Dread Pirate Steve Ott; new Leafs assistants; CHL players' summer jobs (Puck Headlines)

Jen Neale
Puck Daddy

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.

• Dread Pirate Steve [Ott]: "Yarr...Peter..." [St. Louis Blues]

• I get the feeling some Blues fans might prefer the actual Dread Pirate Steve on their team over Steve Ott, especially after Vladimir Sobotka booked it to the KHL. [St. Louis Game Time]

• Randy Carlyle has some new friends behind the bench. The Maple Leafs announced former-Panthers coach Peter Horachek and former-Marlies coach Steve Spott are the two new assistant coaches in Toronto. [Toronto Maple Leafs]

• CHL players haven't yet hit the big time where they make enough money to NOT work during the off-season. Here's the first installment of a summer series looking at what those CHL'ers do to make ends meet when they're not on the ice. [Buzzing the Net]

• Nobody wants to work on Fridays, so we've given you something to pass the time. Can you find things hiding in your favorite hockey logos? [Icethetics]

• “When I went to the University of North Dakota, and I sat in the crowd, I felt so proud that Rocco Grimaldi was a Panther because people are talking about him. They’re all talking to him getting ready for warm-ups saying ‘Hey, watch this little guy! He’s going to light it up’. He never disappoints," said Brian Skrudland, the Panthers director of player development. [Panther Parkway]

• Interesting analysis of center Mikko Koivu, and his role for the upcoming season with youthful Wild [Hockey Wilderness]

• Some unhappy citizens of Red Wings country? George Malik writes an open letter to Red Wings GM Ken Holland regarding the Kyle Quincey and Dan Cleary signings. (BONUS: Perfect Strangers reference for those of us who grew up watching TGIF.) [Kukla's Korner/Malik Report]

• Mike Babcock is on the verge of looking for a new assistant coach to join him on the bench. Ken Holland confirmed current Detroit assistant Tom Renney is close to signing a deal to join Hockey Canada. [Red Wings Front]

• The 2018 Olympic games are in PyeongChang, South Korea. Don't worry, this isn't a debate on whether NHL-ers should go or not. 28 players from Seoul’s Yonsei University are in Vancouver to hone their skills in hope of making their nation's team in a few year. [The Province]

• Drama and the Vancouver Canucks go together like peas and carrots. 'Nucks goalie Jacob Markstrom reportedly requested a trade following the Ryan Miller signing. Guess what?! Markstrom is now denying that report. Shock me, shock me. [ProHockey Talk]

• "The Canucks are prepared to simply remodel their team a bit and then go into the season hoping for the best ... I believe that the time for a rebuild is now, while their best players are still in their prime and can get the best return via trade ... there’s no point in delaying the inevitable in Vancouver, and the time for change is now." [Too Many Men On The Site]

• A look back at a dark day in Pittsburgh Penguins history. This day, 13 years ago, Pens GM Craig Patrick traded Jaromir Jagr and Frantisek Kucera to the Washington Capitals for Kris Beech, Michal Sivek, and Ross Lupaschuk. [The Pensblog]

• 1922-1923 Montreal Canadiens 'shock the world twice' on this day in hockey history [Greatest Hockey Legends]

• Eliot Antonietti, the 6'6" Swiss defenseman at Capitals prospect camp, has taken hold of his new-found fame and has deemed himself 'The Beard'. Not sure if that will improve his chances of signing with the team, but hey, any marketing is good marketing. [RMNB]

• Hockey talent from Southern California continues to invade development camps across the NHL; however unbeknownst to many, Miles Koules brings a Hollywood heavyweight family background with him to Caps camp. [Washington Post]

• The Lighting have re-signed Brett Connolly as they continue to add to their depth at forward. [Tampa Bay Lightning]

• Wonder how this will work out: "It appears that the Carolina Hurricanes are planning on relying less on talent and more on hard work and strategy for the next hockey season. Do not get me wrong, the Canes do have talent, but as we have learned in the past few seasons that it is not enough. As Bill Peters mentioned in his first interview with the Hurricanes, ice time will be given to the players who work hard and are the right ones for the job." [Cardiac Cane]

• An academic analysis (with equations!) at changing the NHL point system by someone that didn't have to take macroeconomics four times while getting her B.A. (i.e. me) [Jewels from the Crown]

• A look back at the very busy past few weeks for the Nashville Predators [View from 111]

• Should the Oilers kick the tires on 32-year-old, free-agent winger David Moss? [Oilers Nation]

• Getting you ready for your future fantasy drafts: the guys at Dobber look at the implications of Sobotka's departure and Ott's re-signing with the Blues. [Dobber Hockey]

• To close Puck Headlines the way we started, we head Winnipeg where the Jets prospects are living the immortal words of Dodgeball's Patches O'Houlihan: "If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball..." [Winnipeg Jets]

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