Morning Links: Day 72 of lockout

  • Wayne Simmonds said his return from Europe had nothing to do with the racial taunts he faced and he had to return for family reasons. (Philadelphia Daily News)

  • Fans used the Operation Hat Trick charity game as an opportunity to express their feelings about commissioner Gary Bettman, shouting “Fire Bett-man!” during the game. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • Mario Lemieux has built a $20 million mansion in a resort area north of Montreal. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

  • Blake Geoffrion was cleared to return home after undergoing emergency surgery for a depressed skull fracture he suffered during an AHL game. (The Tennessean)

  • Former NHL enforcer Chris “Knuckles” Nilan is sharing his right to overcome drug and alcohol addiction, saying, “I was playing Russian roulette with five bullets in the chamber.” (Boston Globe)

  • The Rangers are frustrated because they feel like this is their window to win a Stanley Cup and the lockout could rob them of that chance. (Daily News)

  • There is already interest in doing a second charity hockey game after the success of Saturday’s event. (Courier Post)

  • Luke Richardson is getting rave reviews in his first stint as a head coach, leading the Senators’ AHL affiliate in Binghamton, N.Y. (Ottawa Citizen)