Puck Headlines: NHL releases TV schedule; no Doughty deal yet

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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.

• Brendan Salakoh created this old school Winnipeg Jets logo out of 415 Rubik's cubes. Call us when he makes a Carolina Hurricanes logo from Connect Four discs and we'll be impressed. [Winnipeg Sun]

• The NHL released its 2011-12 national television schedules this afternoon. A nice wrinkle this year for U.S. fans is that whatever game isn't flexed into the Sunday afternoon NBC slot will be broadcast on VERSUS, or what then will be known as NBC Sports Network. Also, NHL Network U.S. will still broadcast Hockey Tonight, Hot Stove and Coach's Corner on Saturday nights when they aren't carrying a CBC broadcast. [NHL]

• Evander Kane will wear No. 9 for the Winnipeg Jets this season after the team consulted with Bobby Hull. [Winnipeg Free Press]

• Despite reports yesterday saying there was a deal, Drew Doughty's agent, Don Meehan, denied any such agreement was in place with the Los Angeles Kings. [LA Times]

• Former Washington Capitals beat writer Tarik el-Bashir says Matt Bradley was right in his criticisms of the team and Alex Semin in a radio interview on Wednesday. [Washington Post]

• New Jersey Devils forward Travis Zajac injured his Achilles tendon during offseason training and after undergoing surgery yesterday will be out of action for 8-10 weeks. [Fire and Ice]

• Christian Ehrhoff on why he chose to not sign with the New York Islanders after they traded for his rights: "I didn't see that [Cup chance] with the Islanders so I decided not to take their offer, which was a great offer they made [five years for $23 million]." [Sabres Edge]

• After breaking his neck last season, Michael Nylander is attempting an NHL comeback and has been invited to Philadelphia Flyers' training camp next month to try and rekindle the magic he made with Jaromir Jagr in New York. [Philadelphia Daily News]

• Mirtle on Day 1 of the NHL's R&D Camp where the emphasis appears to be making power plays more goal friendly. [Globe & Mail]

• EA Sports revealed Mario Lemieux and Gordie Howe as their final two Legends in NHL 12. You can use any Legend with any NHL team in the game, but the sight of Lemieux on the Maple Leafs (lifting the Cup even) and Howe on the Wild in the trailer is very unsettling. [EA Sports]

• Mikkel Boedker and the Phoenix Coyotes have agreed to a 2-year, $2.2 million deal. [TSN]

• 40 women in Burnaby, British Columbia will play a game of hockey for 242 straight hours to raise money and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis. Awesome. [BC Local News]

• Vladimir Vujtek will now be known to us as the new Slovak national team coach instead of the guy who we'd get three of in our early '90s Upper Deck hockey card packs. [CBC]

• A Vancouver Canucks fan loses a bet after they failed to win the Stanley Cup and dyes his playoff beard pink for a week. [Vancouver Sun]

• Want a job in NHL management? You better have played the game or be the offspring of someone in hockey. [Copper & Blue]

• Examining the Nashville Predators' chances at winning the Central Division this season. [The Predatorial]

• Finally, here's Carey Price as part of menswear retailer Harry Rosen's "New Confidence" campaign:

Carey Price . Harry Rosen . Matt Barnes from Blayre Ellestad on Vimeo.

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