Puck Headlines: Richards vs. reporter; vote on Coyotes’ fate

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.


• No offense to Philadelphia Flyers captain Mike Richards, but taking to Twitter to criticize a beat writer probably isn't going to shake the "moody" label. [@MRichie18]

• Crossing Broad has the whole Richards vs. writer thing covered. [Crossing Broad]

• From Elliotte Friedman: "If I was Paul Holmgren, I'd ask Mike Richards if he wanted to drop the "C" for an "A" because the interaction between Richards and the Philly media is painful to watch. Richards takes the questions very personally and everyone might be better off if he did it less often and simply concentrated on playing. This move happened years ago with Eric Desjardins and Keith Primeau and it can happen again with Richards and Chris Pronger." [CBC Sports]

• Woo-hoo! The NHL conference finals schedules are out! The Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning begin on Saturday, May 14. The Vancouver Canucks will take on either the Detroit Red Wings or San Jose Sharks on Sunday, May 15. [NHL]

• The NHL supports the NFL in its battle with the players, to the surprise of no one. [PFT]

• Tuesday night's the night for the big vote in Glendale as the city will decide whether to subsidize the Coyotes for another season with a $25 million payment to the NHL, to buy more time for the ownership issues to be settled. Via Phoenix Business Journal, it's expected to approve it. [TSN]

• Remember Ice Edge, the group that was going to buy the Phoenix Coyotes and then try and play some home games up in Saskatoon? They're officially out of the ownership picture with potential buyer Matthew Hulsizer. [AZ Central]

• Atlanta Thrashers fans would love to know what the hell their team is up to, moving ahead with ticket promotions for next season while making noise about an uncertain future in the market. [Examiner]

• Why the hype about the Thrashers' relocation is just that: "About the only thing cemented here are the Spirits' status as the biggest pity-partier throwers in the city." [Bird Watchers Anonymous]

• On Mike Modano replacing Johan Franzen in Game 6, and how the San Jose Sharks will adjust without Ryane Clowe in the lineup. [Working The Corners]

• Mirtle looks at whether the Tampa Bay Lightning are blessed or cursed with the amount of rest they're getting between series. [Globe & Mail]

• The elimination of the Nashville Predators means the Mike Fisher trade has been finalized for the Ottawa Senators. The Senators will receive the 21st overall pick in the 2011 draft as well as a third-round pick in the 2012 draft and the rights to a rusty spittoon. [Silver Sevens]

• Why Kevin Bieksa of the Vancouver Canucks needs to join, and his top-20 quotes. [Pass It To Bulis]

• "Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano will be joined by hundreds of local business, community and labor leaders on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in announcing a major Economic Development and Job Creation Plan to build a world-class sports-entertainment destination center.  After months of intense media speculation, the County Executive will also announce plans to pursue the construction of an Indian gaming casino." Arena deal, ahoy? [Islanders]

• The Pittsburgh Penguins will hold their first Girls Hockey Camp June 23-25 at Ice Castle in Castle Shannon. Please do not share this information with Max Talbot. [Penguins]

• Sad news from the Minnesota Wild, as the brother of Clayton Stoner died in an accident. [Hockey Wilderness]

• The Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame is accepting nominations. Can you Smehlik who we're voting for, like, 10,000 times? [Sabres]

• A triple overtime Game 7 sounds like a heart attack that should have happened. [Winnipeg Free Press]

• Flyers GM Paul Holmgren's final thoughts on the season. [Broad Street Hockey]

• Finally, via Sunaya, we're not sure if this Finnish hockey ad ever made it into Puck Headlines before. But even if it did … it's just awesome:

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