a day that changed the game forever. [Edmonton Sun]
• The International Ice Hockey Federation plans to rule on the Alexander Radulov situation with the KHL and the Nashville Predators sometime this month. "Even if the IIHF determines the KHL acted improperly in signing Radulov, it's unclear whether that would lead to Radulov's return to the Predators." [Tennessean]
• Terry Frei of ESPN ranks the NHL's 29 (c'mon, Islanders) coaches. Which is rather pointless when you consider how many guys haven't coached since before the lockout or at all in the NHL. But really, anything non-Favre related from the WWL should be praised at this point. [ESPN]
• Chicago Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon hasn't spoken to Nikolai Khabibulin since Cristobal Huet signed as a free agent this summer. Huet, by the way, is ready to beat the Bulin Wall out for the starting job. [NHL.com]
• The Los Angeles Kings announced that Mark Hardy, Jamie Kompon and Nelson "hockey card you always ended up getting in wax packs" Emerson will be assistant coaches under Terry Murray. Almost-head-coach Mike Johnston was offered a job within the organization; Dave Lewis is, sadly for some and appropriately enough for others, unemployed. [Inside the Kings]
• Finally, some more Ice Girls news: The folks over on Puck That Hit have gotten word from a member of the Chicago Blackhawks Ice Crew that they have increased their roster after winning PTH's Hottest Ice Girls contest last season. And from the looks of things, they're also on a mission to eliminate the need for sled dogs in the Iditarod.