Pressure in Pittsburgh; arbitration for Reimer; Happy birthday, Teemu (Puck Headlines)

Jen Neale
Puck Daddy

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.


• God bless the interwebs. Here's a photo of Claude Giroux being arrested in Ottawa. [Imgur]

• And to add slightly more insult to injury, a collection of the best reactions to Giroux's detainment. [Flyers Nation]

• Brooks Orpik on his time in Pittsburgh: “I think it was more that we let the pressure get to us. There were just so many expectations, both internally and externally. I think we stopped having fun, to be honest with you. We let the external pressure seep into the room. That's the one thing I could put my finger on. I'm sure Sid and Geno and the other guys will learn from it." [Tribune Live]

• Nashville's Mike Fisher (nee Mr. Carrie Underwood) posted aTtweet in support of the controversial Hobby Lobby ruling by SCOTUS. Jason Kay examines the impact of hockey players throwing their two cents in to the sociopolitical ring. [The Hockey News]

• Brian Gionta is excited to be a part of whatever is happening in Buffalo. Rebuild? Re-tool? Re-design? [Buffalo Hockey Beat]

• What should the Toronto Maple Leafs do with James Reimer? The oft cast-aside net-minder has filed for salary arbitration. [Globe and Mail]

• Columbus' Ryan Johansen felt the Blue Jackets initial offer of a bridge contract was a 'slap in the face'. Was it, though? Or was GM Jarmo Kekalainen simply following the rules of negotiation? [Columbus Dispatch] 

• Justifying Deryk Engelland's three-year, $2.9-million per deal with the Calgary Flames. Spoiler alert: they didn't get him for his offensive ability...or defensive ability...or general hockey ability... [Calgary Sun]

• Being the gracious hosts they are, Canucks fans offer six tips for survival in Vancouver to new goaltender Ryan Miller. [Canucks Army]

• To the New York Islanders benefit, agent Gary Greenstin accomplished his top priority of reuniting his two clients Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski via free agency. [Sportsnet]

• “With [Francis] being the new GM and having a new coaching staff, it’s a fresh start for everybody,” Tim Gleason said. “It’s a good opportunity for me. My family loves it there, and there’s not a better place to be and play. I’m excited to be back and have the opportunity to get back at it.” Gleason returns to Carolina (via free agency) after being traded to Toronto back on New Year's day. [Carolina Hurricanes]

• "... NHL teams bought out a total of 28 players. The total amount of the buyouts is a combined $176.9 million and that will be paid out over a combined 136 years. Of those 28 players, only six of them – Steve Montador, Ryan Malone, Johan Hedberg, Rick DiPietro, Ed Jovanovski and Tomas Kaberle – did not or likely will not receive another NHL contract after being bought out. All told, 19 teams used at least one compliance buyout and 13 teams used the maximum two that were available to them." [The Hockey News]

• Not sure if it was intentional, but the Predators are having Shea Weber bobble head night against the Flyers. [The Tennessean]

• San Jose continues to tinker with the lineup by acquiring Tye McGinn (brother of former-Shark Jamie McGinn) from Philadelphia for a third-round pick in the 2015 draft [Fear the Fin]

• Zack Stortini continues to find employment. The enforcer signed a two-way deal on Wednesday with the Philadelphia Flyers[Broad Street Hockey]

• Bruins fans bid adieu to their Chocobear (Jarome Iginla) the best way they know how - via Photoshop. [Days of Y'Orr]

• In honor of the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, the top five hockey logos representing 'Murrica [Hockey by Design]

• Down Goes Brown rehashes the week-that-was inside and out of hockey in a funny grab bag of random stories. [Grantland]

• Happy 44th birthday, Teemu Selanne! To honor the Finnish Flash, take a look back at his top 10 moments in the NHL:

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