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As always we start on the home front, as the Florida Panthers fell to the Carolina Hurricanes in their last game before the Olympic break. [The Rat Trick]
News that no hockey fan, or person, wants to hear, no matter what affiliation they have as Kris Letang has been ruled out for at least the next six weeks after suffering a stroke. The injury is not believed to be career threatening and will be reevaluated after the six week period. [Pens Labyrinth]
My personal thoughts and prayers go out to Letang and his family. He has been one of my favorite players since he came into the league. I hope he can return to the league and play to his full ability, but his family comes first as he is a father and husband. Family beats all.
If you thought Finland’s goaltending is good, just image if Pekka Rinne was healthy? The Nashville Predators’ goaltender is inching his way back from injury as he is now practicing on ice and in pads [Pred Lines]
The Calgary Flames are without an ‘official’ General Manager while going through a rebuild, so it would make perfect sense if they were in complete chaos. But they are far from that right now after winning six of seven. [Flame For Thought]
I mentioned yesterday how Henrik Sedin was forced to pull out of the Olympics for team Sweden, and now they have decided who would place him. Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson will take his place in Sochi. [NHL.com]
More Olympic injuries this time for team Finland. Their depth at the pivot position will be put to the ultimate test as a pair of them will miss the games now. Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu and Tampa Bay Lightning Valterri Filppula will both miss the Olympics with ankle injuries. [NHL.com]
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