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Visnovsky forced to go; Luongo forced to stay; CBA negotiations continue (Puck Headlines)

Awkward

• Roberto Luongo, still a Canuck, awkwardly returns to Vancouver for a charity golf tournament. "I'm still playing in the NHL," he said to reporters. "I'm still playing with a bunch of guys I love and respect. There's no reason for me to be frustrated." [Vancouver Sun]

• Michael Grange snuffs out any optimism over today's talks leading to a resolution. "One source close to the bargaining process painted the purpose of today's meeting this way: 'If you're going off a cliff with someone, you want to take one last chance to make sure you understand each other.'" [Sportsnet]

• Bruce Arthur, on why the 260-strong contingent of NHLers at Wednesday's meetings is probably a bad sign. [Ottawa Citizen]

• Good stuff from Brandon Worley on CBA negotions and the prisoner's dilemma. [Defending Big D]

• Remember those crazy brawls in the Finnish league last week? They've drawn stiff discipline. Semi Ben-Amor was given a five-game suspension, while Ilari Melart received a two-game suspension and five other players saw one-game suspensions. Additionally, the police announced it would investigate Ben-Amor's attack on Ville Peltonen as an assault. [IIHF]

• The Washington Capitals have re-signed Troy Brouwer to a three-year, $11 million contract extension. [Capitals]

• The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed goaltender Ben Scrivens to a two-year contract extension. [The Globe & Mail]

• B.D. Gallof dispels all the "hot fiction" surrounding the Islanders' arena deal, which is crazy, since hot fiction is really popular right now. [CBS Local]

• Speaking of how nobody wants to go to Nassau Coliseum, Lubomir Visnovsky's trade from the Anaheim Ducks to the New York Islanders -- which he was attempting to veto on claims his NTC was still in effect -- has been deemed valid. [Darren Dreger]

• Mats Sundin has been hired as an advisor to Team Sweden. On his first day, he told everyone to make sure the centers have wingers to play with, then looked wistfully out the window. [Sportsnet]

• Wherein People Magazine names the Edmonton Oilers the ugliest franchise in professional sports. It's the drafting of Tilda Swinton that really put them over the top. [NHL Troll]

• With the prospect of, say, a 50-game season looming, here's a look at how teams have fared through the first 50 games since the lockout. [On Goal Analysis]

• "I want to be a leader even at the age of 20, getting situated with the boys, learning everybody, and knowing everyone in the organization," said Tyler Seguin. "I feel I can step in the leadership role." Gabriel Landeskog: A leader even at 20, huh? That would be something. [Mass Live]

• Ron Francis joins a group of five to become co-owners in the Carolina Hurricanes franchise. [Canes Country]

• A junior hockey coach reminds us all that you aren't going to win games unless you can put the cat in the hat. [Backhand Shelf]

• And finally, here's the latest, creative commercial for the Lahti Pelicans hockey team featuring a granny that will not be pushed around along the boards.

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