Keeping Desjardins; Gretzky’s flowing mullet; Crawford for Hart? (Puck Headlines)


• Sneaker heads and puck heads UNITE! Reebok and Extra Butter team up for these New York Islanders themed kicks. [@tdnewcomb]

• Evander Kane on missing practice due after NBA All-Star Game: “That was all on me, that was my fault. It’s my responsibility. I messed up. And what I said was true, it’s not going to happen again. I know it’s about me going out and walking the walk. That’s what I’ve tried to do since that incident and that’s what I’m going to try to do.” [ESPN]

• The weak Canadian dollar is playing against the expansion plans for a Quebec City team. [National Post]

• At Trevor Linden’s insistence, keeping Willie Desjardins is the right move for the Vancouver Canucks. [Sportsnet]

• Could the Calgary Flames be a good fit for UFA-to-be James Reimer? [Calgary Sun]

• Vincent Lecavalier is reveling in his final year of hockey as he’s found new life in the third line ranks of the Los Angeles Kings. [NYT]

• How hockey is helping the players of the Czech Republic rise in the baseball ranks. [Fox Sports]

• Check out NHL History Girl’s timeline as she celebrates International Women’s Day with a hockey twist. [@NHLhistorygirl]

• Making a case for Corey Crawford to win the Hart Trophy. [Committed Indian]

• Nikita Soshnikov is a rookie with the Toronto Maple Leafs who is shining under the radar. [CP]

• Claude Julien passes Art Ross for most wins behind the Boston Bruins bench, silencing the critics who felt he should have been gone long ago. [Bruins Daily]

• Meghan Duggan went directly from coaching a ECAC Championship game to leading the Buffalo Beauts to the Isobel Cup. [Today’s Slapshot]

• After losing to Les Canadiennes de Montreal, the Toronto Furies season is analyzed. [Victory Press

• Looking ahead to this summer’s possible trade frenzy. [Spector’s Hockey]

• Meet Dante Fabbro, a 2016 NHL entry draft hopeful with the Penticton Vees. [Buzzing the Net]

• Fantasy hockey impact of the trade deadline in the Western Conference. [Dobber]

• Interesting stats analysis of the stretch pass in the NHL and who has used it to their advantage (and disadvantage). [McKeen’s Hockey]

• Ryan Johansen’s recent slump shouldn’t be a huge concern for Nashville Predators fans. The budding center is putting up numbers that show he’s headed where he needs to be. [On The Forecheck]

• Travis Yost gives his defense of how Henrik Lundqvist “quietly continues run of excellence.” [TSN]

•  When it comes to hockey hair, even players of color go with the flow. [Color of Hockey]

• A long-lost set of hockey cards recently unearthed feature a beautifully mulleted Wayne Gretzky. [CBC]

• Finally, Sven Baertschi talks about his background, learning English from kids books, and the Vancouver Canucks while driving.