Wednesday Chum Bucket: Team USA will face Canada in Semis

  • Tomas Hertl was dominant at creating chances in the offensive zone but it wasn't close to enough as Team USA received a hat trick from Johnny Gaudreau in a 7-0 trouncing of the Czechs at the World Junior Championships. They'll move on to face Canada in semifinal action tomorrow. [IIHF]
  • The league and union reportedly have an agreement on CBA length and revenue sharing as they inch closer towards a deal prior to what's apparently a January 11th deadline. They will likely meet again at some point today. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • There have been rumblings that the NHL is looking to expand the playoffs to include four more "wild card" teams. Is this a good idea? [Puck Daddy]
  • J.J. makes the case that NHL players should stay out of the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics. [Winging It In Motown]
  • Lighthouse Hockey's list of their top posts in 2012 is filled with excellent reads. [Lighthouse Hockey]