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Women’s hockey at the Olympics; David Poile update; NHL Tinder (Puck Headlines)

Harrison Mooney
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.

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• Tomas Tatar bunny-hops across the ice for some reason. [Martin Rose, Getty]

• The IIHF president says women's hockey will never be out of the Olympics. [CTV News]

• The US and Canada owe nobody an apology for being so good at women's hockey. [Washington Post]

• What Noora Räty’s retirement says about women’s hockey. [The Pink Puck]

• Is women's hockey truly that much more non-competitive than men's? [Hockey Wilderness]

• The Nashville Predators have given an update on the condition of GM David Poile, who was hit in the eye with a puck. "David underwent an eye-related procedure at Vanderbilt Medical Center on Friday, Feb. 14, designed to allow for further evaluation of his injury. He originally suffered a fractured orbital bone and fractures in his nose. He is wearing and will continue to wear a patch over his injured eye while remaining under observation as the medical team continues to assess his recovery." [Tennessean]

• Meet the NHL players on Tinder. [The Royal Half]

• Do Sidney Crosby's linemates even matter? [The Sporting News]

• Team Canada is still waiting for Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and the like to stake their positions atop the country's hockey hierarchy. Crosby is wearing the C, but he's yet to establish himself as his team's on-ice leader. [Greatest Hockey Legends]

• Russia's hockey legends all agree: the NHL has to return to the Olympics in four years. [Postmedia]

• Detroit Red Wings' GM Ken Holland agrees, despite losing Henrik Zetterberg to an injury. [Free Press]

• Evgeny Kuznetsov is coming to America. Not yet, but very soon. I swear this guy's never coming. [RMNB]

• Meet Bruce Bennett, one of hockey's great photographers. He's shot 4,229 NHL games in his career. [Getty Images]

• Two QMJHL fans make back-to-back shots to win $10,000. And then they win a truck. Insane accuracy on display here. [Buzzing the Net]

• Plus/minus. You know you love it. It's the hockey world's favourite statistic. So who are the best players in the category in fantasy hockey? [Dobber Hockey]

• Adam Larsson is frustrated to be in the AHL right now, but he still sees a future with the Devils. [Star-Ledger]

• Teemu Selanne on former teammate Dan Bylsma: “He had the character and charisma to be a head coach. He was very good at what he was doing. He did the right things. That’s how he earned respect in this league. If you asked me then which of my teammates could have become a coach, he would have been at the top of the list.” [Sports Illustrated]

• Are the Washington Capitals buyers or sellers at the trade deadline? [Japers' Rink]

• Mike Babcock may have a stacked lineup, but his job is still pretty difficult. He has to use it perfectly, and that's a tall order. [The Hockey Writers]

• At a Minnesota hockey game on Valentine's Day, a man comes perfectly prepared for his moment on the kiss cam. [Deadspin]

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