"The questions for anyone after surgery are ‘How fast do you want to come back? How hard do you want to test your body’s limits?’ " Stalock said from home. "I’ve never had a serious injury before, so I’m finding out what it takes to recover. Walking was a big day for me. That was a big step." Doctors have told the former Minnesota Duluth All-American that he cannot have contact in his sport for one year from his surgery date. That means Stalock could resume on-ice training in February, 2012, at the earliest, near the end of the regular season with the Worcester (Mass.) Sharks.>>Duluth News Tribune
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Part of what baffled the Canucks was that just last series against San Jose, they felt the Sharks delivered two dangerous -- and potentially suspension-worthy -- hits that were never disciplined. Daniel Sedin was the recipient of one of them, and Rome the other. "Romer gets killed down in San Jose and nothing happens, and obviously now he laid the hit and he gets four games," Daniel Sedin said. "It's a tough call. I've seen the same kind of hit before and nothing happens."http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=565138
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"It’s just something with Boston," Thornton said. "It just seems like they have a horseshoe. We’ve seen the [Milan] Lucic cross-check to the head [of Maxim Lapierre] earlier, and there’s no disciplinary thing. "It’s just something about Boston and the disciplinary [process] is on their side. I’m not sure why that is. I’m not assuming that Colin’s kid is on the team and that’s why, but it’s really bizarre."Joe Thornton on the Chara hit on Pacioretty and the ensuing lack of suspension. Hey Joe, how do you feel about throwing that full tank of gas into the fire of this debate? Jesus.
The Thrashers have traded forward Ben Eager to San Jose for a fifth-round draft pick. Eager, who just completed a four-game suspension, appeared in 34 games for the Thrashers with three goals and seven assists. He led the team with 77 penalty minutes. Eager was acquired, along with Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Sopel and prospect Akim Aliu, from Chicago during the offseason. Eager was recently suspended after receiving a match penalty for punching Toronto’s Colby Armstrong. He was a healthy scratch in six of seven games in December. He also missed four games with a lower-body injury.>> Atlanta Constitution
San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture, who led all rookies in scoring with 14 points (10 goals, four assists), has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for December. Couture, who also was named the Sharks' MVP for December, led the club in goals and ranked second in points. He began the month with a five-game point streak from Dec. 2-9, highlighted by a pair of goals in a 4-0 victory at Ottawa, the city where he starred in junior hockey with the Ottawa 67s of the OHL. He tallied a pair of goals, including the game-winner, in a 5-2 win at Detroit Dec. 6 and scored in overtime for his fifth game-winning goal of the season in a 4-3 win at Dallas Dec. 16.>> Team Release
Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby and Washington captain Alex Ovechkin are going all-in on efforts to promote this year’s Winter Classic. The two stars, who will face off in the New Year’s Day event, will take a timeout from their busy schedules as players and featured performers in the HBO 24/7 Winter Classic buildup series to appear with Hall of Famer Jeremy Roenick on the longest-running television game show in American history. The trio will be guests on the Dec. 20 edition of The Price Is Right, hosted by actor/comedian Drew Carey, and introduce an NHL-themed showcase that includes a trip to Pittsburgh and tickets to watch the Winter Classic, which will be played on an outdoor rink at Heinz Field.The Sporting News