Bill Daly is discouraged; what we miss about hockey; IceHogs lose Dora The Explorer (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)

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. • The Podcast Awards' voting closes tonight . Matt R. is trying to cement victory for Marek Vs. Wyshynski. A vote for #MvsW is a vote for hockey. And for another drunk podcast. • NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly on the CBA talks: "I'm more discouraged now than I have been at any point in the process." [ CP ] • Michael Arace on how apathy rules the day in the NHL lockout: "Go ahead and take the rest of the year to argue over who is going to pay for the lockout. Take two years. It is apparent that the league is bent on a path to irrelevance and, at this point, fans are willing to cooperate. Most of us could care less every day. Mission accomplished." [ Puck-rakers ] • Jonathan Willis on who won the last lockout: "It would be awfully difficult to weep for the players as a result — $10.5 billion is a lot of money, even divided among several hundred people — but that is not the point of this exercise. The point, simply, is this: thanks to the collective bargaining agreement the NHL was able to extract from the NHLPA the last time around, NHL owners ended up saving roughly $3.5 billion dollars in player salaries." [ Cult Of Hockey ] • Down Goes Brown's first draft of Gary Bettman's Hall of Fame speech is expectedly great. [ DGB ] • So apparently Kevin Miller is being sued for $1.6 million for a hit he threw in a Swiss League game back in 2000. [ MLive, via PHT ] • Vancouver Canucks Coach Alain Vigneault is currently living in his parents' basement. Which is only appropriate, considering that traditional media has been completely dismissive of his accomplishments and insight for years. /blogger rant [ Leader Post ] • No better sentence written about hockey today: "San Francisco Bulls hockey players Hans Benson and Chris Frank will be on hand to shoot fish pucks into the bears' enclosure as a birthday treat." [ SF Appeal ] • The Rockford IceHogs are moving ahead with their Latino Night despite complaints. Although it will be without Dora The Explorer, who they mistakenly publicized on the same poster as bottles of Corona. Whoops. [ NBC Latino ]

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