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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.

• Our buddy Earl Sleek visited the Art Institute of Chicago and found it's dropped a giant Blackhawks helmet on a giant feline's head. [BoC]

• Attempting to rationalize that the Philadelphia Flyers are not, in fact, massive underdogs in the Stanley Cup Finals: "If you look at the team' records against the top 10 teams in these revised standings you see that Chicago played a ton more games against the best teams -- 16, compared to only 7 for the Flyers. The Blackhawks got 56 percent of the available points against those top 10 teams, the Flyers got 57 percent. Chicago clearly was more battle-tested. But after the last 6 weeks, does that matter anymore?" [Philly.com]

• Attempting to rationalize why the Chicago Blackhawks let Michael Leighton(notes) go, as they prepare to face the Flyers goalie for the Cup. [Daily Herald]

• Razor on what he's learned in the postseason: "Alex Ovechkin...is a one trick pony and a big game gagger." [Razor With An Edge]

• Ted Leonsis's "Jagr-for-Ovechkin" rationale. [City Paper]

• With Donovan McNabb and Stephen Strasburg headed to D.C., will Ovechkin still be the biggest star in town? [Sportz Assassin]

• What will the San Jose Sharks do in the offseason? Nice breakdown of the free-agent question marks, the cap situation and why Patrick Marleau(notes) will likely return. [Battle of California]

• The Detroit Red Wings miss the finals for the first time in three years, and we're back talking about "whether players who come up through the grind of the North American club system and the CHL's gruelling playoffs aren't more prepared for the Stanley Cup playoffs than those who didn't." Let's just establish a Canadian Rooney Rule that mandates a percentage of North American players for every franchise north of the border, shall we? [White Towel]

• Talking Pittsburgh Penguins free agency. Worth a click just to see that Bill Guerin(notes) drive-by Cup picture, which was new to us. [Pens Universe]

• Despite the presence of a No. 1 overall pick that just scored over 50 goals and a No. 2 overall pick on the blue line, James Mirtle believes Steve Yzerman is taking over a Tampa Bay Lightning team that's "close to ground zero given what's gone on there" with ownership and losing. [Globe & Mail]

• Melt Your Face Off takes a look into the future of the New York Rangers and MSG. The good news? They're beating the Buffalo Sabres in 2013. The bad news: Fans can drop water balloons on players from a skywalk perch. [MYFO]

Los Angeles Kings year-in-review video. [Kings]

• Talks are ongoing between Bobby Ryan's(notes) people and the Anaheim Ducks on a new contract, but what will the young star end up getting? Nicklas Backstrom(notes) money? Jordan Staal(notes) money? Ryan Getzlaf(notes) and/or Corey Perry(notes) money? (Hmmm ... maybe Brian Burke's money?) [PHT]

• Cool little MLB/NHL story: Tampa Bay Rays Manager Joe Maddon has "asked all his players to wear hockey jerseys" during their road trip to Toronto in honor of the Cup finals. He'll rock a St. Louis Blues jersey. [MLB.com, via Kukla]

• Ex-Detroit Red Wings winger and current Flyer Ville Leino(notes) on attempting to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks: "I think they all turn the puck over if they try to make too many plays ... We have to be hard on their key guys and get them a little frustrated [because] they can get a little emotional. We just have to have the solid effort we've had the last two games." [Philly.com]

• Puck Buddy "RedWings22" saw Tuesday's Jeff Carter(notes) photo on Puck Headlines and immediately thought Nosferatu, the Vampire.

• Bridgestone re-ups with the NHL as a sponsor for the next five years and remains the title sponsor of the Winter Classic for 2011. [NHL]

• Yuck: "A 2010-11 University of Minnesota Duluth freshman hockey recruit was arrested early Tuesday on domestic assault charges after allegedly attacking his girlfriend in her College of St. Scholastica dorm room." [Duluth News Tribune]

• We've mentioned this ongoing story before, but it's worth repeating: There's a really special thing happening in Austin, Texas, with hockey at the moment, as Game 7 of the Texas Stars' series against Hamilton is Wednesday night and the arena in Austin has opened up the lower bowl for a viewing party of a minor league conference final. [The Austin Times]

• Meanwhile, Forbes slowly lowers pants, craps on Carolina Hurricanes fans: "The folks in North Carolina really don't care about hockey. They care about college basketball and NASCAR." [Forbes]

• The Ottawa Senators sign a Brodeur that's won as many first-round series in the last three years as that other Brodeur. [Senators]

• Finally, it's always nice when the punchlines on these "History Will Be Made" parodies catch you off-guard.

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