Let's get your week started off with a proper helping of hockey news - after the jump, we've got two wonderfully appropriate articles presented back-to-back. First, the NCAA is considering a rule change that will make the game more dangerous for hockey players, and secondly, we get the scoop on just how brutal the game can be at the NHL level...
Yesterday In The Playoffs
Predator prospect Nick Oliver to return to Fargo Force next season - Nashville Predators Examiner
The Preds' 4th-round pick will put off college hockey for a year and continue with his USHL team. Chief Amateur Scout Jeff Kealty says that he'd rather see Oliver play a key role for Fargo than ride the bench at St. Cloud State, but I have to believe this is a bit of setback. Nashville is very well-stocked with forwards coming up through the system, however, so they can be patient here.
Pekka Rinne earns shutout for Finland - predators.nhl.com
Peks hasn't gotten much action at the World Championships, but backstopped his team to a 2-0 victory over Belarus.
Around the NHL
I Can't Believe It's Science - Western College Hockey Blog
The NCAA is actually considering relaxing the requirement for full face masks and allowing players to just go with half-shields. SB Nation's college hockey blog tears apart this stupendously idiotic idea in a number of different ways.
A sport with teeth - The Globe and Mail
James Mirtle looks at the gruesome injuries hockey players suffer on a routine basis. The NCAA should review this before furthering the idiotic proposal to weaken their full face-shield requirement.
Making, Taking and Breaking Heart of a City -- NBA FanHouse
Local writer & sports talk radio host Clay Travis (of 104.5's "3 Hour Lunch") looks at great sports figures who made an impact on the city that they left, with a hockey hero landing atop his list. Are we slowly but surely converting Clay into a hockey fan?
The Habs and Chance : Tom Benjamin's NHL Blog :: CanucksCorner.com
Is Montreal's good luck (and make no mistake, a good portion of their success this spring can be attributed to luck) a positive thing for the NHL?
Lindsay Lohan throws drink at Jessica Stam and tries to get Rangers Aaron Voros and Sean Avery tossed from 1Oak - NYPOST.com
Lindsay Lohan starts a fight in a New York club with two hockey players and a model... entertaining stuff.
Trade Malkin? Trade Rossi. - PensBurgh
Disappointment in Pittsburgh brings the crazies out of the woodwork.
In 5-on-5 Penalties Drawn to Taken, New Jersey Devils Around Average over Last 3 Seasons - In Lou We Trust
John Fischer compares team performance since 2007-8 with regards to penalties. For the Preds, they've been relatively disciplined two out of those three seasons.
Lowetide: I Have Seen the Future of the Edmonton Oilers and his name is Taylor Hall
Forget the stats, Lowetide has seen the light.
Tampa Bay Lightning and Stephane Veilleux settle differences without a grievance | Lightning Strikes
Like I said when Allan Walsh first brought this up publicly, there was no way Tampa would reasonably get out of paying for Veilleux's shoulder surgery.