Draft day eve; Fixing Crosby; Alex Ovechkin, beauty pageant judge (Puck Headlines)

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Brian Burke in his player days (via Reddit Hockey).
Brian Burke in his player days (via Reddit Hockey).

• Young Brian Burke was terrifying. Mind you, old Brian Burke is also terrifying. In conclusion: Brian Burke. Terrifying.

• NHL teams have only four more days to buy out of their worst contracts. Who might find himself a free agent next week? [Sportsnet]

• Your head judge of Miss Moscow 2014: Alex Ovechkin, lady-appreciator. [RMNB]

• Hockey will be represented in ESPN's latest body issue by Hilary Knight of the U.S. Women's National Team. [Sporting News]

•  Ranking the last 20 no. 1 picks. Spoiler: Patrik Stefan has not aged well. [The Score]

• The Philadelphia Flyers are trying to trade Vincent LeCavalier. Considering Flyers fans are still getting over Scott Hartnell being dealt the week of the draft because Ron Hextall is a mean, mean man, they probably don't care much about this. [CSN Philly]

Jarome Iginla doesn't want to leave Boston, but with their cap crunch, he may have no choice. [Sportsnet]

• Jim Benning isn't worried that holding on to Ryan Kesler through this weekend will turn into Roberto Luongo, 2.0. Can't say I disagree. Kesler's not a goalie, so it's not like he'll be spending entire games sulking on the bench. Well, he still might. But he'll get shifts. [PHT]

• The Minnesota Wild look like they might be busy in the next few days. [Star Tribune]

• After perusing this list of the NHL's best free agent defencemen, one thing is clear: Matt Niskanen is gonna get so paid. [The Globe & Mail]

• Mike Johnston's main job in Pittsburgh: fix Sidney Crosby, who is apparently broken. [Post-Gazette]

• Unsurprisingly, the St. Louis Blues would like to add more offence. [BND]

• The Tampa Bay Lightning re-sign prospect JT Brown. [NHL]

• Prospect Leon Draisaitl wants to be more than an NHLer: he's got his eyes set on being Germany's hockey ambassador. [The Guardian]

• The University of Ottawa Gee-Gees, whose coach failed to report a sexual assault complaint, have been suspended for the entirety of 2014-15. [Eh Game]

• On the eve of the NHL draft, enjoy a snippet of this fun little feature from TSN on Pittsburgh's decision to tank for Mario Lemieux.

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