Hockey Headlines: Dennis Wideman Returns; Evgeni Malkin Injured

A collection of the latest news from around the world of hockey:

Is shrinking goalie equipment a realistic and/or necessary solution? [National Post]

The great story of Panthers forward Rocco Grimaldi. [Along the Boards]

Marc-Andre Fleury become the 4th fastest goalie to reach 350 wins. Fleury is one of those guys who no one seems to trust, yet his stats speak for themselves. People doubt first and believe second when it comes to MAF, and perhaps that reputation is somewhat earned. But give credit where credit is due. Fleury plays for a team that consistently underachieves and is decimated by injuries every season. He has been the Pens MVP this year. It might be time to call him an upper-echelon goalie in this league. [Today’s Slapshot]

The Penguins still aren’t a lock for a playoff spot, and even if they get in, they will be in tough to win a round. In order for the Pens to have success, they have to be healthy. But, for the Penguins, that really seems like an impossibility. [Yahoo Sports]. Update: Malkin has returned to Pittsburgh to be evaluated.

(We know how the refs feel about it)

The league isn’t too happy about the ruling either. [Calgary Herald]

Dennis Wideman spoke about his suspension being reduced, after it was too late for his suspension to be reduced. [Sportsnet]

The whole incident was just bizarre from start to finish. [ESPN]

Things are starting to look up in St. Louis. [NBC Sports]

Carl Gunnarsson has signed a new contract with the Blues. [The Hockey News]

The Dallas Stars flexed their muscles against the champs. [Sportsday]

And finally, it’s hard not to look ahead to the offseason, where the Rangers will be a facing a salary cap crunch. [Full Tilt NYR]