Henrik Lundqvist meets the Swedish Chef; the Scott Gomez derby is a thing that is real (Puck Headlines)

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• The legend of Roberto Luongo’s Twitter feed grows. [Twitter]

• Hockey Night in Canada Coach’s Corner, presented by … Budweiser? [CP]

• The field for Scott Gomez includes New Jersey, Carolina, the Islanders and the Sharks. [Kypreos, Garrioch]

• Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis on what he wants out of a Roberto Luongo trade: “The notion that we were asking for too much was floated in the Toronto media by a team that was extremely interested in acquiring Roberto and were using every means possible to try and force us to do something that we didn't think was right. That's nothing new in this business and it's not the type of pressure that I'm going to succumb too." [TSN]

• Good piece by Burnside on Sidney Crosby: “Part of it is the natural passage of time. But the evolution of Sidney Crosby, the player and the person, has also been shaped by his time away from the game, especially during his time away due to injury. For a long time, Crosby would naturally avoid putting himself in the public eye. He often ate in his room on the road because he feared being a distraction to his teammates if he was out with them. In some cities he entered and exited hotels through back doors and loading docks. Now, though, you are far more likely to bump into Crosby in a local grocery store or taking in a movie with his pals than ever before.” [ESPN]

• The Los Angeles Kings are guest-tweeting on the IFC Portlandia Twitter feed. Put a bird on it! [IFC]

• Congrats to Alex Kovalev for earning a spot with the Florida Panthers. [NBC6]

• Hockey can survive lockouts. BUT CAN IT SURVIVE GLOBAL WARMING?! [NBC New York]

• Good stuff from Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland on life without Lidstrom, in a 48-game season: “After 48 games last year, we were first in the West,” said Holland. “After 60 games, we were first overall. We’ve obviously lost two important pieces, but we have a lot of other players that we think are really good. Obviously, the question about the Detroit Red Wings, in a year where you lose two guys in the top four and a year after you lose Brian Rafalski is gonna be, ‘how is the defence going to hold up?’ There’s no doubt we’ll have a different look. We believe we have good goaltending. We believe we have good forwards. We believe the defence can play steady and solid, so … let’s play some games and see.” [G&M, Malik]

• Lubomir Visnovsky is formally suspended by the New York Islanders. [Y!]

• Interesting Mike Danton interview. [Over The Pond]

• Mark Recchi on his new gig with the Dallas Stars: “Joe and I have known each other for a long time. We’ve been building a relationship for eight months or so. He knows that I want him and Tom to win, and that’s the bottom line. I’m not in it for any other reason. I just want to be a part of a winning team.” [Dallas Stars Blog]

• Shane Doan seems like a pretty decent dude. [KTAR]

• The Atlantic explains why it’s never really “your” NHL team. [The Atlantic]

• “Alabama-Huntsville’s independent Division I men’s hockey team will have a home for 2013-14 after being accepted into the Western Collegiate Hockey Association on Thursday in meetings held in conjunction with the NCAA Convention in Grapevine, Texas.” [Duluth News Tribune]

• Here’s a nice bit on the pond hockey championships. [WSJ]

• Finally … Henrik Lundqvist … the Swedish chef … This Is SportsCenter. (Via Tom Urtz Jr.)

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