Puck Headlines: Modano's future; Carolina gets All-Star Game?

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.

• There are those convinced that Mike Modano(notes) is at the end of the line, and those convinced that he'll return for another season with the Dallas Stars. Feels like we haven't had the fanfare this guy deserves quite yet. He may not be Sakic on the stat sheet, but a lot of hockey fans in the last two decades have that level of connection and appreciation with him. One more year! [Defending Big D and Strum Blog]

• Attention NBC: Buffalo Sabres fans continue to be some of the most dedicated, vote-with-their-wallet fans in the NHL. Their goalie's sort of famous now, too. Just a heads-up; we know they don't play in Washington, Pittsburgh, Detroit or Philadelphia, but still ... [WBEN 930]

• Gary Bettman will be in Raleigh, home of the Carolina Hurricanes, on Thursday to announce plans for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game. Dude, it would be sick if he turned face and said the game was in Hartford, ripping off his shirt to reveal the Whale. OK, if he had Colin Campbell rip off his shirt for him. [News & Observer]

• "Glendale officials say they are open to letting Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf out of his lease if he buys the Phoenix Coyotes and can't turn around its bottom line in five or six years." Well, that's five or six times the stability the team has now. [Phoenix Business Journal]

• Your No. 1 prospect for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, via NHL Central Scouting: Tyler Seguin of the Ontario Hockey League's Plymouth Whalers. Still think the Oilers take Taylor Hall first. [NHL]

• Pierre LeBrun's wacky NHL awards, including love for Ryan Kesler(notes), David Backes(notes) and the John Tortorella/Larry Brooks feud. [ESPN]

Brendan Shanahan(notes) bravely weighs in on the Sidney Crosby(notes)/Alex Ovechkin debate, claiming that Crosby could be this generation's greatest goal-scorer if he continues to play as aggressively as he has this season: "When I look at all three of them, assuming that their styles don't change, even though Ovechkin has jumped out to a huge lead, over time Sid will be the tortoise in this race versus the hare." And here we thought Pierre McGuire was the tortoise. [NHL.com]

• Tin foil hats on: Why do the Pittsburgh Penguins have an absurdly significant advantage in power plays over the Washington Capitals in their games this season? [Russian Machine]

Jamie Langenbrunner(notes) doesn't speak to the media again after last night's New Jersey Devils win at the Carolina Hurricanes Atlanta Thrashers. [Star Ledger]

• Human piece of garbage Graham James could avoid criminal background checks by legally changing his name. [CBC]

• Rudy Kelly presents the Anaheim Ducks fan guide to summer, after the Los Angeles Kings helped eliminate them last night. [Battle of California]

• And because Kings fans simply can't take have enough glee over making the cut over the Ducks this season, Life In Hockeywood is issuing LA "bandwagon" tickets to Ducks fans. [Life In Hockeywood]

Jeff Carter(notes) has been cleared to return to practice for the Philadelphia Flyers. [Flyers]

• If you haven't see it, Brian Boucher's(notes) save last night for the Flyers was pretty awesome, in a "saving their season" way. [YouTube]

• Why Duncan Keith(notes) remains the top choice for the Norris. [Daily Herald]

• Things got a little weird on NHL.com last night, thanks to a glitch. But hey, Mike Knuble(notes) was probably thrilled. [Thanks to bkaufman729 and everyone else who sent this in]

• This sucks: Dennis Seidenberg(notes), having a rather great season with the Boston Bruins after the trade deadline, is probably done for the year with a lacerated tendon. [Boston.com]

• If Zdeno Chara(notes) is forced to wear a face mask to protect his broken nose ... well, let's just hope that the WWE rents out the Elimination Chamber steel cage. [Bruins Blog]

• Jonathan Willis wonders if Darryl Sutter is safe with the Calgary Flames. [Hockey or Die]

• Eric Duhatschek believes the Flames should only trade Jarome Iginla(notes) if it means landing Tyler Seguin or Taylor Hall. [Globe & Mail]

• Bobby Orr's rookie season jersey could fetch $100,000. Colton Orr's?(notes) Slightly less. [CP]

• Broad Street Hockey with a merciless mocking of the Washington Capitals' "Greatest Games" DVD set. [BSH]

• This Rivals story about the high-school game finished 20 years later is worth your time. [Rivals]

Ottawa Senators playoff tickets are available. In the sense that Sens fans haven't sold out their home games yet. [Ottawa Citizen]

• Not getting the play you'd expect it to: Filip Kuba(notes) will be out for a while for the Senators, because of an injury he sustained in the Winter Olympics. [Sun Media]

• Finally, we present this Zenon Konopka(notes) fight from the Tampa Bay Lightning's game against the Carolina Hurricanes. Not because the tilt with Jay Harrison(notes) was anything stellar, but to acknowledge that the Bolts brawler leads the NHL with 32 fighting majors, which Hockey Fights reports is more than any player since Peter Worrell(notes) had 33 in 2001-02. Thank you for putting the foil on, sir.

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