JR – Prepare to be Slapped

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If Jeremy Roenick was picking the roster for the U.S. Olympic team, he would be on it. “There’s no question I think I should be on the team,” Roenick said. “I’ve represented the team very well in the past, and there’s only a couple of Americans who have more points than I do. I would be extremely disappointed if I wasn’t picked. I would consider it a slap in the face.”

Kovalev to miss 3-4 weeks after surgery

High-scoring Alexei Kovalev of the Montreal Canadiens is expected to miss three to four weeks after he has knee surgery Tuesday. Kovalev is second on the team with 19 points, including seven goals in 18 games. He’s a major cog on the first line — and on Montreal’s top power-play unit — with captain Saku Koivu and fellow wing Richard Zednik.

Martin St. Louis out 2-4 weeks

According to the report, St. Louis fractured a bone on the tip of his finger and a fractured nail bed after taking a shot off his left hand during practice.
The Tribune reported that St. Louis was taken to the hospital and underwent a surgical procedure to remove the nail and reattach it.


Injured Primeau wants Gagne to wear ‘C’

Simon Gagne has been reluctant to fill in as Flyers captain while Keith Primeau recovers from a concussion.
But the time may be coming when Gagne has no choice.
The Flyers are feeling some pressure from on-ice officials to have a designated captain to resolve issues that take place on the ice.
Primeau, out since Oct. 30 but reportedly feeling better, said he endorses giving Gagne the “C.”

An Interview with Alexander Semin

Alexander Semin’s rights are held by the Washington Capitals but he either doesn’t want to or cannot play for the team because of military service. It’s all a bit weird.

NHL Fining Divers

According to the Los Angeles Times, Avery was notified on Thursday that the league was fining him $1,000 for an alleged dive in a November 3 game against the Phoenix Coyotes.
Avery is appealing the fine through the NHL Players Association.

Bertuzzi’s hat trick clips Red Wings
Todd Bertuzzi showed flashes of his old self in scoring three goals to give the Canucks a 4-1 win and hand the Red Wings their first road loss of the season. The sellout crowd of 18,630 littered the ice with hats when Bertuzzi scored off a backhand on a breakaway, beating Detroit goalie Manny Legace on the glove side, at 15:01 of the second period.
Hitchcock skips part about the penalty kill

Copied and collated for his convenience before every game is a book of updated NHL stats. So, although the Flyers recently have been succeeding where it counts the most – in the Page One standings of that stats book – Hitchcock needs only to skip several pages to see a more disconcerting, black-and-white reality.
His team is last in the league in penalty-killing, which Hitchcock has referenced as the most important part of any good playoff team’s game. And that was before the renewed enforcement of obstruction rules relegated NHL games to power-playathons.

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