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.
Wow, even the US government is shutting things down to watch Leafs/Habs on opening night. What a spectacle!
— Joffrey Lupul (@JLupul) October 1, 2013
• He'll be here all week. Try the veal!
• USA Hockey will announces its soon-to-be gold medal winning men's Olympic team during the Jan. 1 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium. [USA Hockey]
• Nick Cotsonika looks at the top 10 Stanley Cup contenders. [Yahoo]
• With the NHL season kicking off tonight, here are 30 storylines you'll be sick of very soon. [Sporting News]
• So, Max Domi goes back to London and promptly throws a flying forearm into an opponent's head. [Buzzing the Net]
• With a desire for players going back and forth to have just one rule, the AHL has also adopted hybrid icing. [AHL]
• After spending training camp in Philadelphia on a PTO, Hal Gill signs a one-year deal with the Flyers. [Flyers]
• Good read on Adam Oates and his attention to detail when it comes to hockey sticks. [Washington Post]
• Red Wings employee and Fox Sports 1 hockey analyst Chris Chelios picks the Red Wings to win Stanley Cup. [Awful Announcing]
• Making sense of the Penguins' roster moves yesterday and why sending Beau Bennett to the ECHL was just procedural. [Colligan]
• Geoff Courtnall talks about dealing with post-concussion symptoms years after he retired. [Province]
• Alex Ovechkin was on NPR this morning and despite it being requested not to bring up the Russian anti-gay law controversy, the host asked anyway. “To be honest with you, man, it’s just a situation when people have rights and I’m just hockey player. I just support everybody and everybody have own mind.” [Post]
• This week marks the beginning of Teemu Selanne's farewell tour. Sean McIndoe has a few suggestions for a tour slogan: "Phoenix, January 11 Come say good-bye to the franchise record-holder for goals in a season, kind of, we think. Look, it’s complicated; we’ll let Shane Doan explain." [Grantland]
• Nine Lightning-related things to keep an eye on early in the season. [Sunbelt Hockey]
• A Q&A with Matt Duchene: "I work with a sports psychologist quite a bit and I think every body should have one. It doesn’t matter how mentally strong you think you are, everyone can benefit." [Mile High Sports]
• Chris Kreider will start the season in the AHL. Here's why he's not a bust for the Rangers. [Blueshirt Banter]
• How are changes atop the AEG empire affecting the LA Kings? [Frozen Royalty]
• Finally, even "How I Met Your Mother" gets in on the Maple Leafs/Stanley Cup drought jokes: