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• While this may have seemed like an inspiring commentary on the Dallas Stars' playoff push and Brad Richards'(notes) future with the team, it turns out she was just early for a Bon Jovi concert this weekend.

 

• From the NHL: "Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina(notes) has been suspended for three games and will forfeit $60,096.76 for delivering an elbow to the head of Chicago Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland(notes) in NHL game #1005, the National Hockey League announced today. The incident occurred at 2:09 of the first period. No penalty was assessed on the play. His fine is based on his average annual salary and is calculated under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund." Thank goodness that happened … we were thisclose to American Airlines threatening to pull their sponsorship in the name of Dave Bolland. [NHL]

• Why haven't more coaches been fired this season? A story John MacLean and Scott Gordon will read with great interest. [THN]

Carey Price's(notes) play has made Jaroslav Halak(notes) sooooooo 2010. [Basu]

• The 2014 Sochi Games will feature hockey on international-sized ice. Just an FYI for the U.S. and Canadian amateur players and the Russians that will leave the NHL for a season in order to play. [THN]

• Very interesting post on the lasting effects of brain injuries. "The hit by Zdeno Chara(notes) on Max Pacioretty(notes) is a very good example of how the attitude regarding concussions needs to be changed." [Home of Hockey]

• Gary Bettman on the Air Canada threat to pull sponsorship over the Zdeno Chara incident: "Air Canada is a great brand, as is the National Hockey League, and if they decide they need to do other things with their sponsorship dollars that's their prerogative, just like it's the prerogative of our clubs that fly on Air Canada to make other arrangements if they don't think Air Canada is giving them the appropriate level of service." Pwned!!! [CP]

• Does Air Canada's threat come down to behind-the-scenes financial decisions? [CBC Sports]

• Interesting take on Dan Bylsma's system in light of his new three-year contract with the Penguins. [The Confluence]

• How Ryan Kesler(notes) is becoming hockey's Clint Howard, only topless. [Pass It To Bulis]

• There's something rather comforting about the future of the Florida Panthers being in the hands of Andrew Greenbaum of The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. [Panthers]

• Matthew Sekeres offers this take on the Phoenix Coyotes, Winnipeg and Glendale: "Canadians have been hesitant — if not hostile — to government handouts for pro sports franchises, but they believe in funding things such as health care, education, and school-lunch programs. And yet an institution that believes in none of that, and which shares almost nothing in the way of Canadian values, is on the verge of delivering Canada its seventh NHL franchise." [Globe & Mail]

• Analyzing the Dallas Stars' inconsistency down the stretch in the Western Conference. [Defending Big D]

• Crazy note from Razor on the Stars' game against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night: "This was only the fourth game of the current NHL season in which each team scored the same number of goals and recorded identical shots on goal totals." [RWAE]

• Barstool Sports on the Pacioretty hit investigation by police: "Is it possible for a whole province to suffer brain damage from a hit on one of its players takes?" [Barstool]

Chris Pronger(notes) out, Nick Boynton(notes) in for the Philadelphia Flyers against the Toronto Maple Leafs. [NHL]

• Rudy Kelly's Nintendo-riffic take on the Los Angeles Kings top line. [Battle of Cali]

• Interesting piece by Ian Walker on Torrey Mitchell(notes) and Kurtis Foster(notes), who reconnected last year after that horrific broken leg Foster suffered due to Mitchell. Said the San Jose Sharks player: "We just have that bond that we know how hard each other worked to get back here and we're both extremely happy for each other to be back doing what we love to do. It's definitely a friendship I value." [Vancouver Sun]

• If you've got 10 minutes, this is a ton of fun. A look back through the years at the University of Minnesota Duluth, and specifically at the exploits of the fabled Maroon Loon. Where did he go?

• Other times the cops should have been called during hockey games, from mascot assaults to Kerry Fraser's non-call on Gretzky. [HOTH]

• The referees in the Chicago Blackhawks' loss to the Lightning are called out. [Between the Circles]

• We helped Daniel Snyder agitator and Washington City Paper icon Dave McKenna with a Washington Capitals story, about whether fans are growing impatient with them. [City Paper]

• Kudos to Leahy for his work to help get cancer survivor Eric Naughton into Pittsburgh Penguins fantasy camp, where he'll skate this weekend. [Penguins]

• The 52-year era of the Moose Jaw Civic Centre -- aka the Crushed Can -- will officially be over once the Moose Jaw Warriors 2010-2011 season ends. [Buzzing The Net]

• Finally, Tim Doty of WXMI takes up the chance to lace'em up for the Grand Rapids Griffins. Fun segment, and judicious use of the "Slap Shot" soundtrack:

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