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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.

    • Is this a new Arizona Coyotes logo? Or just a prototype? [SportsLogos]

    • Is Patrick Roy the Jack Adams frontrunner? [The Hockey News]

    • The Avalanche may be hosting an outdoor game next season at Coors Field. [Denver Post]

    • The Colorado Avalanche have lost P.A. Parenteau for 4-6 weeks with a knee injury. [NHL]

    • Dave Andreychuk gets a statue in Tampa Bay. [Lightning]

    • The Flyers will be unveiling a Fred Shero statue on Saturday. [Flyers]

    • The NHL handled the Rich Peverley situation perfectly. [Bruins Daily]

    • What can the Washington Capitals do to fix their blueline? [Japers Rink]

    • Someone had to pay for last night's collapse at Rogers Arena. It was the concession staff. The Canucks need winning food. "We need hot dogs committed to long-term success. Hot dogs with character. And heart. And grit. Well maybe not grit. Definitely heart, though. But not animal heart. Preferably meat." [PITB]

    • Things people did when the Canucks were up 3-0 versus the Islanders. [The Province]

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  • Jordan Nolan suspended one measly game after sucker-punching Oilers’ Joensuu

    The NHL is out to end head shots, but they're still willing to condone the occasional punch to the head. That's not a headshot. I mean, sure, it's a shot directly to the head, but it's different.

    And still, they draw the line at sneaky punches. NO SNEAKY PUNCHES.

    It would appear that Jordan Nolan forgot about this distinction, unfortunately, so he's been handed a gentle reminder in the form of a one-game suspension for this cheap and despicable sucker-punch on Jesse Joensuu of the Edmonton Oilers.

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    "It is perfectly reasonable for Joensuu to expect that he will not be punched in this situation."

    Story of my life.

    This might be the rare instance where the Department of Player Safety's video does more damage than good. Rather than explaining things, it just serves to confuse. As we see what Nolan did from multiple angles, it seems pretty clear that this calls for more than a brief one-game grounding, so when Patrick Burke explains, at the end, that this is all Nolan is getting, it's a

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  • Hockey Night in Canada ‘dream team’ opts for youth over diversity

    For a while there, the rumour was that George Stroumboulopoulos would be replacing Ron Maclean as the cohost on Canadian institution, Coach's Corner.

    That would have been incredible. Contrasting Don Cherry's loud suits with Strombo's fashionable, edgy look would have made it as much about fashion as hockey. And watching Cherry try to pronounce "Stroumboulopoulos" when he can't handle "Bieksa" would have been a treat.

    But alas. On Monday, Rogers did not announce a change to the Coach's Corner format. That will remain the same. They did, however, roll out a new hockey "dream team" of NHL coverage anchors, featuring Cherry, Maclean, Darren Millard, and Jeff Marek, anchored by the aforementioned Stroumboulopoulos. From Rogers:

    The team will deliver more than 500 regular season games across 13 networks and 7 platforms, including up to 7 games every Saturday night, plus “Hometown Hockey” every Sunday hosted from communities across Canada, and every game of the NHL Playoffs and Stanley Cup

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  • After owner folds Australian pro hockey team, stranded players form their own

    Established in 1981, the Canberra Knights were the oldest team in the eight-team Australian Ice Hockey League, and one of the league's last two original teams alongside the Sydney Bears. But on Wednesday, February 26, just six weeks before the start of the AIHL season on April 12, Knights owner John Raut announced the team was finished, effective immediately.

    He cited losses in the tens of thousands, as well as pessimistic concerns that they'd get "smashed again like we did last year" -- they lost many games by double digits, and he expressed -- as the reasons for the fold.

    It was sudden and unexpected. Despite practicing the night before, many of the Knights players learned their fate at the same time as the public, via a Facebook posting.

    But the players refused to accept their fate. And neither did the fans in the Australian capital, a loyal group that sold out the Phillip Ice Skating Centre where the Knights played on most nights during the season, despite the team's poor record. Maybe a cynical Raut was willing to let the Knights go gently (and suspiciously, as many felt his numbers didn't add up), but he was the only one.

    The next morning, a group of players, led by Knights captain Mark Rummukainen and assistant captain Jordie Gavin, alongside Knights fans, launched a bid to save the team by running it themselves.

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  • The Rangers celebrate the slaying of Anton Khudobin.

    No. 1 Star: Roberto Luongo, Florida Panthers

    What a debut for Funny Bob, who stopped all 25 saves he faced to give the Florida crowd something they hadn't seen in two years: a shutout. The Panthers skated to a 2-0 win on goals from Jesse Winchester and Dmitry Kulikov.

    No. 2 Star: Johan Franzen, Detroit Red Wings

    Franzen led the way for the Wings in a 7-4 rout of the New Jersey Devils, with 2 goals and 2 assists. The Wings had to like what they saw out of their new-look line of Franzen, Gustav Nyquist, and David Legwand. Nyquist had a goal and three assist, and Legwand had 1 and 2. Here's Legwand's first as a Wing:

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  • Zack Kassian gets three-game vacation from Canucks after boarding Stars’ Dillon

    It's hardly much of a punishment, being banned from playing for the Vancouver Canucks right now, but it's all the Department of Player Safety's really got, and it's definitely what Zack Kassian deserved for his boarding of Brendan Dillon in the second period of Thursday's content between the Canucks and the Stars.

    For this act of boneheaded malfeasance from a repeat bonehead Kassian has been banned three games.

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    Shanahan, explaining the obvious:

    "It's important to note that what raises this minor penalty to a suspension is that, not only does Kassian see Dilon's number for quite some time, but he boards Dillon with significant force."

    "And while it's true that Dillon both stops and turns his back during this play, he does both of these actions well before this forceful check from behind. Kassian has enough time to avoid this check entirely, or at the very least minimize this force."

    Honestly, Kassian got off light, probably because Dillon came back to the game. As a repeat offender --

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  • Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Luongo debuts in Florida; Penguins vs. Ducks

    Here is the Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Spotlighting five things to watch for during tonight's slate of games. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished.

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    Preview: New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes, 7 p.m. ET

    Preview: New Jersey Devils at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. ET

    Preview: Buffalo Sabres at Florida Panthers, 7:30 p.m. ET

    Preview: New York Islanders at Calgary Flames, 9 p.m. ET

    Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins at Anaheim Ducks, 10 p.m. ET

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    Five things to know about tonight's NHL games ...

    1) Prodigal Lu. Roberto Luongo starts for the Panthers, something we haven't said since late 2006. It's about the only reason to watch Florida and Buffalo, two of the league's worst teams, at this point in the season.

    2) Pittsburgh and Anaheim. It's a battle of division leaders -- and members of the bird family

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  • Shannon Szabados, women's hockey star, signs with U.S. men's pro team

    Shannon Szabados won her second consecutive gold medal as the goaltender for the Canadian women's Olympic hockey team in Sochi.

    Her next challenge? Backstopping a professional men's hockey team.

    Szabados took to Twitter to make the announcement herself:

    Well here goes nothing Heading to the @SPHL to join the @Cottonmouths for the remainder of their season See you on the 12th guys! #snakes — Shannon Szabados (@ShannonSzabados) March 7, 2014

    The 27-year-old Edmonton native has signed a contract with Southern Professional Hockey League's Columbus Cottonmouths. From the Cottonmouths:

    The Edmonton, AB, Canada native is a former teammate of current Snake’s players Jordan Draper, Andy Willigar and Captain Kyle Johnson at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference. Szabados’ signing will make her the first female to play hockey in the Southern Professional Hockey League since its inception ten years ago.
    “I am very excited to get a world class athlete
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  • Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Stamkos returns; deadline acquisitions debut everywhere

    Here is the Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Spotlighting five things to watch for during tonight's slate of games. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished.

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    Preview: Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins, 7 p.m. ET

    Preview: Los Angeles Kings at Winnipeg Jets, 7 p.m. ET

    Preview: Buffalo Sabres at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m. ET

    Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets at Chicago Blackhawks, 8 p.m. ET

    Preview: Colorado Avalanche at Detroit Red Wings, 8 p.m. ET

    Preview: St. Louis Blues at Nashville Predators, 8 p.m. ET

    Preview: Vancouver Canucks at Dallas Stars, 8:30 p.m. ET

    Preview: Montreal Canadiens at Phoenix Coyotes, 9 p.m. ET

    Preview: New York Islanders at Edmonton Oilers, 9:30 p.m. ET

    Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins at San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m. ET

    • • • • •

    Five things to know about tonight's NHL games

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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.

    • It's David Legwand in a Red Wings jersey! Considering he's never worn anything beyond the Predators' sweater, this is really weird.

    • The salary cap had been projected to rise to $71 million. But it won't, according to Dean Lombardi. "Lombardi said he was told the salary cap, initially projected to rise to about $71 million next season, will be significantly lower because of the recent weakness of the Canadian dollar." [LA Times]

    • Scott Burnside's trade deadline winners and losers. [ESPN]

    • Who won the trade deadline? I'm saying the Montreal Canadiens, who proved it's never a bad idea to just dial Garth Snow. Ninth caller through gets a superstar for free. [Sporting News]

    • Despite being traded straight-up for him, Ryan Callahan knows he's not a replacement for Martin St Louis. Again, despite being exactly that. But he's not. [Tampa Bay Tribune]

    • Callahan and St. Louis both look like spoiled brats after Wednesday's trade, says Steve Simmons. [Toronto Sun]

    • Roberto Luongo on returning to Florida: "It feels good to be wanted from an organization." [Panther Parkway]

    • Among those duped by fake Bob McKenzie on trade deadline day: Eddie Lack, who actually went so far as to tell Ryan Kesler he'd been traded to the Penguins before realizing the error. [Vancouver Sun]

    • Does Zdeno Chara hate Andrej Meszaros or something? Because he really, really did not want to talk about the Bruins' new defenceman. [WEEI]

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