Ottawa Senators on Parliament Hill; Vesey's Pittsburgh fit (Puck Headlines)

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Mike Trout looking very hockey-like at Ducks Night at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. [Anaheim Ducks]

• There is still the possibility of the Ottawa Senators playing an outdoor game at Parliament Hill. It’s just not coming together as quickly as some had hoped. [Ottawa Citizen]

• An all-encompassing interview with New York Islanders captain John Tavares on soft ice, lost teammates, long commutes, and his quest for international redemption. [Sportsnet]

• Jimmy Vesey to the Pittsburgh Penguins makes sense for both the player and the team. [Today’s Slapshot]

• Sudarshan Maharaj, whose passion for hockey began when an NHL player who would later become his boss tossed him a puck at a game decades ago, is the new goalie coach for the Anaheim Ducks. [Color of Hockey]

• The head of the Saskatoon Blades says plans are in the works for a special day to honor the memory of hockey legend Gordie Howe. [Global News]

• Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien has taken a lot of heat since the team missed the playoffs last season, but former Habs forward Dale Weise remains in the coach’s corner. [Montreal Gazette]

• Las Vegas general manager George McPhee has returned from a scouting trip in Europe – his first major overseas voyage for the franchise. [Las Vegas Review-Journal]

• St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko has finished his college degree this summer at Alaska-Fairbanks. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

• Nathan Gerbe talks about being 5-foot-4 and succeeding in the NHL. [Players’ Tribune]

• The ZSC Lions announced, they have signed Ronalds Kenins to a two-year contract. Kenins spent the last two seasons in the Vancouver Canucks organization. [Swiss Hockey News]

• There are reasons for optimism with the Nashville Predators – but there are also questions surrounding the team. [NHL]

• U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal again called out the NHL for the league’s handling of head injuries. [CT Post]

• Here are three ways NHL teams can get more data driven. [NHL Numbers]

• Does buying a player’s UFA years drive up his salary cap hit? This is something Calgary Flames fans should wonder as the team continues negotiations with restricted free agents Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau. [Flames Nation]

• Darius Kasparaitis talks about his first steps in life and hockey, his move to the NHL, and some players he played with and against. [The Hockey Writers]

• Tom McCollum, a former No. 1 pick of the Detroit Red Wings and one of the all-time leading goaltenders with the Grand Rapids Griffins signed a PTO with the Los Angeles Kings. [MLive]

• Former NHLer Tim Jackman is going back to school at Minnesota State to finish a degree in education. [Mankato Free Press]

• What are the Boston Bruins’ chances of landing Vesey in free agency? [Bruins Daily]

• The Bakersfield Condors are set to announce they will play in an outdoor game on January 7th at Bakersfield College. [The Sin Bin]

• Finally, Clayton Stoner throws out the first pitch at Ducks Night.

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