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• Via Tauntr comes a small collection of ugly NHL Christmas sweaters, perfect for that ugly sweater party you swore you'd never attend. Like, for example, the Toronto Maple Leafs one to the right: "Curl up next to the Yule log dressed in this lovely sweater that incorporates a new, Toronto tradition-throwing waffles onto the ice. It's accented by a scoreboard that more often than not reflects the scoreboard at the Air Canada Centre." [Tauntr]

• REMINDER: Our new contest is underway. Your NHL Holiday Greeting Cards and Songs to puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com, please.

• Pull Randy Carlyle off the hot seat, please: "The Ducks have signed Coach Randy Carlyle and senior vice president of hockey operations David McNab to one-year contract extensions, the team announced Tuesday." [LA Times]

•Oh, this is a fun idea: Using XBox Kinect to physical tend goal on, say, an EA Sports NHL game. [Operation Sports]

• In case you haven't heard, Sidney Crosby(notes) and Alex Ovechkin(notes) will appear on "The Price Is Right" on Monday for a Winter Classic showcase showdown (along with Jeremy Roenick(notes)). Witness the hilarity as Crosby refuses to give a bid on the showcase while saying "whatever price is fine, I'm just here to help my team win" and Ovechkin makes out with a Barker's Beauty inside of a brand NEW MOTOR HOME! [Y! Sports]

• Sidney Crosby fans: Please be advised that Western New York is a dangerous place. "FIGHT: A man told police he was assaulted by a group of males in the parking lot of the Olympic restaurant on Sheridan Drive early Sunday morning. The man was attacked for being a fan of Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins, who played the Buffalo Sabres earlier Saturday night. According to police reports, some words were exchanged between the two different tables inside the restaurant and again in the parking lot before the fight happened. The victim did not want to press charges." [Tonawanda News, via Puck Buddy Kozyshank]

UPDATE: Via On Frozen Blog, the Capitals' line pairings for the alumni game at the Winter Classic. [OFB]

• A passionate defense for the Edmonton Oilers cheerleaders, debuting Tuesday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs. [Sportsnet]

• Cool it now with your Evgeni Nabokov(notes) to the Washington Capitals talk. Said coach Bruce Boudreau: "I'll tell them the same thing: We've got two great young goaltenders. Not good, but great young goaltenders. We're not going after anybody else." [Capitals Insider]

Olli Jokinen(notes) vs. waffle. Can't. Stop. Watching. For. Some. Reason. [FailBlog, via Stone Devil]

• Is it wrong to find this rather hilarious that he's referred to as "Craig Ludwig, former teammate of Mike Modano(notes)" in this press release? [PR Newswire]

• From Al Cimaglia on the Chicago Blackhawks: "The Marty Turco(notes) bandwagon should be about empty by now as Corey Crawford(notes) came on in relief to almost save the day. But this defeat involved more than a couple of soft goals by Turco. If there was ever a time for the Hawks defense to stand tall it would have been last night. But collectively the defense wasn't good at all." [HI]

• Vinny Lecavalier is back on the ice for the Tampa Bay Lightning. [Raw Charge]

• On the Senators' attendance issues: "It's going to be a work in progress to restore the bank to its glory days off the fumes of the 2007 Stanley Cup final, when the team averaged 19,000 per game and had 38 sellouts in 2007-08. Better performance by the team on the ice would help, but those involved with marketing and sales like to say they account for worst-case scenarios on the hockey side, so a winning season is a bonus." [Ottawa Citizen]

• According to the Ottawa Sun at Ottawa Senators practice, "Senators centre Jesse Winchester(notes) had to go get stitches after getting a puck in the mouth while defenceman Matt Carkner(notes) needed stitches after getting cut by Erik Karlsson's(notes) skate." Boy, those bleeding drills were always tough to get through ... [QMI]

• There's a chance we'll see both Evgeni Malkin(notes) and Chris Kunitz(notes) rotating on and off of Sidney Crosby's wing Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers, if Dan Bylsma is to be believed. [NHL.com]

• The latest NHL All-Star game vote totals, as Pittsburgh Penguins fans stuff the ballot box and threaten to push the undeserving Evgeni Malkin ahead of Steven Stamkos(notes) and into a "starting" role. Meanwhile, Marc-Andre Fleury(notes) is creeping up on Carey Price(notes). For you Vote for Avery folks, Sean Avery(notes) has 93,600 write-in votes, ahead of Jeff Carter(notes) (91,107) and behind Eric Staal(notes) (94,085), who is in 17th place. Our favorite thing: There are 53 defenseman ranked ahead of Bryan McCabe(notes) of the Florida Panthers, who was actually on the ballot. [NHL]

• Heartwarming story: A 71-year-old man wins a Sidney Crosby Olympic jersey (autographed!) in a 50/50 raffle. [Chatham Daily]

• Scott Bowman on Detroit Red Wings defenseman/legend Nicklas Lidstrom(notes): "The thing I always said about Nick, for all the points he's had, his offense has been so good, but the thing that's always amazed me about him is that very, very seldom have I seen Nick caught up ice. Very seldom does he leave his partner alone." [ESPN]

• Interesting bit from Rich Hammond: "When the Kings went through their 1-6-0 slump last month, they were outscored 12-3 in the third periods of those games. Now, in their recent 4-0-1 streak, they have outscored opponents 7-1 in the third period." [LA Kings Insider]

• Via the great Ian Walker, Mike Smith(notes) of the Tampa Bay Lightning on the funniest thing he's ever heard on the ice: "Another good question. I don't know ... We had that game against Philly a couple of weeks ago. It was 8-7 and I was in for the last three and I asked Scott Hartnell(notes) if we were on Punked because it felt like there were soccer nets in here and he said, "Mix in a save." [Vancouver Sun

• Interesting stuff on the Carolina Hurricanes, attendance and revenue: "According to a recent report published by the Triangle Business Journal, the Hurricanes' revenue dropped by over 25% from 2008-09 to 2009-10.   Of course much of that is to be expected because the team failed to make it to the post season last year, while they made it to the Eastern Conference Finals the year before.  That fact alone is going to drastically affect all of Carolina's financial statements. " [Canes Country]

• Finally, another victory for John Scott(notes) of the Blackhawks against David Koci(notes) of the Colorado Avalanche, who actually did quite well to overcome his obvious disadvantage of being David Koci in this fight: [Hockey Fights]

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