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• Justin Bieber's shameful hockey past! (We just assume that would be the tabloid headline.) From Best Week Ever: "Photos have surfaced of the Biebs posing in his hockey gear in Canada back in 2005 and 2006, way before he became arguably the hottest teen lady commodity [since] Junior Tampax." [More photos from BWE]

• No, seriously, Ice Edge says there's nothing wrong with their bid for the Phoenix Coyotes or their negotiations with the City of Glendale. [Globe & Mail]

Denis Grebeshkov(notes) may have wanted to remain with the Nashville Predators, but chose a 2-year deal with the KHL instead. [On The Forecheck]

• Don Brennan doesn't come out and say it, but he clearly wants to know if Carrie Underwood is going to be Yokel Ono and steal Mike Fisher(notes) away from Ottawa for Nashville. [Ottawa Sun]

New Jersey Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek speaks to fans, believes the Ilya Kovalchuk(notes) case will go quickly and that there's been a spike in ticket sales because of the signing. [In Lou We Trust]

• Solving the Chicago Blackhawks cap crunch. [Paint It Blackhawks]

• A plea for Erik Johnson(notes) of the St. Louis Blues to get BizNasty on his Twitter feed: "Don't fall for the politically correct police, EJ. Stand your ground and Tweet whatever the hell you want to tweet. Tweet it big, Tweet it loud. Tweet it proud. Post some shirtless photos of Perron and Berglund." [St. Louis Game Time]

• Things we'd like to see the NHL steal from Russia: When Alex Ovechkin(notes) wins the Kharlamov Trophy award, he will then take calls on a live radio show from fans. [Alex Ovetjkin]

• Why the hell couldn't the makers of "Mad Men" get the rights to a Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New York Rangers hockey game from 1964 for the season premiere? And couldn't Don Draper have just sweet-talked the rights-holder into granting clearance and/or sleeping with him? [LA Times]

• The NHL's top 20 defensemen. Agree? Disagree? [Kurtenblog]

• "Islanders Sales Team hosted several prospective clients at their Golf Outing." No story about golf should ever appear on the New York Islanders' website. [Islanders]

• Mirtle's list of the still-available free agents on the market, including ones he figures are "signing soon." [Globe & Mail]

• Another look at the free-agent pool from Sports Lifestyle Network. [SLN]

• Interesting bit about a Florida Panthers draft pick who is joining the WHL after some questionable behavior at Minnesota. [Buzzing The Net

• The Devils avoid arbitration with Mark Fraser(notes). [NJ.com]

Pascal Leclaire(notes) has someone new to help him with his inevitable injury rehab. [Silver Sevens]

Scott Hartnell(notes) on Simon Gagne's(notes) departure from the Philadelphia Flyers: ""It won't be fun playing against him. Pucks will be in the corner and he and I will be going after it and hopefully I will be able to come up with it instead of him." [Philly.com]

• This Steve Dangle "Leaf for a Day" video is hilarious for many reasons, but mostly because he filmed it with his laptop. Which is like carrying a boom box to record interviews. [YouTube]

• All four Staal brothers attended the world junior baseball championships at Port Arthur Stadium in Thunder Bay, where an off-leash dog park over the outfield fence has been transformed into "The Bike Staal", where fans can "park their bicycles free of charge." Cool. Now about that Bathroom Staal ... [Sports Network]

• Ryan Dixon on the Alex Frolov signing by the New York Rangers: "Frolov is a lighter version of another he-loves-me, he-loves-me-not player the Rangers used to employ, Alex Kovalev(notes). The latter, in his prime, possessed more game-changing ability than Frolov, but they're still cut from the same maddening cloth." Oy. [THN]

• Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk: "We've had a long tradition here of having premium goaltenders. Marty Turco(notes) has been a solid goaltender here for over a decade now and has done great things on and off the ice. But I just felt for the long-term success of our franchise, we needed to acquire Kari Lehtonen(notes)." Needed to? [Stars]

• Apparently, avoiding arbitration with Gilbert Brule(notes) isn't the end of Steve Tambellini's jobs for the summer. [Copper & Blue]

• Very interesting (and, warning, Capitals-centric) look at what makes a 5-tool player in hockey. [Japers' Rink]

• 'Battle of the Blades: Season 2' cast, so far: Kelly Chase, Russ Courtnall and Theo Fleury(notes). [Blues]

• Minor League Hockey star, for whatever that's worth, Darren Haydar(notes) returns to the Chicago Wolves. [AHL]

• Finally, here are Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby(notes) taking the first skate at the new home of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Observation No. 1: The locker room is about 300 times larger than the one at Mellon. Observation No. 2: Isn't it adorable that they both touched their blades to the ice at the same time?

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