Puck Headlines: Helping out Jack Jablonski; Ilya Bryzgalov cites the Constitution

Greg Wyshynski
January 6, 2012

Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.
• Via Patch.com: "In a show of solidarity with paralyzed Benilde-St. Margaret's hockey player Jack Jablonski, students from all over have organized "white-outs," encouraging each other to wear white to show support. Jablonski, a 16-year-old sophomore, was injured Dec. 30 in a junior varsity game during a holiday hockey tournament. Students from many metro schools organized white-outs on Thursday via social media, inspiring St. Thomas Academy's Cadet Colonel Mitch Perry to organize the school's own white-out for Friday. Donations to the Jack Jablonski Fund established at Wells Fargo can be mailed to P.O. Box 16387, St. Louis Park, MN." [Patch]

• The HBO cameras are gone. Ilya Bryzgalov is still talking: "The franchise goaltender was short and seemed in poor spirits, as he jokingly, but with a straight face, cited the United States Constitution for his right to not speak to the media on Thursday. He told those who have an issue with him, take it to the Supreme Court. After all, it's a free country." [Philly Sports Daily]

• Busy day for the Philadelphia Flyers: Kimmo Timonen is day-to-day with an injury and Matt Walker was waived. Again. [Broad Street Hockey]

• Brad Marchand is probable against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday, and probably going to punch a Swede in the face. [Bruins Blog]

• Boston Bruins' Nathan Horton on The Big Showdown: "I think everyone's just thinking it's another game, but we did play them in the finals," Horton said. "They're still a good team, and we're still a good team, and it's going to be a good game. I'm not really thinking too much about what happened, but just getting excited for the game." [WEEI]

• "Mike Ribeiro is earning more and more respect with each passing season." And hamburgers are eating people! [Dallas Stars Blog]

• Tom Stillman is in an exclusive negotiating window with the St. Louis Blues to become their new owner. [SB Nation]

• Alas, Alex Ovechkin did not have to suffer for his team's world juniors defeat. [Alex Ovetjkin]

• John Tortorella will coach in the NHL All-Star Game. We'd advise these players not to take a night off. [Rangers]

• Police say the suspect identified by Broad Street Hockey as a potential attacker in the Flyers fan beatdown of Rangers fans has been cleared, as he was pulling a prank. [ESPN NY]

• Bourne's 24/7 review for Episode 4. [Backhand Shelf]

• Adam Proteau on the loser point: "Although the loser point is to a large degree a mockery of the standings — creating the illusion of parity when the system makes it virtually impossible for teams to make up ground late in the season — there is next to no chance the NHL will toss it on the scrap heap and adopt a system that would give fans a more accurate picture of their team's competitive state." [THN]

• Neate on the big Sweden win at Juniors. [Buzzing The Net]

• After their 9-0 demolition at the hands of the Boston Bruins, the Calgary Flames made the kind of significant move you'd expect to wake up the team. Wait no they traded for Blair Jones nevermind. [Raw Charge]

• LeBrun on the Tampa Bay Lightning wish list: "I'd be surprised if Tampa didn't inquire about either Cory Schneider in Vancouver or Jonathan Bernier in Los Angeles -- among other young options -- but again, those types of deals seem to adhere themselves more toward the offseason. It just so happens the Canucks are in Tampa on Tuesday. I'd be shocked if Yzerman and Vancouver GM Mike Gillis didn't at least have a coffee together ..." [ESPN]

• Toronto Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul —  superstar? [THW]

• Really nice piece on Rick DiPietro and retirement by Lighthouse Hockey: "In the end I think we can all respect the attempt by DP to come back and be a useful piece of the organization. He's never said a bad word about the team, or about the fans who jeer him on a regular basis (even some boos on Opening Night). He's been about as professional as one could be given his situation. With a 15 year guaranteed contract, there's not much stopping him from shooting off his mouth or being a negative presence in the locker room if he wanted to." [LH]

• In praise of the Detroit Red Wings fans' write-in campaign for Jimmy Howard. [Detroit News]

• The NHL goalie power rankings. They do they by team. The New Jersey Devils are ranked 23rd. [CBC]

• STAT NERD ALERT: "A question which has been rattling around in my head quite a bit lately is that of how NHL coaches utilize their forwards and defense, and how to get a handle on this varies for teams across the league. Do individuals focus on matching up against particular opponents, or deploying specialists based on where the next faceoff is taking place?" [On The Forecheck]

• Kerry Fraser gets sappy about the Winter Classic. [South Jersey]

• Ryan Miller approaches his breaking the franchise goalie wins record in a very Ryan Millery way: "Every lawyer puts it on their disclaimer for their commercials, 'Past results do not guarantee future results.'" [Buffalo News]

• Ryan Whitney is a big oft-injured. [Edmonton Journal]

• Congrats to Patrik Elias on playing Game No. 1,000 tonight. [Devils]

• Finally, Part Two of the Daniel Sedin vs. Brad Marchand wrestling match. Part one is here.