Puck Headlines: Vegas baby, Vegas…

Here are your Evening Puck Headlines and Previews: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

- The NHL Awards show in June is officially going to be held at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas. Ice girls in certain NHL cities will now be replaced by cocktail waitresses. (NHL)

-Joe Thornton's underwear is all the rage in the Sharks locker room. (National Post)

-Martin Brodeur may be about to eclipse Patrick Roy's all-time wins record, but here are ten things the Devils backstopper won't have over St. Patrick. (Habs Eyes on the Prize)

-The Chief vents his frustrations over this season in HockeyTown. (A2Y)

-Colorado forward Cody McCormick has been suspended two games for a high-stick incident last night on Minnesota's Cal Clutterbuck. (NHL)

-Michael Russo reports that Wild general manager Doug Risebrough is contemplating offering soon-to-be unrestricted free agent Marian Gaborik a short-term offer, thinking with rumors of the salary cap going down in a few years, teams might shy away from offering the oft-injured forward a long-term deal. (Star Tribune)

-Best wishes to former St. Louis Blues tough man and current radio analyst, Kelly Chase, who's been dealing with a strange lesion found on his brain. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

-Despite his performance last night against the Islanders, head coach Bob Gainey is sending out Jaroslav Halak tomorrow when the Canadiens host the Devils (Habs Inside/Out)

-Down Goes Brown lists the top ten staged fights in NHL history. (DGB)

-From Botta, a nice story about Kyle Okposo and what he's like off the ice. (Islanders Point Blank)

-A plea to have Florida Panthers radio play-by-play man Randy Moller, he of the pop-culture filled goal calls, get a chance at a national gig. (MLive)

-Former New York Ranger Alf Pike passed away at the age of 91 and if you didn't know, he had a pretty kickin' nickname: "The Embalmer". (Greatest Hockey Legends)

-Atlanta Thrashers GM Don Waddell says he is going to attempt to resign Ilya Kovalchuk before he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2010. (Edmonton Journal)

-Using the word "tomfoolery" in a column title is always fun. The Maple Leafs weren't too happy with referees Kevin Pollack and Chris after last night's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning which saw head coach Ron Wilson get ejected. Leafs forward Ben Ondrus said after the game that if fighting is ruled out of hockey, we will see an increase in stick-related incidents. (Globe& Mail)

-Someone edited Travis Zajac's Wikipedia page and wrote that the New Jersey forward is a cousin of NHL great Terry Sawchuk. "No one in my family ever told me that I was related to him." he said. "I think it would have come up. The only thing I know is there's a Terry Sawchuk Arena in Winnipeg. I played there when I was young." Zajac 1, Wikipedia 0. (Fire & Ice)

-Martin Havlat will be returning to the ice tonight for the Blackhawks. (Chicago Tribune)

-A Blue Jackets fan dons a Jason Voorhees mask at games and thus a tradition is born? (The Hockey Writers)

-John Tortorella's first explosion happened last night before the second period of the Rangers-Predators game and Nikolai Zherdev was first to pull the splinters out of his backside. (NY Daily News)

Finally, thanks to Puck Daddy reader Jeff M. for allowing us to reminisce about a mulleted Jaromir Jagr:

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