When the puck drops between Canada and Russia before a screaming, soldout crowd at G.M. Place, it will be the fifth time since 1999 the two countries have met in the world junior final. The Russians have won three of the previous four meetings and are confident they will win again.
Veteran winger Alexander Mogilny was placed on waivers by the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday, a day after the return of Patrik Elias. The return of Elias put the Devils just under the $39-million US salary cap. Should another club claim Mogilny and his $3.5-million salary off waivers, that would give the Devils a little more breathing room under the cap.
USA coach Walt Kyle’s challenge is convincing his players that a bronze medal is a symbol of success, not failure, when they play Finland Thursday at the World Junior Hockey Championships.
Peter Forsberg doesn’t think he has been pulling his weight on the Flyers’ top line lately. He has one goal and three assists in his last five games.