The brouhaha over Ilya Kovalchuk staying in Russia for the KHL All-Star Game, Tyler Seguin’s adventures with a dryer, the Dallas Stars teach the Cowboys how to troll, and more.

Ilya Kovalchuk intends to play in KHL All-Star Game.

Ilya Kovalchuk intends to play in KHL All-Star Game.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski reports on Ilya Kovalchuk’s decision to stay in Russia long enough to participate in the KHL All-Star Game on January 13 (before the NHL season opens), believing he’ll return to the New Jersey Devils soon afterward.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne has no issue with Kovalchuk or any other NHL players who played in the KHL during the lockout playing in its All-Star game if they were selected to participate. He believes it would’ve been a nice parting gesture by those NHL players to thank the league and its fans for giving them a place to play during the lockout. Can’t say I disagree with that logic.

CANUCKS CORNER: Tom Benjamin is embarrassed to be a hockey fan after this latest NHL lockout.

DEADSPIN: Tyler Seguin apparently had some difficulty living out on his own for the first time when he was in Switzerland during the lockout.

PENSION PLAN PUPPETS: The Toronto Maple Leafs have a lot more to apologize to their fans for besides the latest lockout. Like Harold Ballard and “JFJ”, to name but two.

SBNATION: Travis Hughes on how the Dallas Stars schooled the Dallas Cowboys in the fine art of internet trolling.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier present a biography of former Boston Bruin Murray Hamilton, who recently passed away at the age of 91.