Marc Staal endorses visors; Kovalchuk nears return; Bryzgalov on beaches (Puck Headlines)

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• Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) poses for a photo after being presented with a hockey stick and uniform of an Industrial Men's Hockey League of Portland, Maine, team, that's in Japan for fund-raising games to provide help to earthquake and tsunami victims.

• New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal is now in favor of grandfathering in visors. “It was the first thing that went through my mind when I hit the ice,” Staal said Tuesday in his first public statements since the injury. “I should have been wearing a visor. But hindsight is 20/20.” Which, incidentally, is better than his current vision. [Globe & Mail]

• Ilya Kovalchuk returned to the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday after being out with a shoulder injury, but there’s no timetable for him being back on the ice. Said Coach Pete DeBoer: “We’re not going to put his safety in jeopardy, but we’re not going to wait until he’s 100 percent to get him back in,” DeBoer said. “That’s not realistic.” [Fire & Ice]

• Dustin Penner on men’s field hockey being an Olympic sport: “It’s for girls.” [LA Kings Insider]

• Ilya Bryzgalov on Jones Beach: “You can call it whatever you want, but it’s not a beach,” Bryzgalov said. “A beach is somewhere in the Caribbean, somewhere in Florida where it’s warm and you can swim. Here is dark water.” [Courier Post]

• Are people underestimating the Vancouver Canucks. Said Henrik Sedin: "In this city are we ever going to be underdogs? I don’t think so.” []

• Uh-oh: Chris Higgins “hopefully” back for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, say the Canucks. [@Hosea24hours]

• Lane MacDermid, acquired by the Dallas Stars in the Jaromir Jagr trade, is coughing up blood. Good times. [Dallas Stars Blog]

• Jussi Jokinen on his return to Raleigh as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins: “The first couple shifts will be weird, but after those shifts, I will be able to settle in. Hopefully it's just another hockey game." []

• Interesting piece on the Jason Pominville trade with the Minnesota Wild, and GM Chuck Fletcher’s process: “Whatever the proper description, [owner Craig] Leipold’s insatiable thirst for winning has compelled the Wild owner to execute some bold transactions, regardless of cost. His latest shrewd move happened last week when the Wild agreed to give up two prospects, a first-round draft pick and a second-round pick to acquire Buffalo captain Jason Pominville at the trade deadline.” [Star Tribune]

• Blow for the Detroit Red Wings: Darren Helm is expected to miss the rest of the season. [Malik]

• Should Washington Capitals fans care is the Southeast Division sucks? [Japers]

• Tim Whitehead is no longer Maine’s head coach. [CHN]

• Ryan Malone is back for the Tampa Bay Lightning. [Lightning Strikes]

• Bourne on the “creation of luck” and the PDO stat. [Backhand Shelf]

• Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have assigned defenseman David Rundblad to the Portland Pirates, the Coyotes American Hockey League affiliate (AHL). [Yotes]

• St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced Tuesday the club has recalled forward Dmitrij Jaskin (dih-MEE-tree YEAH-skihn) from the Blues’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen. [Blues]

• Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has recalled forward Daniel Bang (DAN-yehl BAWNG) from Milwaukee (AHL) under emergency conditions. The Kista, Sweden native is expected to make his NHL debut tonight against St. Louis, and wear No. 50. [Preds]

• Finally, someone found a way to make Tie Domi even creepier, which is no small feat (with Gary Roberts head).

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