Puck Headlines: Don't fret Pronger, there's always alternate capt.

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.

• The Anaheim Ducks end the charade, return the captaincy of the team to Scott Niedermayer instead of Stampy, the Leg Slicer Chris Pronger, who gets the 'A' along with Ryan Getzlaf. No word who wears the 'A' upon Pronger's next inevitable suspension. [Kukla]

• Just in time: Patrick O'Sullivan finally signs with the Los Angeles Kings. Per TSN: "Sources say it is worth an average of $2.925 million per year but will pay him $4 million in the upcoming season." Wow, score one for Dean Lombardi. [TSN]

Nikolai Khabibulin makes the Chicago Blackhawks opening night roster. For now. [Sun Times]

• Among today's waiver wire fodder: Kyle McLaren and his $2.5 million contract for the San Jose Sharks; Boyd Devereaux and Staffan Kronwall of the Toronto Maple Leafs; Matt Pettinger (you sir are no Matt Cooke) and the KHL controversial Jason Krog of the Vancouver Canucks; Peter Schaefer of the Boston Bruins; Aaron Downey of the Detroit Red Wings, who seems chill about the whole thing; and Cory Murphy of the Florida Panthers (congrats, Jassen Cullimore). Or as we call them, our fantasy hockey team. [TSN]

• Meanwhile, the Detroit Red Wings have sent Darren Helm, Ville Leino and Jonathan Ericsson to Grand Rapids, and are looking to trade Kyle Quincey. [Snapshots]

• National Post headline: "Ducks claim LW Lidstrom on waivers." Uh, make that Lindstrom. Although, recalling the NHL awards show ... [National Post]

• The Atlanta Thrashers unveil their new ad campaign: "Become One in Blueland." Easy: "Sit in any section of the upper deck on a Tuesday." [Thrashers]

TJ Hensick doesn't make the cut for the Colorado Avalanche. [Avs Talk]

• BREAKING! MUST CREDIT PUCK DADDY! Gilbert Brule is still an enigma. [Opiated Sherpa]

• Interesting story on freshmen, and the challenges they face in their first seasons of college hockey. Besides, you know, a slight increase in beer consumption on weekdays. [College Hockey News]

• George McPhee talks about the Washington Capitals' controversial cuts, and Alexander Ovechkin will be OK for the season opener after an injury in practice. [Capitals Insider]

• The Edmonton Oilers appear to have laundered the old jerseys of Kevin Lowe and Craig MacTavish and reused them as "third jerseys" for 2008-09. [Oilers]

• Either "blogger" Jason Pominville or his Buffalo Sabres media relations ghostwriter is extraordinarily dry. "We are all excited for Friday night's game against the Canadiens. Everyone seems focused. Everyone seems prepared. We know we have a job to do this year and we know we have to be in the playoffs." Gee, will ya give it 110 percent too, Pommer? [Sabres]

• Less than 24 hours after being carried out on a stretcher, Chris Lee of the New York Islanders has been cleared to fly with the team. [NHL]

• Finally, the NHL would like to inform you of the rules changes for the 2008-09 season. And somehow Carrie Milbank doesn't end up on THIS video?

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