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News of the Colorado Avalanche - Links from around the NHL - February 27th, 2013

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If you follow me on Twitter, you'll have seen me talk about this Cracked article yesterday. While they get the year wrong (it was in 2001, not 2007) and the call the team the Colorado Avalanches, it's rather amusing. Karma gets the fan back. The video is awesome too.

Back in 2007, the Chicago Blackhawks were in a match against the Colorado Avalanches, and Blackhawk Steve Sullivan was having a rough game. He had to leave for a short time after his face was cut open from taking a high-stick to the nose -- which would put any normal man in the hospital for a week but merely warrants a short time-out for a hockey player. Plus, a Colorado fan apparently found Sullivan's injury hysterical and hurled insults while Sullivan was taken off the ice, gushing blood.

The guy heckled Sullivan, an injured man, relentlessly. He appeared to genuinely enjoy the concept of a serious head injury. Well, far be it from Fate to keep a man away from the things he loves ...

Simon Gagne is a member of the Flyers once again.

The Philadelphia Flyers acquired left winger Simon Gagne, 32, from the Los Angeles Kings, trading a conditional fourth-round pick to the west coast club.

Should the Flyers qualify for the playoffs this season, the Kings’ conditional pick will become a third-round selection in the 2013 draft.

Gagne, who played his first 10 seasons in the league with Philadelphia, has five assists in 11 games with the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings this season.

Montreal and Dallas also traded players.

On the surface, it’s a swap involving 35-goal scorers with nearly identical stats – a hockey deal.

But scratch a little and the Montreal Canadiens decision to ship Erik Cole to the Dallas Stars in favour of former Hab Michael Ryder was driven by cap considerations.

Crucially for Montreal, the 32-year-old Ryder is two years younger than Cole, and is in the final year of a contract that pays him $3.5-million (U.S.), whereas Cole has two years and $8-million (U.S.) left on his deal.

A player could be in big trouble - he faces needing to issue a public apology all the way to a lifetime ban.

A defenceman for the Nipissing University hockey team is under investigation after a video shows him punching a linesman in a weekend game.

Brett Cook, a 6-foot-1 sociology student from Orillia, Ont., can be seen punching Nicolas Piche twice in the video footage.

The images were taken during the third period of an 8-3 road loss against the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivieres on Saturday.