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from John McGourty of NHL.com,
Neither team emphasizes rough stuff these days. The Bruins take the eighth-fewest penalties and while the Flyers lead the league, a coaching change earlier this month was made to enforce team discipline. The Flyers have been winning recently by taking half as many penalties as before.
“It’s going to be interesting what style they play on the 1st,” Johnson said. “The Flyers cast themselves in the Broad Street Bullies image when they acquired Chris Pronger, in the mold of the 1970s teams coached by Fred Shero. But you need Bernie Parent to pull that off. Parent isn’t walking out the door of that dressing room and Kate Smith won’t be singing.”
The Flyers roughed up Orr pretty good in 1974 and Johnson hasn’t forgotten it. He also credits the Bruins’ success in Boston for Philadelphia becoming one of the 1967 expansion teams.
“I didn’t like those Flyers teams and what they did to Orr was a shame, like taking a hammer to the Pieta,” he said. “Orr put food on the table of everyone in hockey. It’s competition, but do it clean and proper, not a mugging.
“It is interesting that they chose the Flyers. (Flyers chairman) Ed Snider saw the success and appeal of the Bruins. In that era, we had the Celtics winning championships and the Bruins usually failing to make the playoffs, but the Celtics averaged 8,000 fans and the Bruins sold out the 13,909-seat Garden every game.
per Bob McKenzie’s Twitter,
Washington has traded Milan Jurcina to Columbus. Details to follow.
update 3:50pm, via Elliotte Friedman’s Twitter,
Full trade is Clark and Jurcina for Chimera. Wow.
added 4:05pm, Washington Capitals press release of the trade is below…
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired defenseman Milan Jurcina and forward Chris Clark from the Washington Capitals in exchange for forward Jason Chimera, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. The transaction is pending the completion of player physicals.
“We are pleased to add Chris Clark and Milan Jurcina to our hockey club. Both are veteran players who we believe will contribute significantly to our team,” said Howson. “We’d also like to thank Jason Chimera for his contributions to the Blue Jackets organization both on and off the ice over the past four-plus seasons.”
from the CP at TSN,
Sidney Crosby has always focused on carving out his own path. But his career is starting to resemble those of the great players who came before him.
The 22-year-old Pittsburgh Penguins captain was named The Canadian Press male athlete of the year Monday, joining an exclusive club by earning the recognition for a second time.
Only 12 hockey players have won the Lionel Conacher Award since it was established in 1932 and just six of those men have received it more than once. Crosby joins multiple-time winners Maurice (Rocket) Richard, Bobby Hull, Phil Esposito, Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Andreas Lilja doesn’t blame Mikael Samuelsson, his best friend and former teammate, for ripping Swedish Olympic officials for excluding him from the team.
Samuelsson told Vancouver reporters: “Probably going to get in trouble for this, but they (Team Sweden officials) can go (expletive) themselves.’‘
Lilja liked his reaction.
“I think it’s kind of nice when someone says what they really think instead of saying, ‘OK, it was their decision, nothing I can do about it,’ ‘’ Lilja said. “Nice that people show emotions because he’s (ticked off). I don’t blame him.’’
from Mihira Lakshman of CBC,
In the strongest words yet against a potential invasion by the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes, the owner of the Saskatoon Blades has pledged to do whatever it takes to protect his club’s status as the only hockey team in his rink.
The issue was raised when Ice Edge Holdings recently announced its plans to buy the Coyotes and play five games a season in the 14,659-seat Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon.
“There’s no question it would have an effect on our ticket sales,” Blades president and co-owner Jack Brodsky said.
It starts out kind of slow, but gets better…
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,
Lots of scuttlebutt across the hockey world right now that the Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals are on the verge of a trade.
A source within the Blue Jackets has confirmed that the Blue Jackets and Capitals have had serious trade talks, but also told The Dispatch today that the Blue Jackets are close with another club as well, but wouldn’t reveal the club.
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
Respected pundits are now musing that he’d be worth a top-six forward or a first-rounder in a trade (we’ll have what they’re having), and that maybe it’s a smarter move to ship out Carey Price.
Why, we even heard a normally reasoned commentator compare the plucky Slovak, whose agent is reportedly agitating for a move, to Patrick Roy the other night.
Which he surely is - minus the consistency, wins, shutouts, playoff dominance and championships.
This is not to hack on poor, old, hard-done-by, trade-me-right-friggin-now Jaro. Oh, no.
He has played quite well - and occasionally brilliantly - in his current string of four road wins, having been shelled for 1,983 shots over that period (well, given the excitement, it might as well have been that many).
NEW YORK (December 28, 2009)—Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halak, Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane and Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Dec. 27.
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
According to sources, the Wild will be without right wing Chuck Kobasew for four to six weeks with a sprained MCL. There’s also some damage to the ACL, but the swelling needs to decrease before the extent is determined. Kobasew’s scored four goals and five assists in 27 games since being acquired from Boston.
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