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.
Penguins• Nail Yakupov not only wears the greatest polo shirt in the history of NHL Draftees, but pops his collar. [Penguins]
• Josh Yohe of the Tribune-Review with a big scoop: Paul Martin of the Pittsburgh Penguins “told me that he played the first three games against the Flyers with concussion-like symptoms,” and that “Martin said nothing to trainers until after Game 3. At that point, he was shut down for the rest of the series.” Of all the teams to do that with a concussion … [@JoshYohe_Trib]
• Bruce Boudreau is still a Capitals fan. [Capitals Insider]
• HUZZAH! “The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League is abolishing the shootout in favour of an additional 3-on-3 overtime period.” [North Bay Nugget]
• Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke is either posturing or delusional: “If we can upgrade at the goaltending position, and at a reasonable price, we’ll do it. But we are prepared [to go with Reimer-Scrivens]. I believe in James Reimer. He’s young, he’s athletic, I believe in this kid. If we have to start like that, we will.” [ESPN]
• The Best and Worst of Brian Burke continues on Pension Plan. [PPP]
• This story about hockey players snarking about LeBron James’s leg cramps in Game 4 is pretty much the funniest thing you’ll read today. Scott Valentine of the Milwaukee Admirals: “If Lebron somehow manages to pull off winning a ring after fighting through a thigh cramp, it will be a story I tell my children’s children.” [CBS Boston]
• RIP, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. [Litter Box Cats]
• Keith Acton and Craig Hartsburg were added to the Columbus Blue Jackets coaching staff, which is pretty impressive. [Blue Jackets]
• The Montreal Canadiens add Donald Dufresne as assistant coach and Vincent Riendeau as goaltending consultant with the Hamilton Bulldogs, while hiring Ethan Moreau as a Western Conference scout. [Gazette]
• Interesting stuff here about the NHL helping out CBC in its attempt to retain the Hockey Night in Canada rights: By not allowing Rogers and Bell to bid together for them. [Malik]
• Why it would be a “travesty” if Erik Karlsson didn’t win the Norris. [Senshot]
• NHL executive vp content Charles Coplin told The Hollywood Reporter: “Because the Kings were such a great part of the story, organically the team is going to be a big part of what we’re doing [with the broadcast]. There are so many connections among celebrities and the Kings that I think this year it’s kind of unique. Those worlds really come together in a nice way.” [THR]
• Finally, a cool Daniel Alfredsson video from The Score with a Batman hook.