Here are your Morning (sorta) 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.
• Our buddy Dave Pagnotta broke this news during the Rumors Chat on Wednesday, and now HockeyFights.com has the details: "The Arizona Sundogs have announced that four-time Stanley Cup Champion and former Conn Smythe Trophy winner Claude Lemieux has joined the Club for formal on-ice workouts." Wow ... is there actually a market for ancient agitators who look uncomfortably like Jame Gumb?
Powered by NBC Sports Philadelphia
• At least Claude's mouth is in mid-season form, talking to the New York Post about competing for a "best agitator award" with the Dallas Stars' Sean Avery: "I would probably beat Sean for that award because I was able to stick it up teams' butts by scoring big goals in big games after I'd gotten under their skin in other ways. Offensively I did more than Sean does." [NY Post]
• Ulf Samuelsson has a blog. A blog that really, really could have a better name than "Ulf Samuelsson's Blog." [THN]
• Our new friend Mike Commodore evidently got an earful from the NHL about that Facebook photo. You know, another League might be smart enough to embrace a good-natured controversy and profit from it. Like with a "Half-naked Mike Commodore Covers Himself with World Currency" calendar. [The Province]
• Saturday night shouldn't be too insane in Philly, what with Philadelphia Flyers/New Jersey Devils, Game 3 of the World Series and a Celtic Thunder dance troupe at the Wachovia Spectrum all happening within spitting distance of each other in the same sports complex. [Philly.com]
• Mark Messier's son is released by his ECHL team. We ain't Lyon. [New York Rangers Blog]
• The latest KHL transfer controversy: Former Pittsburgh Penguins and Phoenix Coyotes winger Matt Murley signed with Amur Khabarovsk, and the IIHF believes the did not have the required paperwork to start playing. Murley left the Carolina Hurricanes' AHL affiliate in Albany. [NHL]