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• The Pittsburgh Penguins have received their Stanley Cup rings, and they look slightly less impressive than the giant Roman column of diamonds the Ocean's crew stole from Pacino in '13'. The rings have 165 diamonds for the 165,000 charges that the NHL fixed the playoffs for Sidney Crosby(notes) that have been made since June. [WPXI]

• For those waiting years to see the great Satan's name on the Stanley Cup, your time has arrived. [Pensburgh]

• The San Jose Sharks have announced that Rob Blake(notes) is your captain this season, with Joe Thornton(notes) and Dan Boyle(notes) wearing the A's. [Fear The Fin]

• The Toronto Maple Leafs will defer their decision on a captain, giving the A's to Mike Komisarek(notes), Francois Beauchemin(notes) and Tomas Kaberle(notes). The Canadiens, meanwhile, will not have a captain to start the year either. [TSN]

Cap Geek broke the news this morning: Goalie Cam Ward(notes) gets a six-year extension with the Carolina Hurricanes at a $6.3 million a year cap hit. He was set to go restricted next summer. Taking into account what he did for that team last season and what a guy like Henrik Lundqvist(notes) is getting paid, it's about right money wise. Six years for a goalie, not named Luongo ... hmmm. [News & Observer]

• Michael Russo passed along many a waiver transaction on Twitter: Paul Bissonnette(notes) claimed by the Phoenix Coyotes; the Pittsburgh Penguins claiming Chris Bourque(notes) from the Caps. And how about this: Goalie Corey Crawford(notes) (no longer "of the future") and  defenseman Aaron Johnson(notes) (remember him from Qualifying Offer-Gate?) are put on waivers by the Chicago Blackhawks. Congrats to Antti Niemi(notes) for apparently winning the backup job; condolences to Hawks fans who go into battle with Cristobal Huet(notes) and a player with two NHL starts to his credit. (Note: Hawks could not confirm Crawford is on waivers.) [@russotrib]

• Good rundown of the big cuts at camps around the NHL. [NHL.com]

• Agent Allan Walsh tweets that Rostsilav Olesz of the Florida Panthers is planning on wearing "Ocho Cinco" on his jersey during a pregame skate. Defiant announcers will still refer to him as Rostsilav Johnson. [@walsha]

• Paint It Blackhawks presents 10 questions about the Chicago Blackhawks, none of which specifically involve proper cab etiquette. [Part One and Part Two]

• We were going to do a Mats Sundin(notes)/Hall of Fame pass or fail, but like Leahy said: It's a pretty slam-dunk case for the former Toronto Maple Leafs star's induction, even without the ring. [Globe & Mail]

• For those who follow the drama of the NHLPA behind the scenes, George James Malik's rundown of this week's players' conference call fallout is a very interesting and revealing read. For the rest of you ... well, we imagine you don't go to city council meetings, either. [Snapshots]

• Really nice "keep yo head up" column by Ryan Kennedy concerning Cody Hodgson's(notes) still-stunning demotion to the OHL from the Vancouver Canucks. [Hockey News]

• Epic find from a UniWatch reader: "That's Eric Louis-Seize, a forward from Quebec, who recently joined the Truro Bearcats of the Maritime Junior A Hockey League (MJAHL). 'Louis-Seize' translates literally to 'Louis the 16th,' which explains his unusual nameplate. This is in contrast to last year, when he played with Halifax of the QMJHL and had his name fully spelled out." [UniWatch, from photographer Richard Lafortune]

• FOR THE BLOG-OGLERS: A glorious kiss-off from Alan Bass of the Bleacher Report. [BR]

• Part Three of Adam Gretz's series of chats with Penguins GM Ray Shero. [FanHouse]

• Wait, did Damien Cox just somehow work "Curb Your Enthusiasm" into a column about Brian Burke and the Toronto Maple Leafs? [Toronto Star]

• DC hockey fans are stunned to find an NHL pullout section in the Washington Post, nervous that perhaps the Capitals had hired Joe Gibbs under their noses. [On Frozen Blog]

• Behind the huge upset of the Chicago Blackhawks by ZSC Lions in the Victoria Cup. [NHL.com]

• Finally, Owen Nolan(notes) fights are always getting a spot in the headlines. Here's the old man, taking out Braydon Coburn(notes). AARP, for the win!

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