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.
• It's the official Marc-Andre Fleury(notes) T-shirt! "Koeberle & Associates, in association with Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, is pleased to announce the release of his officially licensed t-shirt called ‘A Winter's Fleury'. The T-shirt features a custom photo of Marc-Andre shot by noted Pittsburgh photographer Duane Rieder." Looks cool, but it's about three wolves and a moon away from being awesome.
• More Pittsburgh Penguins: Comparing the 2010 model with the 1993 Mario/Jagr model. [Pens Universe]
• Meanwhile. St. Louis Game Time is asking if there's a hex on the team considering how many injuries the Blues have suffered, and if so how to remedy it. [St. Louis Game Time]
• Good news from VERSUS: "VERSUS averaged 750,000 viewers for the Pittsburgh Penguins/Philadelphia Flyers telecast on Tuesday, December 14, making it the most-watched regular-season game in network history and surpassing the previous high set by the same two teams in this year's season-opener on October 7, 2010 (730,000 viewers). The telecast, which peaked at nearly one million viewers between 9:15-9:30 p.m. ET, was the most-watched NHL regular-season game on cable since December 2003."
• Adam Proteau on the Dion Phaneuf(notes) trade: "Ridding the Flames of Phaneuf's contract only made sense if Sutter was wise in re-distributing the money that was saved in the deal. But Sutter was not wise in that regard. The trade was a crystal clear case of him cutting off his nose to spite his face - and instead of listening to the outcry that followed the cutting, Sutter caressed the lopped-off schnozz like a Faberge Egg and now holds it high over his head with a perverse sense of pride." [THN]
• Great list of NHL charity initiatives for the holiday season. [NHL]
• Interesting take from Ralph Strangis, Dallas Stars play-by-play man, on realignment for the team: "We need to be realigned. It's a business issue really. If you're in the West - you have travel issues. I believe ours are greater than most - but let's table that for the moment. Our biggest problem is that half of our road starts are at 9:00 or later in Dallas. For example - Monday's game in San Jose was just terrific - but how many of you actually were up to see all of it? I can't stay up and watch the Rangers when they're out west in the summer - and I don't have to get up early the next day. For us to continue to grow our television audience - we have to have more 6 and 7:00 starts. I would propose 3 divisions - 10 teams each - aligned by time zone - or something like that. And I would also like to see a more balanced schedule that includes seeing all opponents." [Dallas Morning News]
• Down Goes Brown zoomed in on the whiteboard that Bourne broke down earlier today, and look what he found! [DGB]
• "The American Hockey League announced today that Olaf Kolzig(notes) and Nick Kypreos will serve as the honorary captains at the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross, to be held January 30-31 at Giant Center in Hershey, Pa." So no Kolzig in the Capitals alumni game at the Winter Classic, but doing the AHL All-Star Game. OK then. [AHL]