The NHL has cancelled all visits to Ann Arbor this month to check out the Big House in advance of Januarys Winter Classic, according to the Detroit Free Press. So that would certainly push some to make the leap that the Winter Classic is in danger of getting pulled into the undertow amid the NHL lockout. Uh-oh.
Providence Bruins forward and UMass-Lowell alum Bobby Robins has his own websiteblog, and its pretty damned entertaining. Good writing from a scrappy kid that can also fight. Who would have thought?
Does it make sense for Markham, Ontario to build a major arena without a pro sports team already in place to support the facility? Probably not, but it makes you wonder what kind of certainty they have about getting a franchise in the future, doesnt it?
Some fun facts about the WHA, but this link is really all about a funny picture of an 18-year-old Wane Gretzky blowing out the candles on a birthday cake.
Dominik Hasek retires at 47 years old after not getting any interest from the NHL when he announced his comeback. This is Haseks third retirement announcement. This is not a recording.
Good piece by Roy MacGregor detailing that its not always pucks at play in NHL labor talks, and many times it comes down to owners and high-powered execs on massive ego trips. Shocking? Well, not really.
For something completely different: John Cusack joined Peter Gabriel on stage at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend and was carrying a boombox when Gabriel went into In Your Eyes. Thats pretty cool for anyone that digs the 1980s.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching the Montreal Canadiens crash and burn in the Atlantic Division.
*Max Pacioretty is certainly falling on his sword up in Montreal calling himself “the worst one on the ice” as the Habs really struggle to get going this season.
*Brad Marchand was on the Twitter machine after Thursday night’s win and having some fun with what his video game controller probably looks like when he plays hockey.
*Pro Hockey Talk has the details of the Erik Gudbranson boarding hit on Frank Vatrano from last night that looks like it’s going to get the Vancouver D-man suspended.
*Oliver Ekman-Larsson is still adjusting to the changes that are taking place with the Arizona Coyotes as they struggle in the desert.
*The Maple Leafs are looking and acting like contenders early on up in Toronto, and that would be a very good thing for the NHL.
*For something completely different: The Backstreet Boys are going country? Now I’ve definitely seen it all.
BRIGHTON, Mass – Another serious injury has hit the Bruins in the first few weeks of the season.
Adam McQuaid’s right leg is broken, he'll have surgery Monday and he’ll miss some significant time after he blocked a shot that knocked him out of the Thursday night victory over the Vancouver Canucks. The rugged, stay-at-home defenseman took multiple pucks of in successive games off his leg in the past two games against the Golden Knights and the Canucks.
Bruins GM Don Sweeney, in a Bruins statement released after practice Friday, said McQuaid sustained a broken right fibula and is scheduled to have surgery on Monday at Mass. General Hospital. He is expected to miss approximately eight weeks.
It’s a tough blow for McQuaid, 31, after he was able to play 77 games last season before missing the playoffs with an injury and has consistently battled injuries in his career while playing a hard-nosed, fearless brand of hockey.
“Adam [McQuaid] is seeing the doctors as we speak, so there will be an announcement about him,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said earlier Friday at practice. “With Bergie [Patrice Bergeron] it’s a maintenance day where we felt it would be better after 20 minutes of ice to let it rest, and the same with [David] Krejci. Miller is a maintenance day as well. He got whacked, but he should be fine as well. We’ll have a better idea in the morning, but we expect all of the [maintenance players] to play.”
Bergeron, David Krejci and Kevan Miller were all missing from practice on Friday morning at Warrior Ice Arena, but it was maintenance days for all as they’re expected to be back in the lineup on Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres.
Tuukka Rask is out indefinitely while in the concussion protocol after his practice collision earlier this week, but the good news is that Bruins goaltender was up and around at the practice facility on Friday rather than at home convalescing in a dark room.
Here are the line combos and D-pairings for the Black and Gold with a few bodies missing from practice: