Penguins put Sidney Crosby back on IR…Will the Flyers and Eric Lindros reconcile?…Sharks Martin Havlat suffers freak injury…Patrick Sharp back in high-scoring form…Coyotes GM excited over return from Turris trade…Martin Brodeur talks about his future…Avalanche governor talks about his team’s rebuilding and the health of former GM Pierre Lacroix.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: The Pittsburgh Penguins have placed team captain Sidney Crosby on injured reserve again for concussion-like symptoms.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve previously cautioned about not leaping to conclusions about “the beginning of the end” of Crosby’s career, and while I maintain that opinion, I also have to acknowledge this is a troubling development. It’s believed Crosby re-injured himself in his last game by a glancing, accidental blow to his visor from Bruins forward David Krejci on contact initiated by the Penguins captain. No word on how long Crosby will be out.
PHILLY.COM: Mike Missanelli wonders if the Flyers organization and Eric Lindros can put their differences behind them and reconcile. Lindros has agreed to participate in the Winter Classic alumni game on New Year’s Eve.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe it’s possible. Former GM Bob Clarke, who publicly locked horns with Lindros and his family in the past, has endorsed his former captain for the Hockey Hall of Fame, and both recently claimed they’ve put their differences behind them.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Havlat does have a lengthy injury history, but this one was certainly a fluke.
SUNTIMES.COM: Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp is rounding back into form after missing training camp to an emergency appendectomy and is on a career-best eight-game point streak.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blackhawks have tried Sharp at center in the past but he’s clearly more comfortable on the wing.
AZCENTRAL.COM: Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney is excited about getting promising young defenseman David Rundblad as part of the return for shipping disgruntled center Kyle Turris to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was a bit surprising the Senators were willing to part with Rundblad, but their depth in young blueliners made it possible to give him up for Turris. Should be interesting to see how this trade works out for both clubs in the long run.
NEW YORK POST: Devils veteran goalie Martin Brodeur acknowledged the end of his career is drawing near, though he declined to say if this season would be his last. Brodeur also said he didn’t believe he would do something outside the Devils organization.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, ignore the silly rumors suggesting he’d accept a trade to another team by the trade deadline this season.
THE DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche governor Josh Kroenke talks about the struggles of his club’s current rebuilding efforts, as well as the serious health issues which have plagued former GM and Kroenke’s mentor Pierre Lacroix.