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Puck Headlines: Vokoun Capitals’ starter; Miss USA, Canucks fanHere 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.

• Miss USA Alyssa Campanella, shown here preparing in case Lil' Wayne is a judge at the Miss Universe pageant, tells Fox Sports West that she's a huge hockey fan … of the Vancouver Canucks. "I don't have a favorite player, but I do like watching the Sedins score. I think I like Henrik, but I don't exactly have a particular favorite." Sorry, Daniel. [Fox Sports West]

Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli on talks with Brad Marchand(notes), a restricted free agent: "We've continued to talk. We've had some discussion, and we'll leave it at that." [Big Bad Blog]

• The Washington Capitals rode Michal Neuvirth(notes) through their (brief) playoff run last postseason, but Coach Bruce Boudreau says it's free-agent signee Tomas Vokoun's(notes) job: "If you're looking at a guy that's had the experience and done everything and if they're a No. 1 goalie... You've got to give Vokoun the respect that he's coming in and he's going to be the No. 1 guy. We'll see where it goes from there." [Capitals Insider]

• The 10 best free agent signings of the off-season so far. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]

• BREAKING: NATO commander from New England is a Bruins fan. [CP]

• Great look at the Dallas Stars post Brad Richards(notes) from Mike Heika: "Could new coach Glen Gulutzan better use Richards on the power play now that Souray is there to take some pressure off?  On paper, that would have been the best answer.  Too bad it was never an option." [Dallas Stars Blog]

• Why the NHL turned over its ad sales to NBC Universal. [Ad Age]

• The many financial headaches for Gary Bettman this summer. [Globe & Mail]

Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman on trade offers for Steven Stamkos(notes) from other teams: "I'm not interested in discussing a possible trade. I'm committed to re-signing Steven." [Lightning Strikes]

• Please to be welcoming Rodriguez and Granderson Are Dead to the hockey blogosphere. If this post on the salary cap is any indication, it's a great addition to the debates. [R&GAD]

• Looking at the current career arc of former top prospect Angelo Esposito(notes), now a member of the Florida Panthers. [HOTH]

• Jaroslav Jirik, the first Czech allowed to play in the NHL during the country's communist era, died Monday in a plane crash. He was 71. [CP]

• The Phoenix Coyotes are vital to the survival of the potentially foreclosed-upon Westgate City Center, though perhaps not as vital as a Target Outlet Store would be. [Arizona Republic]

Puck Headlines: Vokoun Capitals’ starter; Miss USA, Canucks fan

• Wayne Gretzky is selling some kind of muscle supplement miracle bill. Is the science real? Better question: Why the [expletive] is he wearing purple and silver? [Singularity Hub]

• The Anaheim Ducks sign Dan Sexton(notes) to a two-year deal that's "two-way in nature in the first year and one-way in 2012-13." [Ducks Blog]

• Breaking down the specifics on a Blake Comeau(notes) arbitration with the New York Islanders. [Lighthouse Hockey]

• Looking back at the early harbingers of doom on long-term player contracts in the NHL. [The Good Point]

• Interesting piece by Tyler Dellow on the value of winning faceoffs on the penalty kill, as his statistic evaluation of the season's power plays finds a small difference in effectiveness for teams that win or lose the opening draw of a kill. [mc79hockey]

• With Nicklas Lidstrom(notes) bringing up the mean, the Detroit Red Wings had the oldest defense among NHL playoff teams. The youngest on average? The Nashville Predators. [The Ruff Writers]

• Interesting analysis of Teemu Selanne(notes), Paul Kariya(notes) and their numbers playing together. [Battle of Cali]

Lee Sweatt(notes) to the Ottawa Senators. [TSN]

The Chief offers the expected response to our Commodore 64 post. We've done this dance with him for so long that we've worn out the hardwood. That said, the editor of 'Tin Foil-To-Persecution Complex' accusing someone else of an "effort at martyrdom" ranks among the most unintentionally hilarious moments of the young offseason. Kudos. [Abel To Yzerman]

• Ryan Batty on the low expectations for the Edmonton Oilers. Congrats for a nice tie-in with a personal story about his wife, and for not using "Lowe" in the headline like NHL.com would. [Copper & Blue]

• There is no offseason for NHL.com Pundays! How many ways can one site use "Brad" in headlines? [The Royal Half]

• The wife of Adam Pineault, a Columbus Blue Jackets draft pick in 2004, has been diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, a rare form of cancer. Puck-Rakers is asking for some help, either in funds or good vibes for them. [Puck-Rakers]

• Finally, Lambert mentioned this in What We Learned, but here's Episode 1 of a behind the scenes documentary (6 part series) on the Minnesota Wild off-season. In runs about 22 minutes.

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