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• Really interesting piece from John Grigg about the performance bonuses that some players are in line for next season. Could Tyler Seguin's(notes) bonus potential keep him off the Boston Bruins next season? Is Tyler Bozak(notes) of the Toronto Maple Leafs really in line for a $2.85 million bonus? [The Hockey News]

• Bill Daly: Chris Pronger's(notes) contract with the Philadelphia Flyers is, in fact, still under investigation. [CSN Philly]

• The NHL confirms that it has "no issue" with Vincent Lecavalier's(notes) contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Think that $7.727 million cap hit has something to do with it? [Lightning Strikes]

• Was the Ilya Kovalchuk(notes) decision the moment the NHLPA cowboys up, locates its cajones and offers the NHL an actual fight instead of whatever its defense was in this case? [The Hockey Writers]

• The All-Loophole Team for the NHL. [NHL Hot Stove]

• Down Goes Brown presents the secret Kovalchuk hearing transcript, complete with Rick DiPietro(notes) cameo. [DGB]

Jonathan Toews(notes) has a strained MCL and might have to skip the big SuperStar Showdown event in Winnipeg on Thursday. Boy, name a lake after a guy and it all goes to his head ... [QMI]

• Really long, really interesting tale by Burgundy about his series of job interviews with the NHLPA and the possibility that he actually came up with the whole "shooting pucks through goalposts" thing at the Winter Classic press conference. [Stay Classy]

• Please recall our post earlier this week on Brendan Millhouser, the Chicago Blackhawks fan who allegedly spotted an engraving error on The Prince of Wales Trophy but whose photos were called a hoax by CSN Philly and the Hockey Hall of Fame. He offers a response on his blog, and we're still trying to figure out the truth on this one. Something's fishy. [CHIbdm]

• Taking on Gary Bettman on several fronts: "If you wouldn't pay whatever it takes to have ESPN as part of your cable package to see Don Cherry's wardrobe in HD, you're crazy. Melrose's mullet? What about Barnaby's toothless grin? ESPN means two things: exposure and revenue. Somehow, Bettman doesn't see the need for either." [Something's Bruin]

• Another shot at Bettman: "The league exists to put on hockey. The better the players, the better the hockey. It's not a highly complex business model. So why is the league targeting itself like this? What's to be gained by placing a barrier between NHL talent and NHL contracts? Why not let owners sign players as long as they work within the constraints of the Collective Bargaining Agreement?" [Puck Update]

• CORSI-obsessed Puck Stops Here asks why Jason Strudwick(notes) of the Edmonton Oilers is still in the NHL. [TPSH]

• Compuware CEO Peter Karmanos opines on the Ilitch family going after the Detroit Pistons for a new arena with the Detroit Red Wings. [Snapshots]

• The London Knights sign Jared Tinordi. [Knights]

• Looking back at some of the NHL's best debuts from teenage players. Whatever happened to that Gretzky fellow? [NHL.com]

• With our reporting on the NHL champagne jersey, we appear to have won a victory for female puckheads. [Twitter]

• Defenseman Jordan Hendry(notes) re-signs with the Chicago Blackhawks on a one-year deal. [Hawks]

• Here's video of the EA Sports' spiffy Ultimate Hockey Team mode on NHL 11.

• Jimmy Dowd does the charity hockey thing. [GM News]

• Why did the Nashville Predators shake up their front office? Apparently they'd like to see a few more fannies in the seats. [The Tennessean]

• Clever post from Dom, as Radek Martinek's(notes) Tweets are "translated" during a New York Islanders chat. Who doesn't love a Milbury joke? [Lighthouse Hockey]

• Looking at some of the long-tenured NHL players that are looking for a Stanley Cup, including Ryan Miller(notes) and Dany Heatley(notes). On David Legwand(notes): "Has any No. 2 overall pick had a more bland career?" Only if you define Dave Chyzowski as a bust. [THN]

• Fantastic piece by Mike Heika on the changing times for Dallas Stars fans. [SportsDay]

• Did Lou Lamoriello actually get what he wanted in the Kovalchuk case? [Hockey.org]

• How the Devils can sign Kovalchuk and Zach Parise(notes). [JFTC]

• One plan for getting the Calgary Flames under the salary cap. One that doesn't involve shoving Kotalik inside a refrigerator box, writing 'KHL' on it and putting in on a freighter. [Matchsticks and Gasoline]

• Finally, a dude from Beckett opens some 1980s vintage Topps and O-Pee-Chee wax packs at a trade show. THE GUM IS STUCK! Oh, and we have a Doug Gilmour rookie sighting!

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