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Patrice Bergeron Injures Hand In Loss To Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at TSN,

Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron left the game after being hit near the right wrist by a teammate’s slapshot early in the second period.

‘‘Patrice won’t travel to Ottawa with the team,’’ according to the team. ‘‘He is returning to Boston to be evaluated by our medical staff.’‘

more on the Bruins loss to the Rangers tonight…

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Big Names Needed To Draw Casual Hockey Fans

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from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

So, a quick post on the disappointing NBC rating for the New Year’s day Winter Classic. The overnight rating of 2.6 was down 10.3 percent from 2.9 a year ago. (A rating is the percentage of potential U.S. households tuned in.)...

The problem is, if you’re NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and desperate to be the person responsible for growing the NHL game in the United States, a close, well played game appeals only to hockey’s core audience. The casual fans couldn’t have cared less. Bring on the snow, and, hey, where are Alex and Sid? There were no big names in this game, which is to say Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby weren’t there.

  But let’s not get too serious about the Winter Classic. It’s a gimmick, a novelty that earns some extra money for the clubs, and, in a perfect world, would kick-start NBC’s NHL coverage.

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Kovalchuk To Chicago- Not That Easy

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from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Kovalchuk wants a lot of money, like $9 million or $10 million a year, and it’s hard to believe the Thrashers wouldn’t give him what he wants. Isn’t that a no-brainer, given the state of hockey in Atlanta? If Kovalchuk goes maybe the team does too.

Face it, the Hawks are going to be mentioned in every trade rumor from now well into until next summer because of their salary cap problems, so it’s easy for an exec to speculate he wouldn’t be surprised if the Hawks get involved in the Kovalchuk stuff once there is something to get involved with.

The Hawks do have a lot of assets, but how many of them would it take to get an elite player such as Kovalchuk?  I’m thinking possibly two top-nine forwards, a defenseman and maybe a high draft pick or two. That’s a lot to give up for a guy who might be just a rental.

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Why Even Have A Deadline For Olympic Rosters?

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

If NHL players continue to participate in the Olympics at the 2014 Sochi Games, here’s a suggestion. Scrap the deadline for announcing rosters given the inability of the International Ice Hockey Federation to govern even the simplest element of this process.

The idea of naming rosters early in the process allows member hockey federations, along with the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association, to market players and generate revenue and buzz for the tournament. But to do so, there needs to be some guidelines about what happens to those rosters once they’re announced and, more importantly, someone to enforce those guidelines.

more and other hockey topics too…

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Evening Line

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“This American team is coming in on a real high. They’ve got speed, they’ve got a lot of confidence. They’ve got a little bit of a thick skin that they built up,.  They want redemption, they want a chance to be able to get a lead on Canada this time and shut it down.

“This is going to be very interesting,” says McKenzie. “Because Canada is kind of wobbling into the gold medal game, and the Americans are flying.”

-Bob McKenzie of TSN on the WJC Gold Medal game tomorrow.  More on the game at TSN.

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No Off-Day For Struggling Pens

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from the CP at TSN,

Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario Lemieux watched most of the team’s lengthy 90-minute practice, which made it a different day than usual for the Stanley Cup champions.

The boss was in the house, and he clearly wasn’t there to socialize following the end of an 0-4 road trip.

The coach wasn’t very happy, either. Dan Bylsma originally scheduled a day off Monday following two games in Florida in as many days and before a home game against Atlanta on Tuesday. Instead he put his players through one of their longest practices of the season.

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Canucks Defense Takes A Hit

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from TSN,

The Vancouver Canucks received some awful news on the injury front Monday when they learned that they would be without defenceman Kevin Bieksa for up to three months with severed tendons in his left ankle.

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Burke Not Concerned About Team USA Leadership

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from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

Brian Burke and his managerial staff for Team USA don’t believe their club is short on leaders despite the fact this happens to be the youngest group of Americans headed to the Winter Olympics since NHL players were introduced to the Games.

In fact, Burke, who in the fall of 2008 began evaluating the Americans he would ultimately choose to represent his squad in Vancouver, felt leadership was something he and his staff spent plenty of time debating.

“When you assemble a team, especially for a short-term tournament, leadership is critical,” Burke told the media during a conference call Monday. “We spent a lot of time on this. We discussed the type of player; what role he might have, is he a Type A or Type B personality. Is he wearing a letter now? Has he worn a letter on the US Team before? These are all things we talked about in great, great detail and at great length.

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See? Dick Brought Us Luck.  Hank And Buckets Back This Week.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Stand the faux by.  Looks like somebody taught the Wings how to get healthy.  Crack ‘em if you got ‘em.

St. James

“I’m feeling a little bit better,” Zetterberg said. “I just have to make sure it’s the right time to go. I think we’re going to decide tomorrow—we’re going to decide after the morning skate. I’ll have a little regroup with the medical staff and see how I feel. Maybe I feel better tomorrow.”

Dan(ny) Cleary?  It’s looking like Thursday for him.  See below for a Babcock classic.

 

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A New Season For The Habs

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from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

After getting hammered 6-2 by the Sabres on Dec. 3, the Canadiens lost 4-3 on Dec. 14, and 1-0 yesterday; as Jacques Martin likes to say, and repeat, and repeat, it’s important to show constant improvement.

The Habs survived their 17-game month ’o hell, going 9-7-1. That’s no screaming hell, but they’ve managed to stay with the playoff pack, and with Andrei Markov and Gionta back, this is looking a lot more like the hockey team Bob Gainey assembled in the summer.

“We’re starting to come around finally . . . since getting all our players back I think it does feel like a new season,” Price said.

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