Calgary mayor downplays arena plans; Hall, McDavid chemistry; Laich gettin’ hitched (Puck Headlines)


• Our buddies at Japers’ Rink attempt to make sense of this odd photo with Alex Ovechkin: “We’ve decided that this pic looks strikingly like The Last Supper, complete with Red Jesus in the middle.” Add in Putin as celestial overlord in background photo and it makes total sense. [@DgcMr]

• Must follow Ovi with Sidney Crosby news. He suited up as a goalie during a ball hockey game in Pittsburgh (as the Penguins held their collective breaths). [CBC]

• City mayor, Naheed Nenshi, drops a bucket of ice cold Canadian water on the Calgary Flames new sports arena spectacular announcement. [Calgary Sun]

• Former Anaheim Ducks assistant coach and sacrificial lamb Brad Lauer has been added to the Tampa Bay Lightning coaching staff. [The Score]

• Ottawa Senators loan defenseman Mikael Wikstrand to Färjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League. [Senators]

• Top 10 free agents still on the board as we near training camp. [Along the Boards]

• “[Taylor] Hall, [Connor] McDavid building chemistry at BioSteel Camp.” Just in time to amp up already unreasonably high expectations. [TSN]

• Arizona Coyotes prized prospect Max Domi talks about playing pro-hockey with Type-1 diabetes. [Howlin’ Hockey]

• Three players who will be key in turning around the Boston Bruins this upcoming season. [CBS Sports]

• Martin Havlat possibly coming to Ottawa Senators camp on pro-tryout. [@SunGarrioch]

• Carey Price spent time with eight families in Kelowna, BC at a goaltending camp. Great read on his day with the kids. [InGoal Mag]

• With all the wheeling and dealing of the Edmonton Oilers this off-season, Darnell Nurse needs to seize the opportunity available to him. [Today’s Slapshot]

• Congrats to Brooks Laich of the Washington Capitals and Julianne Hough (actress? dancer? singer?) on their engagement. [Yahoo]

• Help contribute to the making of a documentary about the long lost California Golden Seals. [SI]

• Rumor alert: Slava Voynov could (COULD!) be brought back by the Los Angeles Kings. [THN]

• Did you know there are 98 other top prospects beyond Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel? Meet them! [The Hockey Writers]

• Really like data mining and fancy stats? Put the two together and volunteer to collect passing data for this upcoming season. [In Lou We Trust]

• Part one previewing the mask artwork of NHL goaltenders this upcoming season. [Hockey By Design]

• Is Jimmy Howard starting for the Red Wings no longer a foregone conclusion? [Octopus Thrower]

• Top 5 ‘contract year’ players that could have a big impact on your fantasy hockey team. [The Puck Exchange]

• 95-year-old hockey player (with awesome Rollie Fingers-esque mustache) shares his tips for what’s kept him young. [Today]

• Finally, 14-year-old Estonian Olev Kork shows off his puck handling skills … on a bike, on a tightrope, hanging from a tree, etc. You know, the regular stuff.