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.
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) December 27, 2013
• Don’t ask Gene Simmons unresearched questions.
• A day in the life of ice guru Dan Craig. Hint: it involves ice. [Yahoo]
• The Wild will begin the post-Christmas portion of their schedule without Zach Parise, who has a lower-body injury believed to be in the lower lower-body — his foot. [Star Tribune]
• So you’re going to the Winter Classic. Will your seats suck? [Winging it in Motown]
• Will the keepsake you buy? It will if it’s counterfeit. The NHL doesn’t want that for you. Again, the NHL is on the lookout for counterfeit merchandise for your benefit. [Canoe]
• The Rangers are shopping Michael Del Zotto. Glen Sather is looking for a top-four defenseman, which seems unlikely since why would any team trading for Del Zotto give the Rangers exactly what they’re hoping Del Zotto can become? [NY Post]
• A great look at shooting in the NHL, with assistance from A Christmas Story. [Jackets Cannon]
• What caused the mysterious dent in the Stanley Cup in 1999? An anonymous source says Guy Carbonneau threw it out a window. [Hooked on Hockey]
• The Ducks/Kings Stadium series is 80% sold out. The $249 tickets have not sold well. [LA Kings Insider]
• Chatting with Don Renzulli, the NHL’s executive vice president of events and the man responsible for bringing hockey back outdoors, about the league’s new strategy. [TIME]
• Could Jeff Skinner make Team Canada? [Cardiac Cane]
• Ray Whitney is an NHL veteran, and it shows in his diplomatic response to the question of Dustin Brown’s dirtiness: “I don’t know. I know he hits hard. I wouldn’t say he’s overly dirty. He finishes his checks. To be honest with you, I don’t go around looking to see who’s a dirty player. I don’t really put much thought or stock into it. If he hasn’t been suspended a whole lot, I suppose he’s not a dirty player. I think that pretty much sums it up.” [Mayors Manor]
• The Boston Bruins’ “Merlot Line”, a.k.a. their fourth line, is struggling without Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton, which makes sense, since that’s two-thirds of the line. [Bruins Daily]
• Rather than following in his dad’s footsteps, Dylan Playfair, son of Jim Playfair, opted to become an actor. [AZ Central]
• Zubrus, Zajac, Zidlicky: how are they performing as fantasy players? [Dobber Hockey]
• Tomas Hertl won’t be available for the Czech team in Sochi. [CSN Bay Area]
• Jonathan Ericsson is out 3-5 weeks with fractured ribs, which he suffered on a hit with Matt Martin. If I’m Matt Martin, I’m telling everybody. Don’t hit me. You know what happened to the last guy? [Freep]
• The NHL’s New Year’s resolution should be fixing the NHL Network. [Awful Announcing]
• Anthony Mantha is bringing his scoring prowess to the World Juniors. [Yahoo]
• Finally, Filip Forsberg is in Sweden for the World Juniors. He scores a pretty incredible goal at 2:39 of this highlight package.
Source: Yahoo Sports Blog