Team Russia unveils sweater; Luongo seems happy; Olympic ref camp (Puck Headlines)

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• Alex Ovechkin models Team Russia's Olympic duds. They seem to allow the players an impressive range of motion, because Ovechkin deftly dodged a question about Russia's anti-gay laws during the reveal. “Our job is to play," he said, "I’d rather speak about that.” [RMNB]

• EA Sports has begun a countdown of their top 50 player ratings for NHL 14. The first shock: Drew Doughty is 46th with a rating of 88. That's too low, first of all, but the added shock comes when you realize Dustin Byfuglien is 47th with the same rating. [NHL 14]

• Before the Capitals signed Mikhail Grabovski, they asked Brian Burke what he thought of the former Leafs' centre. He gave a good reference. [Capitals Insider]

• Might this be the NHL's last Olympics? [Winnipeg Free Press]

• Will realignment help or hurt the Flames? I wonder if anyone will notice the effects of realignment when they're still bad. [Flames Nation]

• International hockey's best referees and linesmen are also having a camp. Why aren't you covering that, media?! [IIHF]

• Hey Luongo, are you happy? "“I’m happy to be playing and being a starter, that’s what matters for now, and that’s what I’m focused on. At the end of the day, that’s all you really need, right?” So, no. [Vancouver Sun]

• Alex Radulov has been stripped of his CSKA captaincy because he had "undisclosed problems with discipline". Whoa, since when? [RIA Novosti]

• What hockey really needs is a champions league tournament. This will never happen, but it would be awesome. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]

• How will the goalie equipment changes affect Roberto Luongo? Probably not all that much. [PITB]

• Tickets for the Islanders/Rangers Yankee Stadium game have gone on sale for season-ticket holders. [Islanders Point Blank]

• What we know and what we don't about the Minnesota Wild's soon-to-be-unveiled new jerseys. [First Round Bust]

• The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles are planning to trade their first overall pick, Nicolas Roy, mainly because he refuses to even visit them. Seems like a good course of action. [Buzzing the Net]

• Taylor Hall is ready for elite status, fantasy-wise. And maybe in the regular way too. [Dobber Hockey]

• Hey, remember Josh Gratton? Here he is clotheslining a guy in Russia. It's against the rules over there too.

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