Leafs to invade China; re-naming NHL awards; ‘creative accounting’ in Arizona …

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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• “Capitals fourth line forward Liam O’Brien is becoming a fan favorite in D.C. I’m not sure if it’s for his general fearlessness or his tongue-wagging. Actually, no. Check that. It’s definitely for his tongue.” [RMNB]

• The Maple Leafs want to follow in the footsteps of Manchester United soccer (or football or futbol) club and become the favorite hockey team of the people in China, the world’s most populous country. [TSN]

• People wonder why Andrew Barroway wants to buy a majority stake in the Arizona Coyotes. Two words (as it relates to revenue sharing): creative accounting. [Globe and Mail]

• There’s talk about renaming the NHL’s major awards… an annual tradition.  [ESPN]

• Joe Pelletier on why idea is dumb.. [Greatest Hockey Legends]

• Nick Cotsonika’s Three Periods hit on Jake Voracek’s sleek start, Marc-Andre Fleury’s risk and reward, plus other NHL notes. [Yahoo Sports]

• Skillz Hockey’s Cyril Bollers joins NHL legend Paul Coffey in coaching junior team. [Color of Hockey]

• Jack Eichel and Noah Hanifin will face off as Boston University face Boston College tonight. Just so it’s appropriate for this year, Connor McDavid will drop dramatically for the rafters and score 12 goals for no reason. [SBN College Hockey]

• More McDavid and Eichel: updates on their scoring tears early in their respective seasons. [Buzzing the Net]

• The Capitals have struggled of late. Is goaltending the ‘missing piece’? [Japers’ Rink]

• Sean McIndoe tries to figure out what the heck is going in with the Central Division. [Grantland]

• Jake Allen has taken his time to develop into a NHL caliber goaltender, and to the Blues benefit, the journey has paid off. Here’s a QA with the netminder. [The Hockey Writers]

• Fantasy hockey cage match: Sami Vatanen (Ducks) vs. Tyson Barrie (Avalanche). [Dobber Hockey]

• Alec Martinez is doing the “right” thing well for LA Kings. [Frozen Royalty]

• Touching story, Peoria Rivermen winger Dan Bremner earned his college degree to honor his mother, who died three years ago Thursday. [Peoria Journal Star]

• An in-depth look at the Blackhawks throwback Winter Classic jerseys. [Hockey By Design]

• Finally, here’s a preview of an upcoming PBS documentary on the USA Hockey sled team:

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