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.
• Big Dmitry interview coming up around 1 p.m. EST. Please do check it out.
• It's finally here: The Philadelphia Flyers' Scott Hartnell Night, in which the first 5,000 fans, and everyone 14-and-under, will receive Scott Hartnell wigs. You know who we feel bad for? The kid who gets his wig ripped off in the men's room by adult Flyers fan No. 5,001. Hartnell hasn't had a haircut in 18 months. This story curiously doesn't mention anything about "washing." [Philly.com]
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• From ESPN's Pierre LeBrun: "The Flyers may not have the superstar stud up front like Alex Ovechkin or Evgeni Malkin, but, collectively, their top eight is tough to beat in the East." Please allow us to spark the debate over whether or not Mike Richards, he of the 74 points and the universal praise around the league, qualifies as a star. [ESPN]
• Meanwhile, reality is setting in for the Florida Panthers and their playoff drive, via George Richards: "These guys are fried. They can still turn things around, still get up into eighth place and make the playoffs. But not playing like this. As Dennis Green once said, 'they are who we thought they were.' It's November all over again. And that's not good." Yuck. [On Frozen Pond]
• Very interesting follow-up from John Glennon on the potential rematch between Jordin Tootoo of the Nashville Predators and Brad Staubitz of the San Jose Sharks: "Staubitz - in mixed martial-arts fashion - used his padded elbow to hammer Tootoo several times, bloodying Tootoo's face and forcing Tootoo to miss a large chunk of the game while getting medical attention. Neither Tootoo, Predators General Manager David Poile nor league executives had ever seen such a tactic used. There's no specific rule that addresses it - or forbids it." The fight, in case you missed it, is below. [Tennessean]
• Dallas Stars owner Tom Hicks confirms that he's willing to sell up to 49 percent of the team because of the recession. Which means he's once again ignored our suggestion for raising money by renting Steve Ott out as a clown for children's parties. [Defending Big D]
• CHOPS BEAT HOGS! CHOPS BEAT HOGS! CHOPS BEAT HOGS! [Our Sports Central]
• Finally, this was a fun fight last night between John Scott of the Minnesota Wild and Joel Rechlicz of the New York Islanders, featuring a helmet necklace, hair pulling and some massive punches landed by both fighters. Good show, but Hockey Fights gives Scott the win.