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.
• Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin(notes) showed up to the NHL's big media rights-holders get-together with this haircut. As Elliotte Friedman of CBC Sports wrote: "Holy 1989. Evgeni Malkin at NHL shoot with small racing stripes shaved in his hair. 'Just fun,' he said." Seriously hoping Kris Letang(notes) shows up at camp with his name shaved into his head.
• Peter Forsberg(notes) leaves the door open for a possible NHL comeback, although it's "pretty close" to being closed. Will the League please allow this guy to transplant his brains, eyes and hands into an indestructible android body so we can finally end this dance? [Denver Post]
• Ottawa will host the 2012 NHL All-Star Game. Odds of a Carrie Underwood national anthem: 5-1. Odds on more than one Senators making the team: 80-to-1. [Houses of the Hockey]
• Ruslan Salei(notes) of the Detroit Red Wings says the media has made a big deal out of his past with Mike Modano(notes), having broken his nose and concussing him in 1999. Despite, you know, not having spoken to Modano about it yet in 11 years. [Snapshots]
• Sheldon Souray(notes) has been told by the team not to attend Edmonton Oilers training camp, and Mudcrutch has a scathing post on the state of the franchise: "If the consensus in the NHL is that his value is below $2.25MM annually, well, god help the Oilers. My guess is that someone will snap him up at that price but this is still a pretty expensive debacle for the Oilers." [mchockey79]
• Meanwhile, Souray says he'd be an Oilers D-man again: "I wouldn't be a distraction ... I was planning on coming in, planning on being focused and ready to do whatever to be a professional ...Why would I have been a distraction? I'm a professional. No one is more anxious to get back on the ice and get myself back to the player I know I can be." [Cult of Hockey]
• Be sure to check out Mirtle's new project on the Globe & Mail: Leafs Beat
• Mike Halford sees Henrik Sedin(notes) vs. Ryan Kesler(notes) for the Vancouver Canucks captaincy stirring passions among their supporters like "Barack Obama versus Hillary Clinton." Sedin's Obama because he's stoic, or is he Hillary because he's more accomplished? And which Canuck gets to be Dennis Kucinich? [The Province]
• Cool piece from Dobber on the training camp battles for the Western Conference. Viktor Stalberg(notes), Troy Brouwer(notes) and Jack Skille(notes) battling for a top-six slot for the Chicago Blackhawks speaks volumes about their offseason, doesn't it? [THN]
• On Nick Boynton(notes) and Marian Hossa(notes): "For the team to hold the fort and repel those skeptics that don't believe a Cup repeat is in the taro cards, both players must be impactful at opposite ends of the priority list in far different fashions." [Chicago Now]
• New York Rangers GM Glen Sather on the Traverse City rookie tournament: "I've said that I wish we'd have 20 (Traverse City) guys that could come into New York and make the club because if we did, we'd have one whale of a good young hockey team. But that's not realistic." [Rangers]
• Will Chet Pickard(notes) be the backup for Pekka Rinne(notes) for the Nashville Predators? OK, we'll just skip to the end: When will Chet Pickard follow in the grand franchise tradition of the Nashville Predators and steal Rinne's job? [Tennessean]
• Shop NHL continues its legacy of terrible puns for games held overseas. [Shop NHL]
• Jonathan Cheechoo(notes) on the last few years of his NHL career: "I haven't had shoulder surgery just some problems with looseness there. I've had double hernia surgery and then with my knees I had both my MCLs done my last year in San Jose. But everybody has injuries and now it's a matter of I feel healthy now. I didn't get hurt last year at all, I didn't miss any games, so I see that as a positive step. Now, I want to get out there and play. I'm excited about the chance here.'' [Dallas Stars Blog]
• Broad Street Hockey has a hockey comic strip that looks awesome. Jealous. [BSH]
• Finally, humorous story from The Insider on Flyers fans paying off some Stanley Cup bets this summer, including:
And let me tell you about the bet between Doug Sohn, who owns the famous encased-meat emporium Hot Doug's in Chicago, and his brothers-in-law, Michael and Jamie Tyksinski, who both grew up in Doylestown. Had the Flyers won, Sohn would have had to feature a different Flyers player on his celebrity board for a week. The brothers' end of the bet: They had to shoot a video of themselves in front of the Wachovia Center (or Wells Fargo Center or whatever) wearing Hawks championship T-shirts and singing "Chelsea Dagger," the song that plays at the United Center after each Hawks goal.
And here it is: