Puck Headlines: Kovalchuk, Gagne aftermath; new Laraque ad

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.

• The relatives of David Puddy are also very excited after hearing the Ilya Kovalchuk(notes) news.

• Now that the news that Ilya Kovalchuk has re-signed with the New Jersey Devils has been delivered, the next thing that'll be speculated about is length and dollars of the deal. Dmitry Chesnokov is hearing "...$102m over 17 years. $10m per year for the first 8 years. $7.5 for the next 2 ... " [@dchesnokov]

• Rich Hammond reports that the Kings' final offer to Kovalchuk was 15 years, $80 million. [LA Kings Insider]

Los Angeles Kings governor Tim Leiweke speaking about losing out on Kovalchuk: "We threw everything at him we had while leaving the cap space necessary to sign our kids. He is a great player and I am disappointed he didn't come to LA. It was not for lack of effort or cash." [LA Times]

• Dirk Hoag is not a fan of these super long deals: "Quite simply, it's pathetic to see the big-market teams driving truckloads of cash through this loophole in the CBA, and both the NHL and NHLPA need to address this as part of their upcoming negotiations. For the league, it makes a joke out of the competitive balance aspect of the salary cap, and for the players at large, it's taking money out of their pockets." [On the Forecheck]

Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren on the Simon Gagne(notes) deal: "This was a move to solidify our defense. Matt Walker(notes) is a right shot defenseman that we like. He brings size, grit and toughness to our backend. Simon Gagne played 10 seasons for the Flyers and was not only a good player for us, but also handled himself in a first class manner on and off the ice." [Philly.com]

• The Gagne deal leaves more questions for the Flyers and their fans. [BroadstreetHockey]

• Following up our story from Sunday about the Chicago restaurant offering $50,000 for the authenticated Stanley Cup-winning puck scored by Patrick Kane(notes), some readers asked how one could prove that it's the real deal. The NHL told us Monday that each puck is specifically marked with the game number on them and the authentication process is done at the arena the night of the game ... pending Chris Pronger(notes) doesn't beat them to the puck first.

• In news we haven't been waiting 19 days for, the Carolina Hurricanes announced that they've signed Riley Nash(notes) to a three-year entry-level deal. [Hurricanes]

• The length of the contract is what seems to be holding up the Bobby Ryan(notes) negotiations with the Anaheim Ducks. [Ducks Blog]

• If you haven't seen the Minnesota Wild Jarod Palmer's super slick shootout move during the team's prospect scrimmage over the weekend, please do so. [Wild]

• Speculating on a Lee Stempniak(notes) reunion with the St. Louis Blues. [St. Louis Gametime]

• Talking arbitration, the Chicago Blackhawks and Antti Niemi(notes). [Hockey Independent]

• Gretz takes a look at the expensive pivot position. [Fanhouse]

• Over the weekend, 44 people were arrested for alcohol-related charges during an off-campus party in South Bend, Indiana. Eight of those arrested included incoming Notre Dame hockey freshmen. [USCHO]

• Finally, via JT Utah comes the newest Octane energy-drink commercial featuring Georges Laraque(notes). It's a minute of pure trippyness.

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