Welcome to The Rat Trick’s NHL Morning Links, your best place to get all your news from around the league. With the Olympic break in effect now, not much news coming out of the league side – especially league side with the roster freeze.
The main news breaking now is last minute players dropping out due to injuries. Team USA almost had their first scare when Max Pacioretty crashed into the goal post and left his game against the Hurricanes. But he turned out fine and will play for the Americans. [NHL.com]
With the men’s side of the tournament not starting until Wednesday, it is a chance for the Women to get some hockey exposure. The two front runners for Gold got off to a good start, as Team USA and Team Canada both won their opening match. [Sabres Noise]
With an amazing amount of pressure already on the hoist Russians, it may have gotten bigger as now captain Pavel Datsyuk’s participation in the games is in doubt. He will be evaluated as the team practices and then head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov will make the decision on if Daystuk is a go. [TMMotS]
One of the most talked things outside of the Olympics has been the upcoming trade deadline. Each team must evaluate themselves not only for the now, but the future as any move they make at the deadline can not only affect them for the rest of the season but for the next 5 or more years. Despite their recent struggles, the Vancouver Canucks don’t appear to be ready to do anything drastic as GM Mike Gillis is a man of his word when he gives a player a no-movement clause/NTC. [The Canuck Way]
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