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from Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants at The Record,
Another good anecdote from Vigneault today came when he was asked about using Rick Nash as a penalty killer, as he is now and as Red Wings coach Mike Babcock did for Team Canada. Vigneault was asked whether he got the idea to use Nash as a penalty killer came from watching the Olympics, where Nash played on the fourth line and killed penalties.
“It’s funny it’s a combination of a few things,” Vigneault said. “Our last game against Detroit I was talking to Babs before the game and he said, ‘In Canada’s best interests, why don’t you start using him on the PK because we might use him there.’ I had already had him before in our thinking spreading the minutes around. I’m not a big fan of using players on both situations (power play and penalty kill) but Step’s (Derek Stepan is) our only right-handed centerman when he’s good I like using him there and I started using Nasher for different reasons, not just that Babs wanted me to help, and then all of a sudden, he had a couple of good shifts on it, played well, Cally (Ryan Callahan) leaves and we need another penalty killer. Zuccy (Mats Zuccarello) was hurt, that’s when it started. He’s doing pretty good, we’re going to continue to use him.”
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from Martin Merk of IIHF.com,
Zetterberg played in Sweden’s first game against the Czech Republic but hasn’t practised since due to back problems. He missed yesterday’s practice and didn’t join his team either in today’s pre-game skate for the match against Switzerland.
Team doctor Bjorn Waldeback addressed the media and said Zetterberg has a herniated disc. During the pre-game skate it became known that he will not only miss today’s game against Switzerland but that he will be out for the remainder of the Olympic men’s ice hockey tournament in Sochi and will fly home.
“He is still suffering from his back injury and it is so painful for him that he can't be in it any more. It is Z who has taken this decision together with me,” Waldeback said. “I think it is the cumulative load. There was no specific thing that happened in the game. The issues came the morning after. These are nerve-related issues and they often come creeping in. It is not one specific injury.
"[The NHL doctors] totally agree with us. When you suffer from a herniated disc the way he does, you need to go home for a medical evaluation."
“I spoke with Z on the evening after (Wednesday's) game and he didn't show any signs of feeling the slightest pain,” Swedish head coach Par Marts said. “Of course it's nothing one wishes for, but we have to see the possibilities and look forward.”
a bit more on Team Sweden...
Mike Babcock joined Sportnet's Hockey Central at Noon and talked Team Canada.
He also mentioned Datsyuk returning to the Wings on Thursday around the 13:50 mark.
Babcock on Hockey Central at Noon says he's been told Datsyuk will play Thursday.
from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
As for Pavel Datsyuk, it’s beginning to look more and more like his chances of participating in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, are getting slimmer and slimmer.
“Nope,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said shrugging his shoulders when asked if there was anything new on Datsyuk.
Datsyuk is the captain for Russia.
Asked if he would be back before the Olympics, Babcock said, “I don’t know. I’m just like you. I just keep asking.”
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And I’ll predict that the game will be against the Detroit Red Wings. I mean, the alumni game alone would be an automatic sellout. You want to see Peter Forsberg and Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic suit up against Darren McCarty and Mike Vernon and Kris Draper and all the other hated Wings one last time? Of course you do, and you will buy a ticket to see them one more time, even if some don’t show up. An Avs-Wings alumni game would be just so much fun – and I bet it would be a verycontentious game, which would make it that much more fun.
-Adrian Dater of All Things Avs where the headline reads "Denver a slam dunk to get NHL outdoor Winter Classic game next year". Dater also refers to the "Outdoor Winter Classic Series" in the story so somewhere along the line there is confusion since I thought Washington was awarded the Winter Classic game for next season.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The GMs, often vexed on trade deadline day or upon the opening of the free-agent market on July 1, can’t agree on what should happen if, say, a goal or a penalty would occur during the time between a missed out-of-bounds call and a stoppage to allow the review.
The solution would seem to apply the same standard as when a goal is missed and later awarded by Toronto, which would be to wind back the clock and allow the penalty to stand. No goal could be scored in what would be illegitimate time.
There is sentiment among at least a portion of GMs and league executives to remedy the situation and apply video review to out-of-play calls for the playoffs. But best intentions may not be enough. It is not so simple to enact a rule change in-season, unless, of course, it applies to Sean Avery (See: 2008 playoffs, The Avery Rule).
In order to adopt expanded video review for the playoffs, the league would require approval from the competition committee, followed by a unanimous vote from the Board of Governors, as opposed to the two-thirds majority that’s necessary to enact changes before a season.
Perhaps the two points that went to the Red Wings — and could have implications worth millions of dollars if Detroit makes the playoffs by that margin — are enough to jog the board into dramatic action. Surely it should.
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“The gold would mean a lot. Talk in Sweden began to pick up when they were about to pick the teams. We know Canada’s going to be good, a lot of teams will, but Sweden will have high expectations.”
-Nick Lidstrom on Team Sweden. Luke Fox of Sportsnet has more from Lidstrom, including Wings and Babcock talk.
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