Nathan Horton makes debut; Panthers turnaround; hey, remember the Winter Classic? (Puck Headlines)

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• A Winter Classic message from your ol' bud, Gary Bruce Bettman.

• Nathan Horton finally debuts for the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight. [Blue Jackets]

• Daniel Alfredsson marvels at the Winter Classic experience: "After a while you don't think about it as much. Of course, you look up and dream away a little bit but it was fun. You know, when you've been out there (playing outdoors) before it's been on a pond or something like that with zero people in the crowd. Now it's over 100,000 so it's new for everybody. During timeouts, when they're shoveling the snow, you just try to take it all in." [MLive]

• Bruce Arthur on the Winter Classic. [National Post]

• Katie Baker on the Winter Classic. [Grantland]

• Dave Lozo on the Winter Classic. [Bleacher Report]

• Brian Burke questioned Bobby Ryan's intensity, saying he probably couldn't even spell intense. (Which is silly, since, in my experience, the most intense guys are the worst spellers). But how does Ryan actually stack up against his Sochi-bound peers? [Hockey Buzz]

• How bad are the Florida Panthers' attendance issues? "The Panthers have reduced official capacity by putting up tarps in the upper deck for select games." [Miami Herald]

• Meanwhile, the team is starting to turn it around. "Guys are starting to believe in each other, believe in the system and starting to trust each other. It takes time, a new coach, new system. If we could get healthy, get guys back … It's going to take an army, but we're not out of it.'' [Sun-Sentinel]

• How do analytics-based personnel assessments stack up against an NHL franchise's managerial expertise and scouting staff? [SB Nation]

• The Tyler Seguin trade has worked out for both sides. [Bruins Daily]

• The best case scenario for Tomas Hertl's injury recovery was 12 weeks. But it sounds like he could actually miss anywhere from 6-9 months [CSN Bay Area]

• The Team USA all-snubbed team is pretty formidable. [SI Home Ice]

• The Pittsburgh Penguins claim Taylor Pyatt off waivers. You know what that means: Pyatt for Sochi. [NHL]

• Joffrey Lupul's suspension video is going to have some incredible ambience. [NHL]

• Good news, everyone: momentum doesn't exist in hockey, or any other sport, really. It's pretty much just random events all the time. In other news, nothing matters ever. [Slate]

• Should Canada hire a full-time World Junior coach? [Edmonton Journal]

• Team USA was bounced by the Russians at the World Juniors. Then everything got childish. [Buzzing the Net]

• Nail Yakupov has been fetched from the doghouse, and will skate on the second line Thursday night with Sam Gagner and Jordan Eberle. [Edmonton Sun]

• Did you know there was a second game yesterday? Yeah. Nobody did. Anyway, the Lightning scored twice in 20 seconds in that game. Here's that:

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