December 4, 2012

Opening Faceoff: Tuesday, Dec. 4

By Jesse Connolly

NHL commish Gary Bettman may be losing a key figure in the league's recent success from his staff. (Getty Images)

Good reads

The Globe's Chad Finn weighs in on WBZ's Steve Burton's report that the lockout could end by Wednesday night.

Greg Wyshynski explains why the potential departure of NHL COO John Collins could be costly for commissioner Gary Bettman and Co.

ESPN's Craig Custance explains why Team USA is going to be a force at the World Juniors.

Quick hits

NHL superstar Sidney Crosby will be among those in attendance at today's meeting between the players and owners.

The Manchester Monarchs have signed Bryan Rodney. The defenseman is a two-time AHL All Star.

History lesson

On this day in 1953, Bruing legend Rick Middleton was born. "Nifty" had 898 points in 881 games with the Black and Gold. He was inducted into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame in November.

Today on NEHJ

Stay tuned for Mike Zhe's latest Division 3 Journal, featuring Bowdoin College and the Polar Bears' success in the early going this season.

Entirely off-topic

As strange a headline as you'll ever see: Lady Gaga purchases Michael Jackson's costumes.

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