December 20, 2012

Opening Faceoff: Thursday, Dec. 20

By Jesse Connolly

Darth Quaider revealed he went under the knife in early October. (Getty Images)

Good reads

USA Today’s Kevin Allen explains why the proposed contract limitations could lead to more sign-and-trades in the NHL.

Blue Jackets forward Derek Brassard ditched Salzburg EC after a few weeks with the team. Regardless of how justified his departure may have been, the Austrian club is attempting to take legal action.

Well, here’s a big downer: Adam McQuaid is recovering from a blood clot surgery he underwent in October and probably won’t be fit to return – you know, if there’s a season – until late January or early February, according to CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty.

Quick hits

Team USA is taking on Sweden today in a pre-tournament game at the World Junior Championship. South Portland’s Jon Gillies and Bay State natives Matt Grzelcyk and Jim Vesey are in the lineup for Phil Housley’s squad.

History lesson

On this day in 2001, the Bruins spanked the visiting Canadiens by a score of 5-0. Rob Zamuner tallied twice for the Black and Gold, Bill Guerin (Wilbraham, Mass.) had a goal and an assist and Byron Dafoe stopped all 23 shots he faced to get the shutout. Jeff Hackett allowed all five goals on 32 shots for the Habs.

Today on NEHJ

We’ll have Kat Hasenauer Cornetta’s latest Women’s Journal, featuring former NU star Dani Rylan’s new venture: running a coffee shop she just opened in East Harlem, New York.

Entirely off-topic

You know who doesn’t get enough credit in this world? Homestar Runner.  It's been like 10 years since his heyday, and I still think these videos are awesome.

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