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Media Members Test the Ice at Heinz Field

See? Now here’s exactly why next year I may opt to cover the Winter Classic instead of the All-Star Game: For the chance to exhibit my skating prowess alongside my fellow media types, of course!

From ESPN.com:

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Getzlaf Placed on IR With Multiple Sinus Fractures

Via TSN:

Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf has been placed on injured reserve after a CT scan showed multiple nasal sinus fractures in his face.

Getzlaf took a puck to the forehead during Anaheim’s 3-1 win in Phoenix on Tuesday night.

He will undergo additional tests with a specialist on Friday to determind further treatment and to estimate how long Getzlaf might be out of the Ducks’ lineup.

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NHL Expects Winter Classic to Go On as Scheduled

From CBC Sports:

The NHL expects the Winter Classic to be held as scheduled at 1 p.m. ET on New Year’s Day.

NHL chief operating officer John Collins says the outdoor game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals (airing live on CBC and CBCSports.ca) will go ahead as planned at Heinz Field.

Saturday’s weather forecast is calling for rain showers and warm temperatures.

However, Collins says the league remains optimistic that it will be played.


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Blues May Have Found Their Investor

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

SCP Worldwide’s seven-month search for a major investor in the Blues could be over by the end of January.

Blues owner Dave Checketts is in New York today pouring over the documents that will keep SCP in control of the club and him as the front man of the organization.

Checketts would not disclose the identity of the investors, but said there is “more than one group,” and he also said publicly for the first time that TowerBrook Capital Partners would not be divesting all of its interest in the Blues, as TCP indicated it would in May.

“I can see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Checketts told the Post-Dispatch. “Our investor group is 95 percent assembled ... now during the next few weeks, we’ll work on league approvals and getting everything done and wrapped up. I said in Florida at the (NHL) Board of Governors meeting that I thought this would happen in the early part of the year, and I think that’s still true.”

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TO Review

from Jeff Rimer of BlueJackets.com,

As for our night here in Toronto, last night a group of us that included all the broadcasters, Ryan Holtmann of the PR staff and Julie Gamble who handles all the CBJ’s travel ventured over to the new Real Sports Bar and Grill, which is part of the Maple Leafs empire. ESPN has labled it “North America’s #1 Sports Bar!” and for what it’s worth I would wholeheartedly agree. It’s amazing everywhere you look there are giant TV’s and there must have been five or six games available on all the TV’s. The huge screen which is the center piece of the establishment is a movie theatre sized TV in HD and the picture quality is superb. It had the World Junior Championships game between Team Canada and Team Norway in full view with a pro Canada crowd on hand.

For Columbus hockey fans a trip here to Toronto is a must. In addition to perhaps checking this place out, seeing a hockey game and visiting the Hockey Hall of Fame is a must. It’s a six and a half hour drive from Central Ohio and well worth the trip.

After dinner George Matthews, Bill Davidge, my son - who works in the media here in Toronto - headed over to the NHL’s War Room, which is around the corner from the Real Sports Bar and just 50-feet from the Air Canada Centre.

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Video- Touching All The Hockey Bases

The HockeyCentrral guys, especially Nick Kypreos, was not a fan of Malkin’s game last night.

Numerous topics discussed, including Crosby’s streak coming to an end, does Osgood belong in the HHOF and many more topics…

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  Tags: sportsnet

On The Fly Talks Wings

Players playing to their strength.

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Teams Have Players To Sell

from Damien Cox of The Spin,

While many would love to see Leaf GM Brian Burke start dumping players for picks like Snow did with Wisniewski, that appears not to be Burke’s priority at the moment. Instead, he’d like to find a way to get some help for his beleaguered coach by acquiring some talent from another club..

Of the teams scraping the bottom of the NHL right now - the Leafs, Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Islanders, Devils, Florida, Buffalo - it’s an interesting debate as to which clubs are best positioned for success in the not-too-distant future. The Oilers have the best single prospect in Taylor Hall, although Long Island still believes John Tavares will be a star someday. The Panthers are building a future around Erik Gudbranson but have chronic money problems. The Sabres have lots of young players and prospects, but like Toronto, lack that one superb, blue-chipper. Calgary and Jersey have big messes to clean up before they can start rebuilding, precisely the process the Leafs have already gone through over the past two years.

All of these clubs have something to sell over the next two months. Now we’ll see who is buying.

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Wisniewski May Not Be The Help The Habs Need

from Ryan Dixon of The Hockey News,

Circumstance no doubt played a role in Wisniewski leaving Long Island with a team-worst minus-18 rating, but it’s safe to say he is not the stabilizing force the Habs blueline presently lacks.

As mentioned, his bread and butter is in an area where the Canadiens are already feasting a bit, on the man advantage. OK, feasting is a strong word, but even with Andrei Markov on the shelf, the Habs have climbed to the middle of the pack in terms of power play percentage after an atrocious start to the year in that area. Problem is, Montreal needs to be better than that because it can’t consistently produce goals at 5-on-5. In their past three outings, the Canadiens have just two even-strength tallies.

All three of Wisniewski’s goals this year (two of which, ironically, came against Montreal) have been on the PP, where 13 of his 21 points also originated. His task is to use that cannon of his to propel the Canadiens up the power play charts and relieve the burden on the overall attack.

The big question, though, is whether he can boost the goal total without increasing the burden on an already-overworked Price.

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How’s Getzlaf?

via Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog,

Ryan Getzlaf’s facial injury sounded more severe than first thought given coach Randy Carlyle’s description of the Ducks captain.

Getzlaf took a puck to his forehead on Tuesday night against Phoenix and left the game. He was not at Honda Center as he was told to stay home and keep the swelling down after he needed 10 stitches to close the cut.

“There’s quite a gash there,” Carlyle said. “He had bleeding into his nasal cavity … and he felt nauseous at times because of the blood draining into his stomach.”

Carlyle said it was too early to determine when Getzlaf would be available “until we see a little bit more of him and where he’s at at the rink.”

Missed the play?  Watch it below…

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