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.
• It's always a good time when Adrian Dater blogs from the heart about the Colorado Avalanche, and the Denver Post writer wonders if last night's 4-1 defeat against the Calgary Flames "might have been the worst wire-to-wire performance this team has ever played since moving to Denver." Jibblescribbits thinks it was an abysmal effort, and thinks Coach Tony Granato was playing for the point instead rather than to win. Come back, Joe Sakic! [Jibblescribbits]
• Now that Steven Stamkos was the best player on the ice for the Tampa Bay Lightning last night, it's time to dream big for the Bolts. Like discussing the pros and cons of adding Mats Sundin to the mix in Tampa. What salary cap? [Lightning Strikes]
• After helping to spearhead the Tim Thomas all-star campaign, Cornelius Hardenbergh has decided to urge Boston Bruins fans to stop voting after the Montreal Canadiens' auto-voting scandal and the NHL's response. "If you must continue to support this malarky, then go ahead and vote for Thomas. He deserves it. But don't think you're sending the NHL a message other than 'I fell for it.'" [Cornelius Hardenbergh]
• Now that the Patrick O'Sullivan-Anze Kopitar-Dustin Brown line has been reunited by Los Angeles Kings Coach Terry Murray, it's time for the big decision: The pressure of a nickname. The Maxi-PAD Line is as ingenious as it is impossible. [Battle of California]
• Some really incredible archive hockey photos from the pages of Time magazine. [Bitter Leaf Fan]
• Viktor Tikhonov: Phoenix Coyotes rookie and blogger. Vik talks about getting ketchup on his shoes and offers such scathing critiques of his performances as, "All my teammates were very happy for me after the game and I got handshakes from everyone. It was neat being the center of attention." [THN]
• The Hockeywood Insider podcast had me on yesterday to chat about third jerseys, all-star voting and other topics. It was a good time. [Life in Hockeywood, about 17 minutes in]
• Speaking of that: In defense of the hockey enforcer. [Ice Man]
• Finally, the game was on Nov. 16, but this is an aces goal from Hugh Jessiman for the Milwaukee Admirals. The more you watch it, the more you wonder if it might be a goal-of-the-year candidate, actually.