Puck Headlines: Kovalev unhappy with role; Kings mullets for sale

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.

• Via NBC Sports' Twitter page comes the Winter Classic display window at the NBC Experience Store in New York City. Were you expecting Eric Fehr(notes) and Chris Kunitz(notes)?

• On the topic of the Winter Classic, it was announced this morning that on Dec. 31st at Heinz Field, Penguins and Capitals alumni will play in a Legends Game. Mario Lemieux, Paul Coffey, Ron Francise, Bryan Trottier, and Bill Guerin(notes) have been confirmed for the Pens, while only Peter Bondra is scheduled at the moment for the Capitals. Fingers crossed for Al Iafrate and his skullet. [Penguins]

• Cam Cole with a great read on what will come of P.K. Subban's(notes) banishment to the Montreal Canadiens press box. [Vancouver Sun]

• After spending time on the fourth line, Alex Kovalev(notes) is unhappy with his role on the Ottawa Senators and met with GM Bryan Murray yesterday, but did not request a trade. [Ottawa Sun]

• Should the Senators shake things up or blow it up completely? [Silver Seven Sens]

• Tim Wharnsby with a great story on how Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay has dealt with stomach issues his entire life that almost claimed his life in 1993. [CBC]

• New form of protest in Toronto? Throwing waffles onto the ice at Air Canada Centre, which inspired this fantastic Internet .gif. [SB Nation]

• Steve Politi says that Ilya Kovalchuk(notes) has performed "like Albert Haynesworth on skates". Sounds like something Charles Wang would envision, only if he could play goal. [Star-Ledger]

• Our buddy Joe Pelletier finds a fantastic photo on eBay featuring the meeting between the great Bob Probert and the great Hillbilly Jim of WWF fame. [Greatest Hockey Legends]

• Last night's Kings game in pictures featuring the awful Smyth family Christmas sweaters. [The Royal Half]

• Hockey cats. Really. Just go there. [Houses of the Hockey]

• Signs your players have quit on you: "In addition to "Jim from High River" and "Bill from Strathmore", the post-game radio show has started getting calls demanding your firing from 'Jarome from the first line'" [Down Goes Brown]

• Still have Christmas shopping to do? Then head to the NHL Auctions site where you can purchase one of the mullets worn by the Los Angeles Kings during warm-ups when they honored Ryan Smyth(notes) for his 1,000th NHL game. The mullets are $50, only 11 remain and they come in short, medium or long sizes. Really.

• The Tampa Bay Lightning have gone through 14 goaltenders since Nikolai Khabibulin(notes) led them to a Stanley Cup in 2004. We miss Daren Puppa. [Kukla's Korner]

• An anonymous quote from the New York Islanders locker room said, "It's like a country club in here". Chris Botta on why that could backfire on the player. [Fanhouse]

John Grahame's(notes) new goalie mask features both of his grandmothers depicted as pin-up girls. Oooookay... [In Goal Mag]

• Why Thrashers fans should come out and watch the team play. [Thrashable]

• Debating whether or not the Chicago Blackhawks should keep Jeremy Morin(notes) past the nine-game mark. [Blackhawks DL]

• Finally, Jon DiSalvatore(notes) of the Houston Aeroes makes the mistake of bumping Oklahoma City Baron's goaltender Jeff Deslauriers(notes) and feels the goaltenders' wrath:

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