Phoenix Coyotes ownership fallout; Boychuk to Penguins; Owen Nolan’s reality TV (Puck Headlines)

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• Adam Henrique is back for the New Jersey Devils, but in a limited role. Said Pete DeBoer: “I’ve got a number in my head, but it’s not something that’s concrete.” [Fire & Ice]

• The Philadelphia Flyers new top line: Danny Briere, Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds. [Frequent Flyers]

• Vancouver’s not the only joint with some goalie drama: Michal Neuvirth is getting a fifth straight start for the Washington Capitals for the sake of “stability.” [Caps Insider]

• When will the Calgary Flames just give in and rebuild? “Look at the standings. The Flames are at the bottom of them not because of some cosmic injustice or cruel spate of injuries. They’re there because that was going to be their destiny the moment management decided to sprawl out and take comfort in the shade of a Calgary icon and not face the heat over the short term for the betterment of the franchise by moving that icon.” [THN]

• Interesting move for the Pittsburgh Penguins, snagging Zach Boychuk off waivers from the Carolina Hurricanes. [Pensburgh]

• Wait, so the Boston Bruins vs. Buffalo Sabres game isn’t going to be all punches and pain and stuff? Boooooo …. [Bruins Blog]

• Oh, there will be blood if Greg Jamison’s bid for the Phoenix Coyotes goes up in smoke: “Coyotes officials are not commenting on the situation. But privately, officials with or close to the team and city are in the dark regarding the Jamison bid. This comes after voicing some optimism earlier this week he would beat the Jan. 31 deadline. 'Many have been 100 percent duped,' said one local executive who has been close to Coyotes deal.” [Phoenix Business Journal]

• Bruce Dowbiggin: “When, not if, Jamison's house of cards collapses, look for Calgary oil $$ to try to ride to Bettman's rescue in Phoenix.” [@Dowbboy]

• BD Gallof on the New York Islanders signing Brian Strait to a 3-year deal: “Strait is now a low-cost older asset that can be moved easily when/if kids unseat player via system down line.” [@BDGallof]

• Ryan Callahan on his “freak” injury: “I got caught in exactly the right spot to have this happen, and fighting, or whatever it may be, is part of the game and if it presents itself again, you have to do it." [ESPN NY]

• Good piece on the New Jersey Devils’ power forward David Clarkson. [Sporting News]

• What should the Minnesota Wild do with their goaltending? “Let Backstrom walk after this season (and hopefully a deep run into the Stanley Cup Playoffs) and install Harding as your Number 1 next season. Bring Hackett up to back up Harding in 2013-14, with the intent of making him your full-time number one down the road. Letting Backstrom go will not be easy; he's been the franchises best goaltender and it is not close, but given his age and expected salary, it is time to pass the torch.” [Wild Puck Banter]

• Bourne ranks the 10 most fear-inducing power plays in the NHL. Somehow Edmonton is eighth. His thesis is solid: The more stars you have on your power play, the more fear you shall induce. [Backhand Shelf]

• Calgary Flames announced Sven Baertschi (hip flexor) is week-to-week after falling in practice on Tuesday. [Flames]

• The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Thursday that the hockey club has claimed forward Frazer McLaren off waivers from the San Jose Sharks. [Leafs]

• The Royal Half preview for the Kings vs. the Predators. [Kings]

• FOX Sports hockey writer Jon Rosen is the new Rich Hammond. [Kings]

• Finally: Join host Owen Nolan as he pursues his passion for the outdoors in Sportsman 360 TV, a ground breaking, visually inspiring new TV series coming this Summer to North America.

Sportsman 360 TV Official Trailer from Vantage Point Media House on Vimeo.

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