Coyotes ‘not very good’; Brandon Sutter’s junk; Gretzky returns (Puck Headlines)

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• 12-year-old Jason Demers meets Joe Thornton. [@brodiebrazilCSN]

• Shane Doan on the Phoenix Coyotes: “We’re not very good. We haven’t been very good for a while. We’ve been fooling ourselves with finding ways to come back and get points — tie games and get to overtime — probably the last month-and-a-half. We haven’t been good enough, and we gotta be better as a group.” [AZ Central]

• Brandon Sutter's naked video bomb gets the "I'm Too Sexy" treatment. [Benstonium]

• Sutter on dong-gate: ""We knew there were cameras out there. I think we were standing there watching [goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury] do the “Hockey Night in Canada” interview and we were just sitting there watching TV. I’m pretty sure I was standing right in front of the shower. I’m not sure how it got in there. Like I said, it’s one of those freak accidents. I think in time, it will just kind of cool off a bit. At first, I didn’t know what to think but I think down the road, I’ll probably find it kind of funny." [Post-Gazette]

• Dustin Brown's not having a very good season. He'd like to be more than a role player. [Frozen Royalty]

• Wayne Gretzky will end his four-year exile from hockey with an appearance at the outdoor game at Dodger stadium today. [LA Times]

• Loui Eriksson is finding a home on the Bruins' third line alongside Ryan Spooner and Carl Soderberg. [Bruins Daily]

• Mike Cammalleri is out with a concussion. [Flames]

• Dave Nonis and Randy Carlyle in five words. [Leafs Nation]

• Read this old interview with Stephen Warshaw, who was sent by former Pittsburgh Penguins' owner Howard Baldwin to Moscow to oversee the Red Army team after they'd been bought and rechristened the "Russian Penguins". Seriously, read it. [Third String Goalie]

• Who is creating most of the Carolina Hurricane's offensive chances? Hint: it's Jeff Skinner. [Shutdown Line]

• What's the be-all and end-all hockey stat? Yeah, there isn't one. [SB Nation]

• Craig MacTavish suggests the Oilers were once hiding Taylor Hall with their match-ups, and now they're letting him go head-to-head with the game's best. Is this true, and is it helping them at all? [mc79hockey]

• On Claude Noel's last post game press conference. [Jets Nation]

• After initially refusing the assignment, Mikhail Grigorenko has decided to accept his assignment to the Quebec Rampart of the QMJHL. [Buffalo Hockey Beat]

• The New York Islanders are having a rebirth. What's changed? [Eye on Isles]

• Prominent black civil rights attorney John C. Brittain, was the captain of his high school hockey team in Norwalk, Connecticut in 1962, which is pretty cool. "It doesn’t take a historian or detective to deduce that very few black people played organized hockey in Connecticut – or anywhere else in the United States – in the early 1960s, let alone be designated as the undisputed leader of a team." [Color of Hockey]

• Looking at the impact Dan Carcillo had for the Rangers versus the Philadelphia Flyers. [NY Rangers Blog]

• Taking a tour of the Western Conference to see which fantasy players are breaking their slumps. [Dobber Hockey]

• Tomas Kopecky may only have 9 points on the season, but he's contributing in other ways for the Panthers. [Panther Parkway]

• Groin injuries are in. [Undisclosed Injury]

• Connor McDavid begins and ends this gorgeous goal with just one hand on his stick. [Buzzing the Net]

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