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.
Getty Images• Mike Fisher can't tour with Carrie Underwood because he'd get fat. [Winnipeg Free Press]
• Bettman, Fehr back at the bargaining table. Sigh. [CBC]
• But so might the mediators. Yea! [KK]
• Sidney Crosby "does not plan a return to Pittsburgh before the weekend so long as talks with the league continue. He shares the opinion of franchise ownership and executives that owners and players must make significant progress toward a new labor contract if the NHL season is to be saved." [Tribune Review]
• On the "Sid will save the NHL" idea: "The idea that any one person is responsible for a CBA being signed is short-sighted and wrong. The process is ongoing, and it's going to take contributions and engagement from 29 owners and 700+ players. That's the only way this deal gets done and we get our NHL back." [Winging It]
• Hockey fans haven't had it good lately. Well, how does a green light to sue the NHL for antitrust violations look under our holiday trees? "A federal judge on Wednesday allowed sports fans to pursue a lawsuit accusing Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and various networks of antitrust violations in how they package games for broadcast on television or the Internet." [LA Daily News]
• John Shannon of Sportsnet on the negotiations: "And the other side -- was Don Fehr's role now diminished? Were the owners' early stories about Fehr not telling the truth or giving the players the complete information accurate or just a smoke screen by the league, who had difficulty reading the poker face of Marvin Miller's protege? When Wednesday morning arrived, you had to know that the positive vibe would be tainted even just a little bit by the NHLPA. Momentum had shifted to the owners' side, and there was no way Fehr was going to allow his players to fall for any Group of Six trap." [Sportsnet]
• Lockout haiku. [That's What She Haikued]
• Did Ryan Miller get nutty and start yelling at Jeremy Jacobs in the most recent meeting? "Really? I don't have any recollection of that or why [Jacobs'] opinion would be that." [CBC Sports]
• Five For Howling offers the Phoenix Coyotes' fan response to Lambert's anti-Glendale screed. "Everyone's favorite twitter troll Ryan Lambert (aka @twolinepass) is at it again, this time with a grossly inaccurate piece on the current state of the Coyotes sale. Join us as we pick apart this laughably inaccurate article." [Five For Howling]
• Brian Burke on the lockout talks: "The fact that they changed and shuffled the deck a little bit and appeared to have gotten some traction, I think everyone is hopeful it will continue." [Sportsnet]
• Scott Burnside of ESPN.com on the negotiations: "A negotiation like this is like a train. There are a lot of personalities involved, a lot of constituents to take into account. As such, it takes a lot to get both sides going in the right direction. Conversely, when things go sideways, as they threatened to Wednesday night with both sides believing the other side was not serious about taking the final step toward a deal, it takes a lot to stop it." [ESPN.com]
• Watch Vancouver Canucks players Kevin Bieksa, Ryan Kesler and Jason Garrison invited fans to an impromptu road hockey game. [Sun]
• "Police in Anne Arundel County are asking for your help to find a man who wore a hockey mask to burglarize a tobacco store." It's a Bernie Parent style mask; hence, holes to hold cigarettes. [ABC 2]
• Finally, we know you're sick of Gangnam Style. So here's the new rule: Only 12-year-old girls hockey players are allowed to do it, m'kay?