Here are your Morning Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.
• Over on Ball Don't Lie earlier this week, Skeets had these images of the NBA's all-star jerseys for this season. Ladies and gents, chalk up another victory for hockey over our arena brethren, if only because this year's NHL All-Star Game jerseys don't have the weird temperature-gauge looking thing under the arms. [via First Cuts]
• The NHL reports that "corporate sponsorship of the NHL All-Star Weekend on Jan. 24-25 in Montreal has topped $10 million." And that's why you keep the Winter Classic and the all-star game separate, people. [Mediapost]
• The Nashville Predators ownership is "considering putting their own money to work to purchase enough tickets to make sure the Predators reach the NHL's revenue sharing targets." The Forechecker writes that this sort of thing is allowed by the NHL, even if it makes the Predators look one missed payment away from Balsillieville. [On the Forecheck]
• A look at how the NHLPA is pushing the idea of partnership with the NHL during this time of economic strife, and some straight talk in the landscape: "So the CBA will remain shut. And barring an epic ecomonic miracle, revenues will fall; player salaries will be siphoned away; and a franchise or two could conceivably fail. As one hockey man put it Wednesday, 'of all the sports that will be hurt by this, we'd be at the top of the list.' Labour peace, sure. Peace? Not so much." [National Post]
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• An ad on Craigslist seeks hockey-looking dudes for a Molson commercial, including "should not be studly hot guys" and "primal looking guys ... thinking caveman type." Soliciting men of a certain body type for on-camera work with the promise of booze; how are newspapers supposed to compete with that again? [Kurtenblog]
• George James Malik finds an article from Sweden about the Detroit Red Wings' negotiation with Henrik Zetterberg that reports the two sides are close to a massive 10-year contract worth about $7.1 million per season. [Snapshots]
• Interesting blog from Jim Boone, co-founder of the NHL Fan Association, with some intriguing ideas and harsh assessments: "Generally speaking, the televised NHL product in the U.S. is garbage and most sports news shows barely mention daily NHL results. Access to games also continues to be a problem for many fans." [THN]
• Since Alexander Ovechkin wasn't voted into the all-star game as a starter, Washington Capitals fans have a moment for redemption during the "trick shot" breakaway challenge skills competition. [The Red Skate]
• Your moment of puck Zen, from the ZSC Lions Zurich game in the IIHF Champions Hockey League final game against Metallurg Magnitogorsk. [Getty]
• Wait, wasn't Mats Sundin supposed to fix this stuff? "The Vancouver Canucks need about 20 wins in their final 34 games to secure a playoff berth. Even that may not be enough to avoid a gloomy spring in Canuckistan." [Sun Media]
• Puck Daddy reader The Great One found this link from December, but it was new to us: The 10 Worst Plays Of The Past 10 Years. Because it's been a while since we watched that Patrik Stefan play. [Here Come the Bruins]