VandeVelde to have hearing; evolving goalies; Hobey Baker finalists (Puck Headlines)

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Rickard Rakell has a great fan club. [Jersey Fouls]

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Chris VandeVelde will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Friday after his elbow/check to the head of Jonathan Toews. [NHL] 

• Great list of five games that changed the course of NHL draft history. Alex Ovechkin a Blue Jacket? Patrick Kane an Oiler? [The Hockey News]

• Sean Avery on NHL marketing, Babcock vs. Tortorella and more. [

• Has Braden Holtby done enough to win the Vezina Trophy? [Japers’ Rink]

• David Alter on Ben Bishop and how NHL goalies have evolved. [The Score]

• Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson are having historic offensive seasons for defensemen. [Eye on Hockey]

• George McPhee will co-GM Team Canada’s World Championships entry with Brad Treliving. [Islanders Insight]

• How do you fix the NHL Draft Lottery? Here’s one way. [NHL Numbers

• With the recent struggles of the Chicago Blackhawks, Joel Quenneville needs to start icing line combinations he’ll use in the playoffs. [Second City Hockey]

• A chat with Isobel Cup MVP Brianna Decker. [The Hockey Writers

• Thatcher Demko and Kyle Connor highlight the list of the 10 Hobey Baker Award finalists. [College Hockey News

• Why the St. Louis Blues should keep Ken Hitchcock around after this season. [Bleedin’ Blue]

• What decisions should GM Peter Chiarelli make on his upcoming UFAs and RFAs? [Oilers Nation]

• On the importance of the CWHL’s Clarkson Cup. [Along the Boards]

• What kind of an effect will an expansion draft have on the Tampa Bay Lightning? [Lightning Shout]

• A look at how important playoff seeding will be in the Western Conference. [Pro Hockey News]

• The Nashville Predators are playing good hockey at the right time. [Tennessean]

• Finally, here’s Claude Giroux showing off his dangling ability:


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