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from the News & Observer,
Carolina Hurricanes right wing Justin Williams will have reconstructive knee surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and will be out of action for four to six months, the team has announced.
Williams suffered the injury when he was hit in the offensive zone during the first period of Thursday night’s game against the Florida Panthers.
from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,
I just spoke with Wings general manager Ken Holland and he said Tomas Holmstrom won’t play Saturday at Minnesota because of an injured right knee. Holmstrom is flying back to Detroit and will have an MRI on Saturday morning….
“After the game we didn’t think it was anything significant,” Holland said. “He woke up this morning and it’s a little swollen and tender in some areas. He’s not playing tomorrow night.”
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via Lightning Strikes,
An update on center Craig MacDonald, who had to leave Thursday’s game after being hit in the mouth with a wrist shot from Maple Leafs defenseman Hal Gill.
The team said on Friday MacDonald lost nine teeth, five cleanly while four were shaved in half. He received numerous stitches to his tongue and the inside of his lower lip, and a few more on his chin.
As if that weren’t enough, Friday morning he needed three root canals.
Amazing that given all that damage he skated himself off the ice. He’s a hockey player.
from “The Scout” at Globe and Mail,
One of my contacts in the business is a Russian insider who grew up under the old Communist regime, who played for the Soviet Wings and worked for NHL teams . On the eve of the world juniors, I spoke with him to help us understand the Russian mentality these days….
Where do you see Russian hockey in five years? What has to be done to restore the glory?
Good coaches. There is a big change of coaches coming. Most of the coaches in the Elite league are over 60 years old. New guys will come. With their desire to create something, with their willingness to win, Russian hockey will step up and forward. It won’t take a long time and I am sure new Tarasovs and Tikhonovs are coming.
via Bruins Blog,
Glen Murray will most likely miss the next two games because of an injured hip flexor.
Murray didn’t practice today and Claude Julien said he will be re-evaluated after Christmas, making him unavailable tomorrow and Sunday against Pittsburgh. Murray left in the second period of last night’s game and didn’t return.
Peter Schaefer (bruised left foot) and Andrew Alberts (post-concussion syndrome symptoms) also didn’t practice and are questionable for tomorrow’s matinee against St. Louis.
In our “Friday Faceoff,” ESPN.com NHL writer Scott Burnside (based in Atlanta) and Toronto Star columnist and frequent ESPN.com contributor Damien Cox (based in Toronto) duke it out over any given hockey topic. Let the games begin!
This week’s topic: Is this season’s outdoor game a good or bad thing?
Damien: Actually, it’s endeavour. Not that you were born here in Canada or anything. The outdoor event? Oh sure, great idea. Well, great old idea. Or just old idea. Look, if people want to sit in a Buffalo snowdrift and “watch” an NHL game from 300 feet away, God bless ‘em. But don’t tell me this game should count in the standings. It makes a mockery of the game. You’ll have guys out there in toques playing on crappy ice hoping to get the wind for the third period.
from College Hockey News,
With people searching for answers for why Kyle Okposo left Minnesota for the NHL in mid-season, New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow provided some incendiary reasons.
In a phone interview conducted by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Snow, a former four-year goaltender for the University of Maine, placed the blame entirely upon the coaching ability of the Gophers’ Don Lucia.
“Quite frankly, we weren’t happy with the program there,” Snow told the paper. “They have a responsibility to coach, to make Kyle a better player, and they were not doing that.”
Thanks to those of you who participated in my spur-of-the-moment little hockey story contest the other day. For the cost of a $25 gift certificate to IceJerseys.com, I was grateful for the entertainment as we all wind down for the holidays.
By a random draw, the winner is BSalmon, who will be contacted by email to receive the prize.
Another Philadelphia Flyer has agreed to a contract extension. This time, it’s head coach John Stevens, who has agreed in principle to a one year extension.
from John McGourty of NHL.com,
It was seven years ago that “Pond of Dreams,” the Emmy-nominated short hockey film, was shown before the 2000 NHL All-Star Game in Toronto. Viewers of the national television broadcast and fans in the Air Canada Centre watched as young NHL stars Jaromir Jagr, Pavel Bure, Eric Lindros and Paul Kariya paid tribute to three retired greats – Gordie Howe, Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux – while playing pick-up hockey on a small Ontario pond.
“I’m Wayne Gretzky,” said one, unaware that Gretzky, Howe and Lemieux were walking toward them in the video.
“I’m Gordie Howe,” said the second.
“You’re always Gordie Howe,” chided a third.
Watch the video…
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