Rogers ‘listening tour’; Best Olympians ever; Gagner to Kings? (Puck Headlines)

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• Taylor Hall throws down at Madison Square Garden. Sure, he can hit the paint and rock the rim, but how's his zone defense? [Andrew Ference]

• The NHL and Rogers will be embarking on a "listening tour", asking fans across Canada how they like their hockey broadcasts. If they come to you, do not, under any circumstances, say "More P.J. Stock." They've promised to listen. [The Globe & Mail]

• Keith Allen, the General Manager that built the famed Broad Street Bullies, passed away yesterday at the age of 90. [NHL]

• Elliotte Friedman's 30 thoughts. How much would the Kings be willing to give up in exchange for Sam Gagner? [CBC]

• Henrik Lundqvist could wear bigger pads in Sochi. He could. But he won't. [NY Post]

• The 10 best NHL Olympians of all-time. [Grantland]

• Great long-form storytelling from Jeff Pearlman on the 1984 U.S. men's Olympic team, which had to play the whole tournament knowing the last group used up all the miracle cream. [SB Nation]

• Count Mikko Koivu among the players planning to play through injury in Sochi. [Star Tribune]

• Looking at the designs on the Olympic jerseys that will be worn by some of the lesser hockey countries. Switzerland's sweater is my favorite. [Hockey by Design]

• NHL statistics and what they really mean. For example: do you know when team's hit? When they don't have the puck. Ergo, good puck possession teams don't have much time for hitting. [Broad Street Hockey]

• Marian Hossa is 35, so he has earned the right to skip practices. Sweet deal for the Slovak. [ESPN]

• Tuukka Rask's Olympic mask is so metal. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]

• Islanders Twitter is a cold, cruel place. A call for order. [Eye on Isles]

• Meet Alex Carpenter, daughter of American hockey legend Bobby Carpenter. She'll be playing for the U.S. women's team in Sochi. [LA Times]

• And meet Rico Roman, the first war-wounded veteran to be nominated to the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team. [ABC News]

• So many cool personal stories today. Meet John Parks, who, at 46, signed his first pro contract. He was the Syracuse Crunch's emergency backup goalie on Saturday. [Prep Rally]

• Tyler Johnson for the Calder? [Eye on Hockey]

• Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh, and Ryan Callahan stopped by the Today Show to talk about Team USA's chances in Sochi. [SNY Rangers]

• Fans record video messages congratulating Patrick Sharp on making the Olympic team. Then he shows up! It's like they summoned him. That sound you heard was ladies everywhere (and some men) rushing to record a video message of their own, in the hopes this is a Candyman-type situation.

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