December 30, 2011
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.
• The Winter Classic alumni game has been pushed back to 3 p.m. on Saturday due to concerns about the sun. [Broad Street Hockey]
• Really interesting stuff about the role of the enforcer from Dallas Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk, and about Eric Godard: "When we signed Eric, the thought was that we didn't want players like Jamie Benn or Brenden Morrow or Sheldon Souray to have to fight. If teams were taking liberties with Jamie Benn, we wanted to have the option of allowing someone else to step in. But, as the season has gone on and with so much emphasis on hits to the head and concussions, that player just hasn't been seen as much.'' [Heika]
• George Richards explains why a Winter Classic in Miami isn't the craziest idea. [On Frozen Pond]
• VERSUS ratings via Steve Lepore. Just put on the Flyers and Sabres every week and you'll be fine. [Puck The Media]
• The latest NHL All-Star Game fan balloting numbers are in: Sidney Crosby is out of the top three forwards, as Phil Kessel, Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza are in the lead. Erik Karlsson and Dion Phaneuf are leading for defensemen. Tim Thomas has pushed past James Reimer for goalies. The NHL must be thrilled that apparently only about five markets still care about fan voting (we'll toss Detroit in there for the Jimmy Howard write-in campaign). [Senators]
• Ron Cook's snippy column about Jaromir Jagr: "Things are going well for Jagr and the Flyers now. You wonder how he'll be when things aren't going his or the team's way. How will he be if the puck stops going in for him or if his ice time gets cut? Maybe he really has changed, if you believe Laviolette. But I'm not buying it." [Post-Gazette]
• Jim Matheson shakes his fist at Twitter. [Edmonton Journal]
• Dowbiggin on Donald Fehr: "Bur Fehr will also understand the weaknesses in a large-market ownership that played loyal last time only to get whacked by certain provisions in the collective agreement. He has seen the $2.1-billion (U.S.) in U.S. TV money and other revenue streams grow. Which could make him a man to dispassionately parlay with on issues — so long as he's able to ride the membership tiger." [Globe & Mail]
• Finally, here's NHL ice guru Dan Craig working around the sun to prepare for the game.