Tarasenko, Laich injured; Selling hockey to women; Sean Avery’s DWTS debut … – Yahoo Canada Sports (blog)

Here are your 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.

Jaromir Jagr is the best. “I thought he was going to leave it for himself, not put it out to the Internet.” [NJ.com]

• An in-depth explanation of Rich Peverley‘s heart condition in terminology for non-medical professionals, and what it means for the rest of his hockey career. [Undisclosed Injury]

• Excellent piece by Gregg Sutch, former teammate of Terry Trafford who committed suicide after being dismissed by his team, on how the mindset of hockey as a whole needs to change: “For many of us, the words “I am a hockey player” have become a social stigma. Hockey has become so overwhelming and blown out of proportion that it consumes our lives. We grow up playing hockey and after a while we allow hockey to define us. Hockey becomes who we are. Everything about us is related to hockey – the way we carry ourselves, the way we dress, the way we act and talk. It’s become so prevalent that people can pick hockey players in a crowd. Is that really good anymore?” [Buzzing the Net]

• Big loss for the St. Louis Blues. Vladmir Tarasenko is out at least six weeks with a hand injury. He’s having surgery Monday. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

Brooks Laich will not be joining the Washington Capitals on their trip out west. He’s headed to St. Louis to see a groin specialist. [Capitals Insider]

• Dallas Stars fans can breathe a little easier, Kari Lehtonen is healthy enough to resume playing. Sorry, Cristopher Nilstorp fans. He’s headed back to the AHL. [Defending Big D]

• In the NCAA women’s quarterfinal, Wisconsin goalie Alex Rigsby makes a stick save that requires the creation of a new word to describe it: “a fusion of shopworn sports superlatives suc has stellabulous, a combo of stellar and fabulous”. [Buzzing the Net]

• Your three stars of the week are … wait for iiiit … Sergei Bobrovsky, Kyle Okposo, and Antti Niemi [NHL.com]

• Heart-warming read of the day: Columbus Blue Jackets forward Ryan Johansen credits the support of his best friend from childhood as a big reason why he’s been successful throughout his hockey career [FoxSports Ohio]

• On marketing directly to women: “… female sports fans are not a niche market. Depending on the sport, [women] make up a third or more of the fans. As a Twitter friend of mine pointed out, ‘women are not the untapped market sports think they are. Most sporting events I go to are not all that heavily male-skewed. It’s just that people seem to ASSUME that all those women are dragged there by their male counterparts.'” [Eyes on the Prize]

• For the fantasy hockey GMs, the ‘Geek of the Week’ is Travis Harmonic [Dobber Hockey]

• Is it time for Craig MacTavish to trade Nail Yakupov or continue to allow him to develop with the Edmonton Oilers? [Edmonton Journal Blog]

• Jeff from Puck Buddys previews Sean Avery on Dancing with the Stars. The pictures alone are worth the read. [Puck Buddys]

• Oh, Canada. It’s way too early to be asking Mike Babcock about signing up to coach Canada in 2018, but it’s ok to ask him about his experience in Sochi [Tim Wharnsby]

• A look back at the best alternate-third jerseys of the 90’s (spoiler alert: Wild Wing busting through the ice didn’t make the list) [The Hockey Writers]

• Finally, via Kukla, a look at a coach’s life through the eyes of Barry Trotz:


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