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.
• Via reader Bryce Rankin, an NHL desk calendar fail of the highest order. "I got the 2012 nhl desk calendar. Notice the fact and the logo in bottom right corner. Weak NHL."
• Ken Campbell would like to provide needles for your party balloons: He claims that Sam Gagner was given an assist he didn't deserve in his eight-point performance for the Edmonton Oilers: "Go ahead, accuse us of being nitpickers and killjoys here, but this was a franchise record-tying event we're talking about. Of course, the official scorer had no way of knowing things would turn out the way they did when the third goal was scored, but when you watch the replay there's still no excuse for awarding Gagner an assist." Next up, Cal Clutterbuck's hits record! [THN]
• The NHL somehow decides that fraud Gagner is player of the week, ahead of Kovalchuk and Reimer. [NHL]
• Sidney Crosby is still experiencing concussion-like symptoms but is informal practicing with the Pittsburgh Penguins. "I don't have a timeframe, I wish I did but I don't. The good news is that there is some progression, with this stuff that's always what you're looking for." [Pens]
• Anaheim Ducks defenseman Luca Sbisa crashed into a curb with his bike as he was using a cell phone, resulting some minor facial injuries. Jonas Hiller with the quote of the day: "His bicycle's alright. It was protected well because of the face." [Ducks Blog]
• Mark Spector looks at the Detroit Red Wings' life after Lidstrom. Isn't that where they use their ginormous cap space to sign Suter or Weber or Suter and Weber? [Sportsnet]
• Ray Emery's getting his shot in Chicago. More on that in a bit. [Between The Circles]
• Update on Lindy Ruff: "The 51-year-old is expected to be heading to Buffalo General Hospital for X-rays and team spokesman Chris Bandura said the club would update his status later today." The Buffalo News also has video of the aftermath. [Sabres Edge]
• Why not play an 11 a.m. EST game on Super Bowl Sunday? [Puck The Media]
• Jeremy Roenick is entering the Phoenix Coyotes Ring of Honor, which features Winnipeg Jets players, but the Winnipeg Jets will likely have their own Ring of Honor that may have Atlanta Thrashers players who never played for the Phoenix … we're exhausted. [Coyotes]
• Since he arrived with the Washington Capitals, no player has skated in more games in a Caps sweater than Laich (526). Which is why fans are on needles and pins regarding his injured left leg. [Dump 'N Chase]
• Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow is expected to miss at least the next three games with a bum neck and shoulder, as the spit and electrical tape holding him together these days is reapplied. [ESPN Dallas]
• Evander Kane is a game-time decision for the Winnipeg Jets against the Leafs. [QMI]
• Tom Gilbert is back tonight for the Oilers, for the first time since Jan. 2 and that season-ending Dan Carcillo hit. For Carcillo. [QMI]
• Really cool new toy from Paul Kelly's College Hockey Inc.: The College Connections player finder that tells you a bunch of info about every player with NCAA ties on each team. Did you guys even know that Kevin Westgarth was a classmate of Darroll Powe?!? [College Hockey Inc.]
• Colorado Avalanche forward Chuck Kobasew has been fined US$2,500 for his "trip" (NHL's words) on Vancouver Canucks defenceman Dan Hamhuis in Saturday's game. [NHL]
• Bit of a waiver surprise here: Anthony Stewart was waived by the Carolina Hurricanes, along with Zach Hamill of the Bruins and Andrew Murray of the Sharks. [Cult of Hockey]
• More on Zach Hamill on waivers. [Bruins Blog]
• Coolness: 30-minute interview with Jay Baruchel about "Goon." [Habs Eyes on the Prize]
• The Minnesota Wild announced the Nate Prosser deal this morning. The rookie defenseman gets a two-year, one-way deal worth $1.65 million. That's an $825,000 salary cap hit starting next year. [Star Tribune]
• Finally, a cool feature from the Washington Capitals: Best buds Karl Alzner and John Carlson film their lives as roommates on the road, including hotel room rituals.
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