Puck Headlines: Penguins, Stars talk trade; Koivu, Hamhuis updates
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.
• Matthew Morrison of "Glee" and geek-for-pay pinup Olivia Munn attended the Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers game at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. Here, Munn gallantly tries to protect the crowd from an impromptu Journey cover during the second period. [Getty]
• Darren Dreger sent hearts aflutter this morning with this report: "It’s believed the Pens are willing to move defenceman Alex Goligoski for the right forward, and a trade involving Stars winger James Neal has been discussed." [TSN]
• Defending Big D on the rumor: "Goligoski is known as a much better player when his own team has the puck and can be a whipping boy for Pens fans at times. Is that all James Neal can net GM Joe should he choose to move him?" [DBD]
• Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette confirms talks between the Stars and Penguins, while adding this nugget: "The Penguins do plan to make a serious attempt to acquire right winger Alex Kovalev from Ottawa." Wonder what Martin Straka’s doing these days … [Gazette]
• No Mike Green in the big Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins showdown this evening. Coach Bruce Boudreau says the team is taking it easy with Green with three days off after tonight’s game. Doctors say he’ll be back on his Vespa in no time. [Capitals Insider]
• Via Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports that Mikko Koivu saw a hand specialist this morning and will not undergo surgery on broken finger. "As I reported today, I’ve heard three to four weeks without surgery. But it’ll be up to his pain threshhold and ability to grip a stick. But good news, relative to how bad the situation could have been." [Russo's Rants]
• Montreal Gazette poll finds that older hockey fans support a fighting ban in the NHL, while fans 18-34 oppose it. So would the NHL side with the people buying the tickets or the ones advertisers actually care about? [Gazette]
• Shawn Thornton of the Boston Bruins said there was tension around the team last week: "The media obviously reports it. I think it gets worse these days, with -I’m not bad-mouthing anybody, but - countless blogs and stuff that nobody really has to [be accountable]. You can just throw stuff against the wall and hope it sticks. There’s a lot of names being thrown around nowadays. I think everybody’s hoping that they get one right. So, yeah, there’s a little bit of tension. I think the best thing to do is not try to pay too much attention to it." [WEEI]
• Razor tells all after the Stars’ latest Canadian road trip: "The Totalitarian of the Tape Room, John Sponsler had a truly amusing observation regarding the ‘Saddledome’ in Cowtown. He sees it more as a stack of Pringles than a saddle and I concur. No horn, no western saddle. Razor don’t play no English riding saddle. So, ‘Welcome to the Pengrowth Pringledome?’" [Razor With An Edge]
• Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul made a joke on Twitter last night that’s been told by everyone from grade school kids to "SNL" alumni for the last 25 years. Of course the was a backlash from humorless morons. Of course he deleted it.
• Calling for that Tampa Bay Lightning ice crew worker who twirled the octopus to get the hook: "I can not even begin to imagine what went through Mr. Vinik’s mind or Mr. Leiweke’s mind as they saw something as low class as this take place in real time. Not to mention this was a highly anticipated game that probably got more viewers then a normal game, embarrassment on a more national scale." [ESPN Tampa Bay, via Kevin Cox]
• A really cool look from the NY Times at how player participation is growing around the U.S., via USA Hockey’s figures. So when do we expand to Kentucky? [NYT, via Jason B.]
• The top 10 players that could move at the trade deadline, via Jim Matheson, including: "On a hot streak, with nine points in his last five games. He’d look great with the Los Angeles Kings or the Columbus Blue Jackets. He would cost the Oilers a first-round pick, at least a third and a very good prospect – unless centre Brayden Schenn was in the picture and that’s doubtful. Defenceman Colten Teubert is probably in play, however." [Journal]
• Scotty Wazz, who introduced me to the joys of Albertan beef over the weekend, does the Q&A thing with the Goal Line Report. [GLR]