Habs do damage control; no hearing for Stralman; Kessel on her concussion (Puck Headlines)

• Awesome photo from the 1940’s at the Sports Centre in Baltimore of figure skaters playing hockey in skirts! [Retro Baltimore]

• P.K. Subban, Max Pacioretty, and Michel Therrien go into full damage control mode as they downplay the drama surrounding the Montreal Canadiens. [TSN]

• After Therrien’s comments on Subban, Marc Bergevin has to fall on his sword and fire the head coach. [EOTP]

• The Department of Player Safety will not have a hearing with Anton Stralman for his hit on Bryan Little. This won’t make Paul Maurice very happy. Leo Komarov, however, isn’t so lucky. [Tampa Bay Times

• Amanda Kessel speaks in depth about the concussion that kept her out of hockey for over a year. [NY Times]

• Drama with the Flint Firebirds continues as the OHL appoints Joe Stefan and Pat Peake as interim head and assistant coaches, respectively. [Buzzing the Net]

• Where is the Bauer hockey gear promised to the players of the NWHL? [Today’s Slapshot]

• After being suspended for sleeping in, Evander Kane has to show the Buffalo Sabres he’s actually sorry for what he’s done by focusing on hockey moving forward. [Buffalo News]

• An IIHF official says the NHL should ‘seriously consider’ going to the next two Olympic games as a way to open themselves up to the Chinese fanbase. [Inside the Games]

• Brad Marchand has gone from goal scoring pest to elite forward (who is still a pest) in the NHL. [The Hockey News]

• His play on the ice notwithstanding, Marchand showed his charitable side by sending a financially strapped hockey family of six to the NHL All-Star Game on his dime. [Digby Courier]

• Jay Beagle’s injury went from worrisome to a ‘blessing in disguise’ for the Washington Capitals as it increased the production of the new line combinations created to make up for his absence. (Like the Caps needed to be even better…) [Japers’ Rink]

• While most Colorado Avalanche fans would love to Mikko Rantanen up with the big club, leaving the youngster in the AHL might be better for his development. [BSN Denver]

• Could the Vancouver Canucks be any worse off than they are right now if they traded away Radim Vrbata? [PITB]

• As a reliable backup goaltender, Chad Johnson knows his time with any team is likely short lived. He’s grown to love the Buffalo Sabres but knows he may not be with them much longer. [Buffalo Hockey Beat]

• All Kevin Gravel had with him was the tracksuit he was wearing when he was called up to the Los Angeles Kings. His clothes finally made it to him about a week later. [SC Times]

• The talent level of the NHL has never been higher. Personality wise, the league is thin on guys who won’t give a canned soundbite. [Blue Jackets Xtra]

• Les Canadiennes de Montreal have a 95-percent success rate on the penalty kill. The reason why is seen in the analytics. [Along The Boards]

• Profile of breakout star Devon Skeats of the Buffalo Beauts. [The Victory Press]

• A grab bag of fantasy hockey topics: Brian Elliott is a netminder to watch, J.T. Miller scores goals and is a catalyst for his linemates success, and more. [Dobber]

• Have you ever wondered how an on-ice official prepares, travels, or how they are working to get to the next level? Check out this profile of ECHL/AHL ref Peter Tarnaris. [The Sin Bin]

• Should the Bruins’ retooling process include the trading of Zdeno Chara? [Bruins Daily]

• Friend of the blog, and ESPN anchor, Linda Cohn hosts her 5,000th SportsCenter on Sunday. Something the admitted puckhead hadn’t done until Thursday? Visit the Hockey of Hall of Fame. [Toronto Sun]

• Finally, the too adult sounding “NHL After Dark” series gets some Swedish twin action. Watch Henrik and Daniel Sedin demonstrate their uncanny twin powers while wearing Gopros (MOTION SICKNESS WARNING).

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