Here are your Evening 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.
• Larry Brooks of the NY Post reports that Brendan Shanahan is tired of waiting for the New York Rangers, and is putting himself on the
please God please let it be Detroit open market. "I've told [Agent] Rick [Curran] that I can no longer wait and that it's time to move on." [NY Post]
• There seems to be a notion in some circles that Seattle "deserves" an NHL team. Chuq provides a few needles for that trial balloon. [Two for Elbowing]
Preview: Detroit Red Wings at Anaheim Ducks (10 p.m. EDT; TV: FSD, FSPT). Let's just see how "turned around" these Ducks actually are after their successful road trip. Tomas Holmstrom has finally figured out how to keep his ginormous rump-roast out of the crease. Battle of California believes Ryan Getzlaf's mouth funk was ruining the team, but it's all better now. The Chief is running a live blog over on A2Y.
• In case you missed it last night, we had coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks' Winter Classic ticket info mailing to season-ticket holders. There's a killer debate going on in the comments between Hawks and Wings fans.
• Let's see ... make the red line the new blue line, and turn the NHL into a wide-open half-court game ... ah, right, Roller Hockey International. Knew it would come to us sooner or later. [Cycle Like Sedins]
Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs at New Jersey Devils (7:30 p.m. EDT; TV: TSN, MSG). The Leafs' ad campaign this season, titled "Spirit is Everything," has sparked an interesting debate about the use of nostalgia in promoting the current product. Jamie Langenbrunner should be in the lineup for the Devils tonight, who need all of the offensive they can get with Brian Rolston on the shelf. By the way: Only Lou Lamoriello could find a way to get Alexander Vasyunov out of the KHL without some sort of international incident occurring.
• From the great George Richards: "Wade Belak says he hated getting apples as kid when he would go Trick-or-Treating. Says he and his pals would throw them at cars. Mischievous rascals." [On Frozen Pond]
• A rather candid Scott Howson on the Columbus Blue Jackets' sagging attendance: "I'm of the view that we have to earn back the trust of our fans ... Until then, we are going to continue to suffer through these times." [Dispatch]
Preview: Minnesota Wild at Dallas Stars (8:30 p.m. EDT; TV: FSNO, FSSW, Yahoo! Sports). The hottest team in the NHL visits a city where the Wild haven't won since 2002-03. What a great test for Marty Turco, facing the Wild's explosive ... wait, who the hell is Tobias Stephan? The back-up what now? Oh well. Minnesota continues to have a history-making penalty kill, becoming "the first team to play the first seven games of the season without giving up a power-play goal since the 1962-63 Toronto Maple Leafs."
• Finally, the Top 10 goals of last week from the NHL. That Ryan Smyth goal at No. 2 is pretty freakin' sweet.