Opening Faceoff: Tuesday, Jan. 8
By Jesse Connolly
Ilya Kovalchuk, the odds-on favorite to captain New Jersey this season, may stay in Russia. (Getty Images)
Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk has apparently enjoyed his time as CSKA’s captain so much that he might stay in the KHL. Greg Wyshynski has the details.
Syracuse.com’s Lindsay Kramer writes that the AHL is happy to welcome back its big brother and expects a strong second half of the season.
Alex Kovalev, who has tortured the Bruins during his lengthy NHL career (35 goals in 84 games), will be attending the Florida Panthers’ training camp.
Portland Pirates goalie Mark Visentin was named the AHL’s Player of the Week. He allowed just two goals on 89 shots in his last two starts.
Connecticut head coach Bruce Marshall, the all-time winningest coach in Huskies history, resigned from his position yesterday. He’d been on medical leave since November.
On this day in 1998, Jason Allison had a hat trick and Sergei Samsonov picked up three assists, leading the Bruins to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Coyotes. Nikolai Khabibulin allowed all five of Boston’s goals.
Today on NEHJ
We’ll have Mike Zhe’s latest Division 3 Journal and unveil Nos. 100-76 on our list of the 100 greatest players from New England.
Watch Al Roker talk about pooping his pants at the White House. Yes, I’m serious.