Preds waive Gill, make way for Jones; Rookies on glass; Schneider on Luongo (Puck Headlines)

Harrison Mooney

Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

• Downtown Chicago the night the Blackhawks won the Cup, in another great photo by Jeff Lewis. [Chicago Photo Shop]

• The Nashville Predators waived defenceman Hal Gill, who became expendable after the club drafted Seth Jones. The Predators expect Jones to be on the team next year. [Tenneseean]

• Meanwhile, Joe Sakic just wants Nathan MacKinnon to have fun. Like Cyndi Lauper. [National Post]

• Cory Schneider on where Roberto Luongo's head might be: “You have to keep in mind how he felt about this, where he’s at and whether he’s comfortable assuming the role that he’s had,” Schneider said. “That’s something you have to ask him.” [The Province]

• This could be it for the Phoenix Coyotes. I think this whole thing ends with an eleventh hour, Canuck-style twist where, at the last minute, the city of Glendale moves instead. [Ottawa Sun]

• Speaking of goaltenders, Paul Holmgren would still like one, and this is how bad it's getting: Ray Emery would apparently rather re-sign to be the backup in Chicago than dive headlong into that hornet's nest. [Philly]

• Super cool interactive infographic: The best and worst hockey teams ever. [Visualizing]

• Today's must read is this sordid tale. An excerpt: "When 19 current and former National Hockey League players, all of them clients of a money manager named Phil Kenner, brought a fraud suit in June 2009, the newspapers pounced. The suit claimed they had sunk $25 million into two developments in Mexico -- golf courses, condos and hotels -- being put together by a real estate investor named Ken Jowdy. Instead of building, the suit charged, Jowdy had blown the money on 'porn stars, escorts, strippers, party girls' to entertain a retired baseball star. The plaintiffs included hockey players such as Sergei Gonchar, Bryan Berard, and Michael Peca." [Fortune]

• Patrice Bergeron: I regret nothing. [NESN]

• "Hockey player names are the best, full stop. This year included the envy of the Kardashians, all selected in the third round: Keegan Kanzig, Kurtis Gabriel, Keaton Thompson. There were Connor Crisp, Connor Clifton, and Christopher Clapperton; Connor Hurley lacked only the symmetric monogram." [Grantland]

• Which teams went the furthest off the board at the draft? [Backhand Shelf]

• The New York Rangers did not extend a qualifying offer to Michael Sauer, who is still suffering the lingering effects of being crushed by Dion Phaneuf in late 2011. [ESPN]

• An inside look at goaltending development in Sweden. [InGoal]

• Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts is excellent and informative, as always. [CBC]

• Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek are two of many NHLers with no idea what will become of them in the next year. [Buffalo News]

• Chuck Fletcher, like Big Bear, is doin thangs. [Star Tribune]

• July 13th is Jody Shelley Day in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The Philadelphia Flyer will be getting a street named after him. [Chronicle Herald]

• Ruslan Fedotenko is off to the KHL. [PHT]

• Neatness: This set of hockey cards in which players like Nail Yakupov and Alex Galchenyuk were photographed from below, standing on a piece of plexiglass. [Panini America]

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