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Wow. The man's barely skated since he retired, but the Red Wings are reporting that Steve Yzerman will play in the Alumni Showdown:
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that former captain Steve Yzerman has committed to the team’s alumni roster for the 2013 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown™ on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Comerica Park as part of the 2013 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™.
“Steve is one of the greatest Red Wings players ever,” said Red Wings general manager Ken Holland. “His presence at the Alumni Showdown makes a great day even better.”
from Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News,
Vigneault said Staal, 26, has been in contact with Michigan-based neurologist Dr. Jeffrey Scott Kutcher, the same specialist who has treated Rangers forwards Rick Nash and Taylor Pyatt. Kutcher, though, "doesn't feel the need to see (Staal in person) at this point," the coach said.
"Marc has been diagnosed with a concussion here," Vigneault said before Staal missed a second straight game, Tuesday night's match with the visiting Nashville Predators. "We've been advised by our doctors that they don't feel it's as serious as what he might have had in the past, so he's feeling better, and we'll take it day-by-day … He got in contact with the gentleman from Detroit that we've used in the past, but he doesn't feel the need to see him at this point."
Staal took a shoulder to the chin from Devils forward Reid Boucher 6:41 into the third period of Saturday night's 4-3 overtime loss at the Garden. On Sunday, Vigneault had said Staal was having "neck issues" and experiencing "symptoms," but doctors still weren't sure at that point whether he'd been concussed.
Here is the video of the hit...
Dion Phaneuf on his suspension, via Jonas Siegel tweets,
Phaneuf (1/2): "I have taken pride in playing a physical game for a long time...and I have taken pride in playing within the rules...
Phaneuf (2/2): "...and doing it the right way. So I am disappointed in the hit and the suspension."
added 3:23pm, Watch below as Phaneuf meets with the media today...
Missed how he was injured? Watch it here.
Numerous reports stating Dion Phaneuf has been suspended two games for his hit on Kevan Miller.
More information will be posted when it becomes available.
added 2:20pm, Watch below as Shanahan explains the suspension...
from Stephen Whyno of the CP at the Brandon Sun,
Several general managers bought into Bettman's notion that a higher salary cap is good for everyone because it means more money.
"I think you have to look at it from a holistic point of view," St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong said. "If the cap increases that means revenue is increasing and the pie is getting bigger. I think we all have to be excited about that."
That even goes for smaller-market teams. The cap floor this season is $44 million, and it's expected to be about $52 or $53 million next year.
According to CapGeek, the only team with a cap number of less than $52 million is the Florida Panthers. Winnipeg Jets chairman Mark Chipman said his team will be fine with the higher cap and floor.
“It doesn't affect us," Chipman said. "There's a rising tide for sure and we're quite comfortable with where we rank in terms of revenue production."
For bigger-market teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers, it's just more money to spend.
"It's always nice to have more money," Gillis said, noting the Canucks will always spend up to the cap. "It doesn't matter what you are. It's nice to have more money. It gives us more flexibility to continue to try and improve and compete for a Stanley Cup. That's our objective."
PERRY POWERS DUCKS
The Ducks (21-7-5, 47 points) scored four unanswered goals to record their third consecutive victory and tie the Blackhawks (21-6-5, 47 points) for the most points in the NHL. Corey Perry found the back of the net twice, including a highlight-reel goal from his knees with 1.7 seconds remaining in the second period.
* The Ducks improved to 11-0-2 this season at Honda Center, the club’s best home start in franchise history. They remain the only team undefeated in regulation at home in 2013-14. Since the 2005-06 season, only one other team has played its first 13 home games without a regulation loss (2008-09 Sharks: 20-0-2).
* The Ducks have earned at least one point in eight of their past nine games overall (6-1-2), including six straight (4-0-2).
from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
Joe Colborne was no different than any self-respecting, red-blooded Calgary kid back in the day. He had the merchandise.
“The sweater?” blurts the homegrown centreman, taken slightly aback that you even had to ask. “Oh yeah. Of course I had one. A No. 12. With the nameplate? What do you think? With everything.
“Can’t remember when I got it exactly. Christmas? Birthday? I don’t know.
“I got it just . . . just . . . well, just because. Because he was my favourite player. Because he was EVERYONE’s favourite player.
“It seemed every person in town had one of those sweaters. You’d see so many 12s walking around on game days you couldn’t keep count. Now it could be a Monahan or a Baertschi or a Giordano. Back then you knew what you’d see when you got to the rink — an awful lot of 12s.”
Apt to be a few floating around the Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday night, too, leftover remnants from what is now officially a bygone era, as Jarome Iginla marks his competitive return to this town.
By Tom Murray,
It was a cheap and dirty act, intentional and irresponsible. And the result could have been far worse than it turned out to be.
No. Not Shawn Thornton’s attack on Brooks Orpik last Saturday night. More on that in a bit.
This happened just a few moments earlier in the first period of that game in Boston between the Bruins and Penguins. After being tripped up by Sidney Crosby, Bruins forward Brad Marchand was on all fours, scrambling to get back into the play when the left knee of Penguins forward James Neal connected with Marchand’s head, knocking him back to the ice and spinning him around 180 degrees. Replays clearly show Neal moving to his left, away from a clear skating path, and then heading right for Marchand, flexing his left knee into Marchand’s head as he skates by him.
“It’s the dirtiest thing I might have seen this year,” said CBC’s P.J. Stock, “and that’s what you have to get out of the game.”
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