Wayne Gretzky's NHL future; Russian ref gets feet wet (Puck Headlines)

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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.

Photo via Washington Capitals
Photo via Washington Capitals

• Caps forward Eric Fehr being honored by the Harlem Globe Trotters for his efforts against bullying. [Capitals]

• Wayne Gretzky is enjoying his life as a hockey fan in California and doesn’t see a return to the NHL any time in the near future. What is the Great One up to? [Los Angeles Times]

• More than 25 years after Russian players arrived in the NHL, Evgeny Romasko becomes the first Russian ref in the league. A look into his first game from our own Nick Cotsonika. [Yahoo]

• And we’re talking about the 2018 Olympic qualification format? Yup, start the negotiations? [IIHF]

• An update on the Blackhawks fan who got hit in the head with a dislodged piece of glass. She had a great excuse for missing work. [DNA Info]

• How do you salvage a horrible season if you’re the Columbus Blue Jackets? Sign 2011 draft pick Mike Reilly who has turned into a stud blueliner.[Blue Jackets Xtra]

• Four members of the Gatineau Olympiques were named in a sexual assault complaint stemming from an incident in an unidentified Quebec City hotel in January 2014. [Buzzing the Net]

• The creator of the documentary Red Army hopes that it can gain some traction in Canada. Gretzky and Scotty Bowman seemed to like it. [Yahoo]

• This could be the best group of defensemen that Glen Sather has ever assembled with the New York Rangers. What does this mean for NYR's Cup chances. [Sather on Waivers]

•  The media’s role in North American sports have completely changed. What does it look like now and where is it going? [Arctic Ice Hockey]

• David Pastrnak followed a strange Twitter trail on a recent roadtrip. [Deadspin]

• What is up with all this tanking talk in Buffalo. A compilation of what it all means moving forward. [Dobber Hockey]

• Is Michael Del Zotto worth re-signing for Philadelphia? Is this recent hot streak the norm for Del Zotto or just a nice stretch for the blueliner. [The Pink Puck]

• The first period has not been too kind to the Washington Capitals. And this is a major problem for Barry Trotz’s group. [Japers Rink]

• Buffalo’s third jersey is just so bad. Help these guys redesign a new Sabres third jersey. [Die by the Blade]

• Who are the Flames future leaders? Mark Giordano’s injury presses the question. [Flames Nation]

• Blue Jackets prospect Oliver Bjorkstrand has scored 50 goals in consecutive seasons, giving hope that another #cbj prospect can be a solid contributor.  [Dark Blue Jacket]

• Finally, Live from Sunrise, it's Saturday night!

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