Bettman ‘no doubt’ on Scott at ASG; Canadian teams impact Rogers; Malkin Q&A (Puck Headlines)

• The Kickstarter campaign of create “Pride Tape” for hockey sticks has reached over $30,000 and continues to grow. [Calgary Herald]

• “The fans spoke in large numbers for the process and he’s going to be joining us in Nashville. There was never any doubt about that,” Gary Bettman said in regards to John Scott. Hmm… [CSN Bay Area]

• “The arrogant NHL: tone-deaf and alienating its fans – for what?” Striking criticism of the league, not just for its handling of the John Scott situation. [The Guardian]

• Auston Matthews is the consensus No. 1 pick in the draft. Get to know the other kids who might be on your favorite team some day. [Buzzing the Net]

• NHL players talk about something that’s not made public – locker room fines, the surprisingly well-managed “kangaroo courts” of the league. [SI]

• With all the Canadian teams struggling, the nation’s rights holders, Rogers, are feeling it in the ratings and in the wallet. [Yahoo’s Eh Game]

• The Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) is banning foreign born and trained players from registering. That’s not xenophobic at all… [Buzzing the Net]

• Insightful piece on the experience of Asian hockey players and the way they are viewed within the sport’s fanbase. [Hockey In Society]

• In the wake of the melee between Michigan and Ohio State, a critical look at fighting in college hockey and what it could lead to. [College Hockey News]

• Funny Q&A with the always effervescent Evgeni Malkin. He talks goofy pranks on Sidney Crosby. [Sportsnet]

• It has been a whirlwind five days for David Perron following his trade to the Anaheim Ducks. The winger is still learning about his new team and his coach is learning about the player. [OC Register]

• Unlike his time with the Colorado Avalanche, Ryan O’Reilly has finally found a home with the Buffalo Sabres. [Bleacher Report]

• Dustin Brown’s role with the Los Angeles Kings has evolved to meet his current focus where it’s all about winning. [LA Kings Insider]

• Justin Abdelkader writes about his time at Michigan State as a player and how he finished his degree after six years with a research paper on the emergence of fancy stats. [The Players’ Tribune]

• Paul Bissonnette reinvents himself once again, this time as a member of the LA Kings AHL team. [Mayor’s Manor]

• Ryan Reaves is the last of the dying breed – the Enforcer. [St. Louis Game Time]

• Looking at the Ottawa Senators blue line with and without certain members currently on it. [6th Sens]

• Nikita Zadorov, one of the pieces of the Ryan O’Reilly trade, was recently recalled by the Colorado Avalanche. Has the youngster earned the playing time? [Mile High Sticking]

• Meet Sadie St. Germain. She plays for the Boston Blades and is an incredibly talented graphic artist outside of the rink. [Victory Press]

• Celeste Brown has yet to register a goal with the New York Riveters but her battles on the other side of the puck and play making ability make her an important part of the team. [Today’s Slapshot]

• Australian hockey makes a huge step forward on the international stage with their women’s U-18 team making their official debut at world championships in early January. [Along the Boards]

• How the injuries to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Mike Stone will impact your fantasy hockey roster. [Dobber]

• “The Philadelphia Flyers might have the best goaltending in the NHL.” Say whaa? [Broad Street Hockey]

• Jonathan Drouin’s demotion and trade request has helped attendance and competition in the AHL. [NHL]

• The recently departed Glenn Frey of the Eagles has a hockey connection. [Greatest Hockey Legends]

• Finally, Natalie Spooner is one of the CWHL All-Star captains. Girl has some serious skill that will be on display this Saturday in the CWHL All-Star game.

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