NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 31, 2011.

Bobrovsky or Byrzgalov for the Winter Classic?…Ducks to honor J.S. Giguere…Rangers waiver Avery…again…Pierre McGuire misses the WJC…A year to forget for the Hurricanes…Scotty Bowman to receive the Order of Canada…Speed not the reason for rise in concussions.

PHILLY.COM: Backup Sergei Bobrovsky’s performance could see him get the nod to start in goal over Ilya Bryzgalov for the Flyers in the upcoming Winter Classic.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bryzgalov’s done nothing this season to justify his expensive new contract. Perhaps riding the pine for the Winter Classic will provide the motivation he needs to get back on track.

Giguere returns to Anaheim for first time since 2010..

LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Anaheim Ducks will honor goaltender J.S. Giguere tonight when he returns to Anaheim with the Colorado Avalanche for the first time since he was dealt in 2010 to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Giguere signed with the Avs this summer as an unrestricted free agent.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Ducks never would’ve made it to two Stanley Cup finals, or won the Cup in 2007, without Giguere. Here’s hoping he’s given a warm reception by Ducks fans.

NEW YORK POST: Sean Avery is hoping another club will claim him off waivers. The Rangers placed him on waivers for the second time yesterday.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Luke DeCock looks back on a year to forget for the Carolina Hurricanes.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: NBC hockey analyst Pierre McGuire misses covering this year’s World Junior Hockey championships. McGuire used to provide color commentary during the games for TSN prior to his full-time move to NBC this year.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Love him or hate him, or love to hate him, but McGuire’s insight and enthusiastic commentary helped TSN turn the WJC into a must-see event.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Hall of Fame coach and current Blackhawks executive Scotty Bowman will receive the Order of Canada.

TORONTO STAR: Damien Cox argues the increased speed of the NHL game isn’t the culprit for the rise in concussion injuries in recent years.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Speed may be a contributing factor, but it’s a minor one at best. The last thing the NHL should do is revert back to the way the game was played between 1995 to 2004, the infamous “Dead Puck Era” which sucked the life out of the NHL product.

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  1. You mean McGuire ruined it.