Davidson, Kekalainen ink extensions; Gomez’s poem to first love (Puck Headlines)

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• Apparently Team North America received a collared shirt group discount at The Gap for making the squad. [@TeamNA_WCH]

• Columbus Blue Jackets President of hockey operations John Davidson, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen and assistant general manager Bill Zito all signed two-year extensions. [Blue Jackets Xtra]

• Taking a PTO with the Carolina Hurricanes, Raffi Torres is looking for a second chance stating, “I can change the way I play.” (We’ll see…) [News & Observer]

• Through a Freedom of Information request, learn how involved Toronto Mayor John Torry was in the Steven Stamkos pitch and how his office did their best to steer clear of delivering the devastating news to Leafs fans. [Toronto Sun]

• The Calgary Flames released a statement after the passing of one of the team’s original co-owners, Norman Kwong. [Flames]

• With his playing days over, Manny Malhotra is looking to transition into coaching, and the Vancouver Canucks are working on getting him back in the fold. [The Province]

• Fighting is on the decline in the NHL; however, the league hasn’t taken substantive steps to curb it completely, or even acknowledge the health risks involved. [The Tennessean]

• American NHL players preparing for World Cup downplay anthem controversy after President Obama weighed in on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decision to sit during the national anthem. [USA Today]

• Team USA’s head coach, John Tortorella, is torn between training camp for the World Cup and camp for the Blue Jackets. [Blue Jackets Xtra]

• Team North America is gunning for an upset in the World Cup of Hockey. They might be young, but they’re not all rookies. [SI.com]

• Making Team Canada’s 23 man roster could be the most difficult position any pro athlete faces in sports. How the nation’s World Cup team came together. [Sportsnet]

• A mask by mask breakdown of the netminders’ World Cup of Hockey helmet designs for Team Canada, USA and North America. [Hockey By Design]

• Newly retired Scott Gomez pens a poem – yes, a poem – to bid adieu to his ‘first love, Mrs. Hockey.’ [Players’ Tribune]

• “The slapshot is not going the way of the dodo bird yet but it is continuing a downward spiral as an effective scoring tool in the NHL.” Analyzing 828,620 shots attempted and 39,434 goals scored in the NHL since the 2010-11 season showing the downward trend in the slapshot and how bigger nets might make a difference. [The Star]

• Matt Stajan, Troy Brouwer, Chad Johnson and goaltending coach Jordan Sigalet represented the Flames as they marched in Calgary’s Pride Parade this past Sunday. [NHL]

• Ken Cambell asks, “How long will Oilers blemishes mar Connor McDavid from being the face of the NHL?” [THN]

• Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau’s plans for Mikko Koivu as a shutdown center – similar to how Boudreau deployed Ryan Kesler in Anaheim – could lead to a major spark in production. [Today’s Slapshot]

• Fantasy hockey: Top 10 dual position players according to Yahoo! Fantasy Hockey. [Dobber]

• Looking ahead to the difficult decisions that face the Washington Capitals next offseason with their unrestricted free agents, such as T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams. [Nova Caps Fans]

• “Kyle Bollers’ Twitter bio used to say that he was going to finish what his older brother started – a vow he made to become a professional hockey player after his talented sibling grew tired of the game and quit three years ago. Now there’s a sibling rivalry going on to see who’ll reach the pros first, Kyle or older brother Cyril Bollers, Jr.” [Color of Hockey]

• Logan Couture is willing to admit he’s a big Buffalo Bills fan. [Fear the Fin]

• Finally, Scotiabank tugs at your heart strings with the #TheFifthSeason campaign as ball hockey players recreate iconic NHL moments.