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.
• The Dallas Stars won't be the only ones revealing new jerseys on June 4. That same day the Carolina Hurricanes will unveil their new home and road looks. Their logo and colors will remain the same. [Hurricanes]
• Meanwhile, the Texas Stars showed off their new jerseys on Thursday. Could these be a hint as to what the Dallas Stars' new look will be? In a word, no. [Stars Inside Edge]
• As the Boston Bruins go for the sweep tonight, it appears as if they'll ice the same lineup from Game 3, meaning Dennis Seidenberg and Wade Redden will be spectators. Redden and Brad Richards in a press box together? Glen Sather must be proud. [CSNNE]
• Remember Brian Boyle's giant family from 24/7? Well, residing from outside Boston, their custom-made t-shirts reveal who they're supporting in the series: “Bruins? Rangers? We’re rooting for Boyle.” [Boston Globe]
• Jimmy Howard on how his nap went during Wednesday's full day off for the Detroit Red Wings: “It was great. I think I had a little dream, too, so it was a bonus.” [Free Press]
• San Jose Sharks forward T.J. Galiardi on Jonathan Quick: "What kind of bugs me about him, I don't know if I should say it, but a little embellishment every now and then. You skate by and you don't even touch him or you barely even touch him and he's throwing his hands in the air. So that's one of those things." [Mercury News]
• Vezina Trophy finalist and Columbus Blue Jackets netminder Sergei Bobrovsky is set to be a restricted free agent this summer. At the moment, there has been no progress in contract talks between both sides. What is he worth? And how soon until Paul Holmgren throws him an offer sheet to get him back? [Columbus Dispatch]
• Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis on the firing on Alain Vigneault: “We've lost consecutive games in the last two playoff years and there comes a point in time where the message has to change and we have to be better. We didn't get the results we expected and, in this business, you have to get results.” [Vancouver Sun]
• Bourne on the feeling inside a locker room after elimination. [Backhand Shelf]
• How Phil Housley's hiring as an assistant coach for the Nashville Predators could be beneficial for Ryan Ellis. [Smashville 24/7]
• Somehow, this high hit by Dalton Thrower during the Memorial Cup went unpenalized Wednesday night. [Buzzing the Net]
• But there is a chance Thrower gets punished. From Sunaya Sapurji: "The Canadian Hockey League uses the NHL’s hockey operations department – which is off-site -- as both a review and disciplinary body. Despite the fact that no penalty was assessed to Thrower for the hit, the NHL group can review any incident that results in an injury." [Y!]
UPDATE: Thrower has been suspended for the rest of the tournament.
• He wasn't nominated, but here's the case for Garth Snow as General Manager of the Year. [Lighthouse Hockey]
• Should Ryan Miller move on from the Buffalo Sabres, Jhonas Enroth is more than capable of replacing him full-time. [Rant Sports]
• The Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers will play a preseason game in Oklahoma City on September 27. [News OK]
• The "Huge Specimen" Hugh Jessiman has signed with the KHL's newest team, Medvescak Zagreb. [KHL]
• Don't expect NHL 14 on the new XBOX One when it debuts later this year. [IGN]
• Finally, via Reddit, here's a mock ESPN 30 for 30 trailer on the legendary Gordon Bombay:
There are certain inalienable truths in hockey. Ice is cold. Skates are sharp. And Pavel Datsyuk is a [expletive] magician.
Via TSN’s SportsCentre, these were deemed the Top 10 Pavel Datsyuk goals of all-time, which is a bit like trying to narrow down the 10 best entrees ever served by Thomas Keller.
A few thoughts:
• Datsyuk owns the Nashville Predators. Just owns’em.
• We like to pretend that Datsyuk’s “change-up” goal in the shootout against Antti Niemi and the Chicago Blackhawks was a subversive satire about the shootout.
• We’re not sure what's more embarrassing for the goaltender on No. 1: that he got completely bamboozled, or that it happened in a Mooterus jersey.
• We’re sure that this video was in no way a response to Glenn Healy’s claim that Datsyuk doesn’t have “god-blessed talent” on rival CBC. Nope. No way.
That was spooky, huh? Just the other day, he was telling us the Senators weren't coming back, and he was right! He's just like old what's-his-name. So the Penguins advance, and will wait to see if Boston can finish off New York tonight.
Another day, another draft pick signing his Entry Level Contract with the Nashville Predators, as this time we have a Finnish defensemen joining the ranks in Mikko Vainonen.
If Detroit advances, it's the biggest upset of the playoffs, right? I mean, they barely made it in, so a trip to the Western Conference Finals would be pretty unexpected.
As always, it will be interesting to see how well phenomenal success at the junior hockey level translates to the pro game.
It was a game for a period, but after that, the Ottawa Senators were about as useless as Senator (insert name of actual senator you don't like). And they're about to be "voted out" of the office known as the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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