Here are your Evening 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.
• Schedule snafus and the like delayed the Headlines, and apologies for that. Check in on Saturday for our Puckhead Forum of insight and whimsy. Thanks again for reading.
• Detroit Red Wings Coach Mike Babcock names Chris Osgood as his official Numero Uno for the Stanley Cup playoffs. Although when you read the full quote ... "I'm pretty sure he is going to start. He's had some good games for us. We believe he can do it. That's what we're basing everything on. ... I'm also in the day-to-day winning business. I haven't won in three outings. Everything's always subject to change. But, at this point, that's sure how I see it." Huh ... Bingo Bango thinks that Ty Conklin's performance against the Blues may have cost him the starting job. [Detroit News]
• Meanwhile, the MSM is starting to discover the fact that the Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks could be headed for an epic first-round matchup. But here's the big news from this Globe & Mail column: Ryan Getzlaf has never heard of the Philadelphia Flyers' Legion of Doom. What the hell is wrong with today's youth? [Globe & Mail]
• Adam Gretz of FanHouse has an in-depth chat with Stephen Walkom, NHL director of officiating. [FanHouse]
• The youngest Staal brother,
Bonus Jonas Jared Staal, signs an amateur tryout contract with San Antonio of the American Hockey League. [AP]
• Tom Hicks made big headlines today when the Dallas Stars owner's sports team holding company failed to make its interest payment on $525 million in loans. Hicks said "none of this impacts either team or the fan experience at either venue." Although beer at Stars games will now be poured directly into the cupped hands of thirsty fans. [Defending Big D]
• The Tampa Bay Lightning are offering steep discounts on tickets to fans who bring in old phone books to their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Jeez, how many does Marty St. Louis need to be able to reach the top of his locker? [Lightning]
• NHL.com talks with ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna about teams folding: "If you've got owners who have a primary business that isn't hockey and it's going bad, then that leaves less time, energy and resources for them to put into a secondary business, in this case owning a minor-league hockey club." [NHL.com]
• Johnny Boychuk of the Providence Bruins was named the winner of the Eddie Shore Award as the American Hockey League's top defensemen. Honestly, winning the Eddie Shore Award sounds much cooler than winning the James Norris, right? [CP]
• Finally, you all know that Ak Bars Kazan rallied from an early three goal deficit to upend Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 4-3 in overtime tonight to even up their best-of-seven games KHL Gagarin Cup finals at one game apiece, right? Here are highlights from the semifinals of the KHL's championship tourney: [H/T The Program]