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Eve of New Years Eve wrap up

More Honors for Scotty Bowman

Scotty Bowman at the 2006 NHL Awards. Vancouve...

Hockey Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman can now add the Order of Canada to his list of incredible career accolades. Bowman joins the likes of Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux as honorees. The Order of Canada recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Bowman, currently an adviser to the Blackhawks also won 9 Stanley Cups while coaching the Canadiens, Penguins and Red Wings and is the current record holder for regular season wins (1244) and playoff wins (223). Bowman retired from coaching in 2002.

Alfredsson’s 400th Goal

A big Bleacher Bums congrats to Ottawa Senators winger Daniel Alfredsson in netting his 400th career NHL Goal in tonight’s come from behind OT win over the Calgary Flames. The goal came in his 1088th game in a career that has spanned 15 years.  Way to go, Alfie!

Injury News and Updates

You’ve got to be wondering if there is indeed a hockey future for Sidney Crosby who has spent the last month battling concussion like symptoms almost a month since he was last on the ice. Despite passing his ImPACT tests, Sid continues to battle with headaches and the like. In the team’s first update on his status in over 2 weeks, the Pens indicated that Crosby is performing light workouts but is not skating and no timetable has been set for him to resume skating.

English: Dallas Stars forward Brenden Morrow p...

Speaking of losing team captains, the Dallas Stars can sympathize (to a degree) with Pittsburgh having lost Brenden Morrow for an unknown amount of time due to a left knee injury that occurred after it deflected a puck, causing him to leave the game early. This is the same knee he had issues with in the preseason and the Stars have given non indication  when they believe he will return.  So far this season, Morrow has 7 Goals, 10 Assists and 17 points.

As if the Columbus Blue Jackets needed any more bad news (a dismal 10 win season is not  great news), star defenseman James Wisniewski will be out for an estimated 6  weeks with a fractured left ankle after blocking Stars forward Mike Ribeiro’s shot midway through the second period last night.  Wisniewski signed a 6 year, $33 million contract with Columbus this offseason and he’s collected 17 points in 29 games for them so far this year.

Avery waived by the Rangers, again


Just like the caption reads. Looks like the Rangers are clearing roster space for players who may be ready to return to the ice soon. After being placed on waivers and clearing in October, Avery and the Rangers relationship has been one of necessity more than anything else.  Avery spent a week in the AHL’s Connecticut affiliate before being called back to the NHL roster after an injury to Mike Rupp early in the season. Coach Tortorella has never disguised his displeasure with Avery and, since his recall had played 15 games, scoring 3 goals but averaging only 7 minutes TOI. Prior to the waiver, Avery was a healthy scratch in the teams last 9 games.

This is beginning to feel and read a lot more like a soap opera script than anything else, but truth has always been stranger than fiction. Now all I need is the voice over narrator from the old Batman TV series: “ Will Sean Avery clear waivers? Will he play for the Rangers again this year?? Stay tuned for our next episode…”

  1. December 31, 2011 at 5:16 am

    Congrats to Scotty Bowman–another well-deserved honor to the best of the best! Thanks for the update. Cheers for a great 2012,

    • December 31, 2011 at 5:53 am

      Agreed! I could have devoted an entire article to Bowman’s long and illustrious career, let alone compiling a list of all the players he coached! He truly got to work with the best of the best. Lemieux, Yzerman, Guy Lafleur. What an amazing career and the Order of Canada was the icing on the cake.

  2. December 31, 2011 at 6:44 am

    … Serge Savard, Ken Dryden, that great team of the early 70’s… must have been amazing to have been in the Forum back then, if you could get tickets… You ever watch any of those classic games on iTunes? Great fun!

    • December 31, 2011 at 8:12 am

      I watched quite a few highlights of Bowman coached teams for refresher research on youtube. Of course, the video quality is probably not as great.

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