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Patrick Kane’s drunken weekend; Jaromir Jagr’s future with Flyers; conference final times (Puck Headlines)

Greg Wyshynski
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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.

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• Deadspin has pieced together the drunken weekend of Patrick Kane in Madison, Wis., including anonymous tales of choking a girl and getting involved with the police because there was almost a fight sparked by Kane's alleged anti-Semitic comments. Meanwhile, Jonathan Toews read a book. [Deadspin]

• Jaromir Jagr done with the Philadelphia Flyers? "Jaromir Jagr was given several chances to say he wanted to return to the Flyers. He did not bite. It appears he will test the FA market." [Broad Street Bull]

• In hindsight, how did Paul Holmgren actually do as Philadelphia Flyers GM? [TPSH]

• The conference final times are set for Games 1 and 2: "The Western Conference Final opens Sunday, May 13 in Glendale, Arizona, where the Phoenix Coyotes will host the Los Angeles Kings at Arena (8 p.m., ET, NBC Sports Network, TSN, RDS). Game 2 of the series will be played in Glendale on Tuesday, May 15, beginning at 9 p.m., ET.  Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference Final will be played on Monday, May 14 and Wednesday, May 16, respectively, and pit the New Jersey Devils against the winner of the Conference Semifinal series between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals. That series currently is deadlocked at 3-3, with Game 7 set for Saturday night in New York (7:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, CBC, RDS)." [NHL]

• Among the owners in Tom Stillman's group for the St. Louis Blues: John Danforth, former U.S. Senators, and Thomas Schiafly, the founder of the St. Louis Brewery. [Blues]

• John Fontana on the NHL vs. the NHLPA: "With posturing in the media by the Commissioner and a lack of tangible movement on the labor front, the noxious bane's potency becomes more lethal, and an interruption to the 2012-13 NHL season becomes more possible." [Raw Charge]

• What's the off-the-ice impact of the Nashville Predators' playoff disappointment? [Tennessean]

• Injured defensemen Marek Zidlicky and Anton Volchenkov are expected to be ready by Game 1 of the conference final for the Devils. [Fire & Ice]

• Marty Brodeur on getting taunted with "Matteau! Matteau!" at MSG: "It stopped not long ago," Brodeur said Thursday. "Same guy. Same spot. He would yell it at me over and over at the Garden. Since '94 they've been living off it for a long time, some of these fans. They have a great hockey club now. I expect if we do play them it will be somewhat similar." [NJ]

• Brooks Laich puts over Dale Hunter yet again: "I can't [say] enough. He's been great," Laich continued. "It's almost like having another veteran in the locker room, is what it feels like. You can draw on his experience [and] he's willing to open up and share it. He's been through these battles." [WaPo]

• Tom Benjamin on the Vancouver Canucks offseason: "Kudos to Frances Aquilini for doing the obviously right thing. It looks like more of the same from the Canucks next year. Some fans won't like that because they judge the year and the team based on a short series. I'm delighted because I think the way to win is to a) become a contender and stay in contention, b) wait until the hockey gods decide to let randomness favour the Canucks for a change." [Canucks Corner]

• The Dallas Stars make their reunion with Bob Gainey official. [Dallas Stars Blog]

• Clayton Stoner signs a new two-year deal with the Minnesota Wild. Wonder how he'll celebrate? [FS North]

• How did the New Jersey Devils manage to get into the Eastern Conference Final? [ILWT]

• In praise of Scott Niedermayer. [Too Many Men On The Site]

• Bob Miller on the Los Angeles Kings vs. the Phoenix Coyotes: "To me, the series against Phoenix pits two teams peaking at the right time with great goaltending, outstanding defense and every player increasing his level of play. The teams were even during the regular season with each team winning three games, although the Kings lost two of those in the extra session, one in OT and the other in a shootout. Three shutouts took place between the teams in the regular season with the Kings winning 1-0 and 2-0 behind Jonathon Quick and Phoenix winning 1-0 behind Mike Smith." [LA Kings]

• Jonathan Quick is apparently "enigmatic." We had no idea he was Russian. []

• We love sports synergy when hockey teams make a Cup run. Here are members of the Phoenix Coyotes with the Arizona Diamondbacks at batting practice. [MLB]

• Thank you all for continuing to make this blog and Yahoo! Sports a success. [SBJ]

• Finally, here's a cooking segment with Bobby Ryan. What, no Taylor Ham, Jersey?

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