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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.

Boston Bruins rookie Tyler Seguin(notes) is the new face of Dunkin' Donuts. That sound you just heard was Drew Doughty(notes) punching the wall. [DND]

• Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Journal goes yard: "Welcome to Detroit, where the forecast, as always, is muggy, with a chance of murder. When you're trying to breathe a little life back into your year, this is not the place to visit. And not just because they use more white chalk at crime scenes than they ever did in the schools. The Wings are good." According to Leahy, "'Muggy, with a chance of murder' is the R-rated version of 'Cloudy with a chance of meatballs' I believe." [Edmonton Sun]

Bill Guerin(notes) sounds close to retirement, but is keeping the door open a crack to see if anyone's in the market for a 40-something power forward with a great personality. And even then, he'll have to beat out Karl Malone. [ESPN]

Montreal Canadiens trade! "Ryan O'Byrne has been traded to Colorado for Michael Bournival(notes). The deal takes O'B's $941,667 cap hit off the Canadiens' books." [Habs Inside/Out]

• If you enjoyed the head-shot debate, you're going to love the hitting from behind debate. [THN]

Sidney Crosby's(notes) down with being one of the All-Star game captains for the fantasy draft: "It would be a little bit of pressure," he said. "Guys, I'm sure, would all want to be picked. You would have a pretty good pool to pick from, though, so, yeah, it would be fun." [Post Gazette]

• Today's must-read: Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated offers an impassioned dissenting opinion to those who believe the shootout should be minimized or eliminated: "The problem never has been the shootout. The problem is that NHL 2.0 didn't go far enough with them. Only three shooters per side? Big mistake. Often, you hardly find your rhythm as a fan because the shootout is over so quickly." [SI]

• Stick-tap to the Vancouver Canucks, who cancelled their morning skate to instead pay respects on Remembrance Day. [Vancouver Sun]

• Meeting a military hero at a Blue Jackets game. [Dangerous Hockey]

• Deadspin believes New Jersey Devils fans need to gird their loins for a rebuilding year. [Deadspin]

• The New York Rangers' sacrificing the body to block shots gets some love from the Wall Street Journal: "This season, the Rangers have developed into a gang of kamikaze defenders who excel in blocking shots. They have done it 277 times, 26 more than anyone else in the National Hockey League." [WSJ]

• More than 1,400 people packed the RBC Center Wednesday night, hoping for the chance to volunteer during the NHL All-Star weekend in January. Congrats, whoever gets to carry Colin's Wheel of Discipline. [News 14]

• Coach Q on the benching of Chicago Blackhawks Norris Trophy winner Duncan Keith(notes) Wednesday night: "Everybody has stretches when they're on top of their game and they're at their best and some games where you're looking to try to keep yourself in the game and get through it when you can better yourself. ... He can be better." [Tribune]

• Nice piece about the resurgence of the Los Angeles Kings, in which Dustin Brown(notes) becomes the King of Understatement: "Being a Kings fan over the last decade probably hasn't been the most exciting thing." [LA Daily News]

• Nerd-alert: Are shot margins overrated? "So far this season teams being outshot are a combined 112-73-24 while teams who outshoot the opposition in a game are 97-94-18." [Blueland Blog, via Wayne]

• Check out this charity plea from Backyard Hockey, and help any way you can. [Backyard Hockey]

• Chemmy from The Leafs Nation captured this image from Wednesday night's Toronto Maple Leafs game against the Florida Panthers, in which a Leafs fan tossed his or her sweater on the ice in disgust. "It was a powerful image; a Leafs fan who lives in Florida or travelled to Florida on holiday tossed their formerly beloved sweater on the ice to show how awful this team is right now." Pass or Fail: Tossing a jersey in protest? [Leafs Nation]

Minnesota Wild coach Todd Richards said winger Antti Miettinen(notes) should play against Atlanta after passing his concussion test. [Russo's Rants]

• Putting it all in perspective on Remembrance/Veteran's Day: "I tell this story because today is Remembrance Day, and the worst thing that might happen to me today is watching the Canucks lose in Ottawa." [Pass It To Bulis]

• Joe Pelletier offers a great summary of hockey players and NHL alumni involved in wars. [Greatest Hockey Legends]

• Great breakdown of the Alex Ovechkin(notes) vs. Steven Stamkos(notes) matchup ahead of Thursday night's Tampa Bay Lightning visit to the Washington Capitals: "Make no mistake about it: these are the top two goal-scorers in the world right now. As you might have heard, since February 17, 2009, no one has scored more (regular season) goals than Stamkos, who has lit the lamp 80 times (in 123 games). Ovechkin is second with 73 tallies (in 111 games, which is actually a slightly higher rate)." [Japers' Rink]

• Great piece on late Philadelphia Flyers goalie Pelle Lindbergh. [Philly.com]

• Finally, Operatic Soprano Christina Major "hits the ice and attempts a hockey fight." Damn, and for a second we thought this was a Pat Falloon sighting.

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