Puck Headlines: Pens extend GM Shero; Brad Richards donates $500K to hospital pediatric unit

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• Appearing at Washington Capitals training camp: Alex Ovechkin's(notes) ladyfriend Valeria Sokolova, and the Alex Ovetjkin blog had a somewhat creepy spy report: "Her features aren't as defined as they are in her photos, the lips are the most noticeable feature and in person she has a completely different shaped nose then I thought she had. Her face is softer, with a bit of gentleness, and she looks much, much younger in person. In photos I thought she looked 22-25, but face-to-face she looks 16-20. She is also extremely thin, thinner than in the photos." [Alex Ovetjkin]

• The Pittsburgh Penguins sign GM Ray Shero to a new 5-year contract extension, and follow with an in-depth look at his "greatest moves." Oddly, the name "Alexei Ponikarovsky" is missing ...[Penguins]

• We mentioned this in our season preview, but New York Rangers captain Chris Drury(notes) will miss a month with a broken finger. [NYDN]

Brad Richards(notes) of the Dallas Stars, who makes a pretty penny in the NHL, has donated $500,000 to the pediatric unit of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown, PEI. "Richard's (sic) gift was made in honour of his cousin and best friend, Jamie Reynolds, who passed away in 1989 with a brain tumour when he was seven years old and Richards was almost nine." Well-done, sir. [The Guardian]

• Adam Proteau asks four questions about the new NHL season, including: "Who Will Be The First Coach Fired (And Replaced By Ken Hitchcock?)" [Hockey News]

• Remember Lowell MacDonald, Jr.? He's the Fox Sports Network Pittsburgh producer who, oopsie, lost a critical replay during a Penguins game against the Philadelphia Flyers and was suspended from his job. He'll be back this season ... but is he going to work Pens/Flyers telecasts? (Story doesn't say.) [Post Gazette]

• Jim Matheson writes a piece that had to be written about Edmonton Oilers defenseman Kurtis Foster's(notes) tragic story, and it's a gut-punch from the opening paragraph. [Edmonton Journal]

From TSN's Bob McKenzie: "Sources say CBJ netminder Steve Mason(notes) has agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension, $2.6M and $3.2M for an AAV of $2.9M." [@TSNBobMcKenzie]

• "Hockey and Hooters can mix in Vegas." Well, now that we've got your attention ... [Casino City Times]

• Translated goodness about the Capitals' new Russian trio lighting up camp. [Japers' Rink]

• Very in-depth look at the impact of Penn State University hockey on the NCAA. We'll have more on this story on Tuesday. [From The Rink]

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Mike Smith(notes) was injured in practice on Monday. Which, for the record, is not a #DanEllisProblem. [Raw Charge]

• "Matthew Lombardi's stride on the ice is close to textbook perfect." [The Tennessean]

• Jeff Marek's new BFF on Hockey Night in Canada will be Brad May(notes). [CBC Sports]

Michael Leighton(notes) and Sergei Bobrovsky(notes) will be your goalie tandem for the Philadelphia Flyers' first preseason game. Leighton's mask, by the way, is Bully-rific. [Broad Street Hockey]

Evgeni Malkin(notes) to Eric Duhatschek on shifting to the wing: "That's OK because I played before. It's not a big change, but maybe I score a bit more because I play up more in the offensive zone and have more scoring chances. But we'll see." [Globe & Mail]

Brian Boyle(notes) and Michael Del Zotto(notes) of the New York Rangers in some sort of video booth during New York Fashion Week. That sound you hear is Sean Avery(notes) tapping his foot impatiently outside, hoping they'll hurry up so as not to miss the Christian Siriano spring collection.

• Tyler Dellow's dose of sanity on those Sheldon Souray(notes) for Mike Commodore(notes) talks, considering Commodore has three years left on his deal: "It's the third year that's the killer. Ales Hemsky(notes) and Dustin Penner(notes) will be requiring new contracts in 2012. Previous mistakes like Nikolai Khabibulin(notes) (and, given the way that the market is right now, guys who are significantly overpaid relative to the cost of a reasonable facsimile, like Shawn Horcoff(notes)) will still be on the payroll. The balance sheet should, at all costs, be kept clean of further bad contracts for 2012-13." [mchockey79]

• Free-agent winger Raffi Torres(notes) and Mikael Samuelsson(notes) are vying for time on the Sedins' wing with Alex Burrows out of the lineup. [Globe & Mail]

• Real Admiral on Marc Savard's(notes) injury setback for the Boston Bruins. [Rear Admiral]

• Please welcome Da 'Guins Blog to the hockey blogosphere. [Da ‘Guins Blog]

• Kevin Paul Dupont on the Ilya Kovalchuk(notes) contract debacle: "Either Vanderbeek called the shots on this one or Lamoriello has rewritten his franchise playbook, with new foreword contributed by Len Barrie and Oren Koules- the fun-loving, quick-dissolving former owners of the Tampa Bay Lightning." [Boston Globe]

Marty Turco's(notes) puck-handling ability has the Chicago Blackhawks excited. Home run passes to Patrick Kane(notes)? Do goalie assists count in your fantasy league? [Sun Times]

• The highs, and lows, of Max Afinogenov's NHL career. [Die By The Blade]

• Finally, Shawn Thornton(notes) of the Boston Bruins is a jokester with the media. And it pretty good at it. (Via Puck Buddy Jake.)

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