The NHL holiday trade freeze is in effect…Rene Bourque, Milan Lucic suspended…Ian White brings pluses to Red Wings blueline…Injuries strike Rangers defense again…Ryan Miller working to improve his game…Martin Havlat to miss at least one game… Mike Knuble approaching career milestone…Ray Emery a nice catch for the Blackhawks…Ed Jovanovski sees parallels between two Panthers teams…Lightning’s Bruno Gervais remains patient…Patrick Roy would consider NHL coaching offers.

KUKLA’S KORNER: The NHL Christmas “roster freeze” regarding trades, waivers and loans is in effect until midnight on December 27.

CALGARY SUN: Flames forward Rene Bourque received a two-game suspension for hitting Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook from behind.

Lucic receives one-game suspension.

BOSTON HERALD: Bruins forward Milan Lucic received a one-game suspension for a hit on Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo.

NEW YORK POST: The Rangers defense corps has been hit by injuries again, this time with Steve Eminger sidelined and Jeff Woywitka likely out.

BUFFALO NEWS: Ryan Miller is working overtime to improve his game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Miller is on pace for his worst season since taking over as the Sabres starting goalie in 2005-06.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: Sharks winger Martin Havlat will miss at least one game after suffering a freak leg injury over the weekend when he attempted to jump onto the ice to join the play.

MIAMI HERALD: Ed Jovanovski sees parallels for the Panthers success this season, not just with the 1996 Panthers, whom Jovanovski played with as a rookie, but also the 2009-10 Phoenix Coyotes, which he was also a part of.

WASHINGTON POST: Mike Knuble is approaching his 1, 000 NHL game, and has been a consistent presence for the Capitals.

MLIVE.COM: Defenseman Ian White has brought many pluses to the Red Wings blueline this season.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Ray Emery has proven to be a good catch for the Blackhawks, with a 9-1-2 record this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I was surprised there wasn’t more interest in Emery in the off-season, as his performance last season with the Ducks indicated he was fully recovered from career-threatening hip surgery and had also matured in his attitude. Several NHL GMs lacking goaltending depth (hello there, Columbus Blue Jackets and Tampa Bay Lightning) are likely kicking themselves now.

TAMPABAY.COM: Frequent scratch Bruno Gervais is staying positive as he fights for ice time with the Lightning.

DENVER POST: Patrick Roy would listen to coaching offers from the Colorado Avalanche and Montreal Canadiens.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The fans and media in Montreal will be praying for the emotional, outspoken “St. Patrick” to swoop in and magically save the Canadiens, just like Dale Hunter did with the Washington Capitals….oh, wait…