Thu Jul 28 01:07pm EDT
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.
• It must be the summer of hockey fans climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. We posted a picture of two Washington Capitals fans Wednesday atop Kilimanjaro and Thursday we present you Eric K. and his wife who spent their honeymoon last month making the 19,000-plus foot climb.
• According to Darren Dreger, the AHL's Chicago Wolves will announce the hiring of Craig MacTavish as their new head coach. [TSN]
• Via Dmitry, the president of the Latvian Hockey Federation, says that Mike Keenan is on the top of its list of next possible coaches for the national team. How soon until Keenan is demanding to take on the role of LHF president as well?
• On July 2, Tomas Vokoun(notes) signs a bargain one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Washington Capitals. On July 28, agent Allan Walsh announces on Twitter that Vokoun has chosen Octagon to represent him. Sorry, Michael C. Deutsch.
• Neate Sager on the recent NCAA player defections to the Ontario Hockey League. [Buzzing the Net]
• Michael Arace chimes in on the "Dry Island" rumors and Jeff Carter(notes): "If I am a Jackets fan, I do not fret. Carter can have the lifestyle of Charlie Bukowski so long as he keeps cranking out the poetry. He has averaged 36 goals and 61 points and missed just 10 games the past four seasons. To borrow from the old lady in the diner in "When Harry Met Sally," "I'll have what he's having." [Columbus Dispatch]
• Mike Richards(notes) was introduced to the Los Angeles media Wednesday and is already turning the page. Also, Kings GM Dean Lombardi says things are still on track in regards to discussions with Drew Doughty(notes) on a new contract. [LA Times]
• MLSE is trying to stop Ryerson University in Toronto from using the name Maple Leaf Gardens in their desire to build a 2,500-seat rink on the land that the Leafs once called home. [Globe & Mail]
• There's plenty of "big name" players available on the free-agent market, but it's still slim pickin's. [Toronto Star]
• The St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa Bay is undergoing a $35 million facelift this summer. New sight lines, better seats and rebuilt suites are just part of the renovations. Oh and this: "Another signature addition will be Tesla coils on either side of the scoreboard that will shoot lightning 25 feet." Hey now! [St. Pete Times]
• New York Rangers 2011 first rounder J.T. Miller signed his entry-level contract Thursday. [Rangers]
• Another Gretzky is out of Phoenix. Keith Gretzky was replaced in the Phoenix Coyotes' scouting department by former minor league goaltender Rick Knickle and will be moving on to another NHL organization. [Coyotes]
• A supposed NHL 12 screenshot of the Winnipeg Jets was thought to have unintentionally leaked the new jerseys yesterday. But then you realize, "Hey, that's Nicklas Backstrom(notes)" and "Hey, the Lightning are wearing their old black jerseys." [GameRant]