Barry Trotz says goodbye; Senators falling apart; MacKinnon in arcade mode (Puck Headlines)

Harrison Mooney

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 Trotz said goodbye to the people of Nashville with a full-page ad in the Tenneseean over the weekend. Classy gesture from a classy guy.

• Meanwhile, the search for his replacement enters week 2. Maybe Trotz's full-pager should have included some details about what the team was looking for, tried to rustle up some suitors? Must coach stifling defense. [Tenneseean]

• Travis Yost doesn't have much faith in the Ottawa Senators. "The organization is coming apart at the seams. Ownership's hellbent on being somewhere between $12MM and $15MM below the cap ceiling, and trying to sell snake oil to the fans in the hidden expense department. Even with a very respectable crop of talent on the roster, there's no reason to believe this club can compete in good faith -- not with the handcuffs ownership has applied to management, and the trickle-down effect that's having on the coaches and the players." [HockeyBuzz]

Nathan MacKinnon ruins the Game 3 lead-in: "Tonight’s lead-in was going to gush over how Nathan MacKinnon is going to become a generational, gamebreaking talent in this league, but I quickly backspaced because – surprise, surprise – it’s already happened." [Delicious Icing]

• MacKinnon really is in arcade mode right now. [Washington Post]

• Duncan Keith on Wakey-Wakey-Gate: "I mean, there's lot of things that get said out on the ice in the course of a hockey game, especially in the playoffs. I'm an emotional guy. It's an emotional game and I don't remember everything that got said out there." So basically, yes, I said that. [STL Today]

• Reviewing the David Backes concussion. [Undisclosed Injury]

• Larry Brooks want to punish bad teams for their badness. "It’s time to revamp the Entry Draft. Time to end the league-sponsored charity that rewards perennial failures. Two or three straight years in the top seven should be enough to lay the groundwork for making the playoffs. Four or five straight years out of the playoffs should be enough to incur a penalty." Methinks Larry Brooks is also the reason you pay a fee when you have insufficient funds in your bank account. [NY Post]

• The Kings are planning to move their top prospects to Southern California, as part of a bid to give the AHL a proper western division. [Mayors Manor

• On Todd McLellan's come-to-Jesus moment, appropriately on Easter Sunday. [Fear the Fin]

• On first round busts who become incredible bottom-sixers. [Leafs Nation]

• Former Bruin Andrew Ference is back in Boston, volunteering at the Marathon's finish line this year. [Boston Globe]

• The NHL awards are returning to Las Vegas, hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos. [NHL]

• Will the Penguins' excellent powerplay be their demise? [The Hockey Writers]

• A night in the Shark Tank, one of the best buildings in hockey. [Grantland]

• Steven Stamkos returned to Sunday night's game after a scary headshot. Heroic, or kinda dumb? [National Post]

• Jonathan Willis on Anton Belov's remarks about leaving the Oilers because of Dallas Eakins: "Belov’s not a franchise cornerstone, but he’s a player useful enough for the Oilers to seemingly want to bring back, and according to Belov his distaste for the coach was a primary reason the team won’t get that opportunity. Eakins had a line early on in his coaching tenure about the importance of coaching players on an individual level; by that metric this can only be regarded as one failure." [Oilers Nation]

• Philadelphia and New York may be at odds right now, but parties from both sides are putting aside their differences to transform the Kingsbridge Armory into a new ice sport palace. [Color of Hockey]

• The Montreal Canadiens' pregame intro for Game 3 was pretty incredible.