Laperriere clarifies comments; Nylander skates alongside son; Crawford concussed? (Puck Headlines)

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• Via reader Jeremy Wright, the Idaho Steelheads have rolled out a customized, life-sized Operation board to be played by fans at their games. Frankly, this guy still doesn't have as many injuries as most hockey players.

• Ian Laperriere clarifies his comments regarding the allegations of sexual assault against Flyers' prospect Nick Cousins: "That is absolutely not what I meant to say. I would never, ever say rape is OK. I struggle sometimes with English, and I was trying to say that these situations have happened before, and hopefully all the players will learn from this, to not put themselves in bad situations.” [Backhand Shelf]

• 40-year-old Michael Nylander is closing out his career in Sweden, playing for Sodertalje SK of the HockeyAllsvenskan. On Tuesday, he played on the same line as his 16-year-old son, William. [RMNB]

• Does Corey Crawford have a concussion? The Blackhawks' goaltender is day-to-day after being run over by Bobby Ryan on Tuesday. [Chicago Sun Times]

• Eric Staal on Alexander Semin, enigmatic room ruiner: ""He has been nothing but great. He's been a great teammate for everyone in this room and the type of guy who competes in practice and in games and that's all you can ask for." Oh. [TSN]

• If the Carolina Hurricanes make the playoffs, their recent 4-1-1 road trip will be considered a big reason why. [The Hockey Writers]

• The hockey dad that acted like a complete asshat at a Winnipeg minor-league hockey game has been banned from his son's games for the remainder of the season. [CBC]

• Child molester Graham James has seen his sentence extended from 2 years to 5, which still isn't long enough, but at least it's longer. [Global Toronto]

• Pierre Lebrun endorses five men he believes are ready to become NHL GMs. [ESPN]

• The Oilers have four games at home before a five-game road trip. They need to rack up the wins before they go. [Edmonton Journal]

• Traded from the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Winnipeg Jets, Eric Tangradi makes his debut for the Jets against the Penguins. Irony! [Winnipeg Sun]

• 12 members of the ECHL's Trenton Titans are being evicted from their apartment for not paying their rent. [Crossing Broad]

• Cam Cole thinks hockey skates are too sharp. [Vancouver Sun]

• Senators fans are looking for someone to blame for Erik Karlsson's injury. Jared Crozier thinks he did it. [Senshot]

• Localizing world news is one of my favourite things about journalism. Enjoy "Russian meteor knocks Canadian hockey player out of bed". [Toronto Star]

• Katie Baker fun fact. "Via noted Ryanologist Tyler Dellow, 7.3 percent of players named Ryan in the NHL's entire history are currently on the Edmonton Oilers roster — meaning that 3.6 percent of players named Ryan in the NHL's entire history were healthy scratches on Tuesday night. These are the kinds of advanced statistics that really matter." [Grantland]

• Nice little piece here on hockey and fighting. [The Statesman]

• Manny Malhotra's five most memorable moments as a Canuck. [Pass it to Bulis]

• Finally, Gary Bettman and Rene Fasel discuss Olympic talks. Things appear to be progressing amicably, although the empty language is giving me lockout flashbacks. "I think it's far to say that if this can be worked out to everybody's satisfaction, we'd all like to have NHL players at the Olympics," says Bettman.

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