One week around the NHL Dec. 27- Jan. 2
Entertaining tweet of the week
“Did troy palamalu just tackle ovie at the blue line?”
- Tweeted by BisNasty2point0, the official twitter of Phoenix’s Paul Bissonnette. I mean we were all thinking it, he just said it.
Players, Trades, and General Management
Goaltender Dwayne Roloson to Tampa Bay Lightning
The Islanders traded Roloson to Tampa Bay on Saturday for minor-league defenseman Ty Wishart, NHL.com reports. Roloson currently has a .916 save percentage.
James Wisniewski to Montreal Canadiens
The Islanders have been busy making a few changes, possibly in an attempt to better their team and move up from the bottom of the standings either this season or next. Defenseman Wisniewski was traded in exchange for a couple of draft picks.
A plethora of 7-something wins wrapped up 2010.
Drew Stafford, Buffalo Sabres
Stafford scored his fourth career hat trick Sunday against Boston to help the Sabres turn a 4-2 Boston game into a 7-6 Buffalo victory. He has 13 goals this season, but two hat tricks in his last eight games.
Mike Richards, Philadelphia Flyers
Captain Richards notched two goals and two assists to lead the Flyers to a 7-4 victory over the Kings on Thursday night. He has 37 points so far this season, 13 goals and 24 assists. His four point night helped the Flyers and goaltender Michael Leighton in his first game since last year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs to defeat L.A.
Patrick Eaves, Detroit Red Wings
Eaves scored the empty net to complete a hat trick and an assist against Dallas last Wednesday to seal the Wings’ 7-3 defeat of the Stars. It was his first career hat trick, and his sixth goal in the last seven games.
Injuries around the League
Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks, shoulder
Toews is the latest Blackhawk to obtain an injury. Just as Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa return, Captain Towes could be out for two weeks or more. He injured his shoulder in the Hawks’ 3-1 loss to Columbus on Tuesday evening. A check into the boards sent him out during the first period and he didn’t return to play the other two.
Jason Spezza, Ottawa Senators, shoulder
During the Senators 3-1 win over the Penguins last Sunday, a hit by Kris Letang has left Spezza out indefinitely with a shoulder injury. He left during the second period and did not return. Coach Cory Clouston said he hopes he will return this season and avoid surgery, nhl.com reports.
Games to Look Forward to
Canada vs. USA World Juniors, 7:30 pm Monday
The 2011 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship has been going on in Buffalo, NY at HSBC Arena creating some great match ups of hockey. Somehow I feel like it always comes down to a “showdown” between USA and Canada. They face each other for the semifinals tomorrow night. To find out more information about the juniors as well as television schedules, visit the official website.