December 12, 2012

Opening Faceoff: Wednesday, Dec. 12

By Jesse Connolly

It's safe to assume that, one way or another, Peter Chiarelli is keeping close tabs on his players over in Europe, just like the other 29 NHL GMs are. (Getty Images)

Good reads

Good debate posed by Greg Wyshynski: How much contact do NHL GMs have with their players in Europe?

The Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa profiles P-Bruins netminder Niklas Svedberg and how the Swede’s starting to get used to North American play.

Rangers goaltender and reigning Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist talks about how much he misses the game in an exclusive piece for the New York Post.

Great stuff from Scott Burnside on former BC Eagle and all around good guy Stephen Gionta, who’s heading back to play for Albany on an AHL deal after earning his first one-way, NHL contract with the Devils.

Quick hits

Chad Johnson stopped 28-of-29 and David Rundblad tallied 3:14 into overtime, leading the Pirates to a 2-1 win over the visiting Sound Tigers last night in Portland.

Yale doubled up UMass by a score of 4-2 last night. Merrimack beat Army by the same score.

History lesson

Happy birthday to Johnny “Pie” McKenzie, who turns 75 today. McKenzie, a Bruin from 1966-72, had 396 points in 453 regular season games with the Black and Gold. The 5-foot-9 winger was a key contributor during each of the Cup runs he was a part of, notching 34 points in a combined 29 playoff contests in ’70 and ’72 – two seasons that saw him play in the NHL All-Star Game.

Today on NEHJ

Stay tuned for Shawn Hutcheon’s latest Juniors Journal, featuring the AJHL’s Connecticut Wolfpack.

Entirely off-topic

ABC aired the 1970 Christmas classic, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, last night. Despite being 27 and fully cognizant of its cheesiness, I still think it’s awesome. 

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