Puck Headlines: Sidney Crosby back to chiropractic neurologist; KHL All-Stars revealed; life without Koivu

Greg Wyshynski

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.

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• Thanks to Graham Vanderwoerd and the few dozen readers that sent this Jersey Foul from the Pittsburgh Penguins/Tampa Bay Lightning game on Sunday. Novocain cannot dull this pain.

• Sidney Crosby's still having post-concussion symptoms: "Sidney Crosby will meet this week with Dr. Ted Carrick, a specialist in chiropractic neurology who treated him in August.  Crosby, who has not played since Dec. 5 because of concussion-like symptoms, accompanied the Penguins on their recent road trip and skated on Friday and Saturday. He mentioned in an interview Friday that he was still having some issues with motion and balance — areas where Dr. Carrick had helped him previously." [Penguins]

• How patriotic is Jonathan Quick? So patriotic that the national anthem made his nose bleed, that's how! [LA Kings Insider]

• Ryan Suter was pulled from today's Nashville Predators game with an upper body injury. [Cooper]

• You know how good the Boston Bruins have been for the last few weeks? Joke's on you: Claude Julien thinks they stink. [NECN]

• Peter Laviolette says Ilya Bryzgalov is the Philadelphia Flyers starter: "Now Bryz has gotten a majority of the starts. I don't know if that answers your question or not…Bryz was brought here to be a horse, and he's received a majority of the games. I don't see that changing." [Broad Street Bull]

• Ken Campbell on Steve Yzerman of the Tampa Bay Lightning: "My guess is that Yzerman, who learned at the foot of Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland and assistant GM Jim Nill, took the goaltending blueprint from Detroit and applied it to Tampa Bay. Not since the days when they had the three-headed monster of Dominik Hasek, Curtis Joseph and Manny Legace in 2003-04 have the Red Wings devoted a lot of financial resources to goaltending. But that's clearly all right when you have Nicklas Lidstrom on defense and a bunch of forwards who always have the puck. It doesn't work so well when your guys give up 30 shots a game." [THN]

• The Minnesota Wild face life without Mikko Koivu, who is officially out 4-6 weeks. [Star Tribune]

• Scott Lewis offers a sneak peak at what Leafs/Red Wings 24/7 would look like next year. [The Score]

• Your 2012 KHL All-Stars! Fedorov! Zherdev! Kuznetsov! Jeff Platt! [KHL]

• Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson, Chicago Blackhawks left wing Viktor Stalberg and Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending Jan. 15. [NHL]

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According to JT Utah, this is the cake that Anne-Marie Carbonneau, Brendan Morrow's wife, gave Sheldon Souray squeeze Kelly Kelly of WWE over the weekend. [25 Stanley]

• Michael Cammalleri on his "losers" comment about the Montreal Canadiens. "I thought I was making more of a theoretical hockey point - about how a team feels when they're tight and losing and you go into a game with that mentality and it's hard to break. A winning team goes into it with a different mentality. I thought I was stating the obvious - we were sitting in 12th place; we had a losing record. So I didn't think I was breaking any ground by making these comments. It was more an assessment of the psyche of a team. And I know I said 'we' so I was including myself in there." [Globe & Mail]

• Taking on Gare Joyce's essay about the demise of the Montreal Canadiens. [Eyes On The Prize]

• James Reimer gets the call for the Toronto Maple Leafs against Ottawa. [The Star]

• Somewhere, the Peverley hillbilly weeps. [Bruins Blog]

• Jesse Spector continues his concussion series. [Sporting News]

• Sami Salo misses the Vancouver Canucks and the feeling is mutual. [Sun]

• Dave Davis on the lament of the Buffalo Sabres fan: "If you want an honest opinion about this roster, call me when half the defense isn't consistently sidelined.  Let me know when Tyler Ennis and Nathan Gerbe, the two secondary scorers who added a much needed speed element to Buffalo's attack last season and were big players in the late season surge, can both stay healthy enough to play five games together.  Look me up when all of those prospects who were slated for seasoning in Rochester are actually playing in Rochester." [KK]

• Mike Ribeiro is put on IR by the Dallas Stars. [Stars Blog]

• "The New Mexico Renegades are pleased to announce that they will be taking part in the first-ever Western States Hockey League outdoor game on February 4th, 2012 in Los Alamos, NM. The 2012 Renegade Fusion Series will feature the New Mexico Renegades taking on the Cheyenne Stampede." New Mexico Winter Classic! Make it so! [Junior Hockey]

• VooX takes on that Ken Warren All-Star Game column as Abel To Yzerman would be expected to. [A2Y]

• Finally, we know nothing of this video other than it has something to do with the Leuven Chiefs of Belgium, that's it's a well-shot slice of hockey live and that it involves beer. Which is good enough for us.

Ijshockey from Tim De Weerdt on Vimeo.

  • The Cubs were so bad in Game 1 that Cleveland police are worried

    The Chicago Cubs turned in a disappointing performance during their 6-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians in Game 1 of the World Series. Corey Kluber and the Indians’ big, bad bullpen completely dominated Chicago’s bats, giving up just seven hits over nine shutout innings. While that would normally be good news to the people of Cleveland, one local group seemed a bit concerned about the Cubs’ offensive struggles in Game 1. The Cubs’ bats no-showed so hard that the Cleveland police department tweeted that they filed a missing persons report for them.

    Big League Stew
  • Giants finally release Josh Brown, John Mara cites team's 'misguided' actions

    Brown was left home from the Giants’ game against the Los Angeles Rams in London in Week 7 and was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list by the NFL, granting the team a roster spot to replace him. Giants co-owner John Mara explained (via ESPN) why the team released Brown now and not when the allegations of abuse first surfaced, or after the shocking documents in which Brown admitted he abused his wife were released by the King County (Wash.) Sheriff’s Office.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Bruins' David Backes to miss at least 2 games after elbow surgery

    The injuries affecting the Boston Bruins isn’t only limited to their crease. Aside from being without their top two goaltenders they were also missing Frank Vatrano, Kevan Miller and David Backes. Backes is the newest member of the Bruins’ injured list and his situation was clarified a bit by the team on Wednesday morning.

    Puck Daddy
  • Experienced Cup drivers limited to 17 Xfinity and Truck Series races a year starting in 2017

    Kyle Busch will only be able to make 10 Xfinity Series starts in 2017. A rule limiting Sprint Cup drivers in NASCAR’s No. 2 and No. 3 series is official. NASCAR said Wednesday that Cup drivers with five years full-time experience in the series will be limited to 10 Xfinity races and seven Camping World Truck Series races a season starting in 2017.

    From The Marbles
  • Why Tony Ferguson doesn't care for UFC gold: 'Belt is tarnished'

    Tony Ferguson continues to rack up wins in the UFC, and he keeps getting passed over for title shots. Tony Ferguson may be the most underrated, underappreciated fighter in the UFC. Six of his last eight wins have come by finish, and he’s bested a series of elite opponents, including Edson Barboza and Josh Thomson.

    Yahoo Sports
  • David Toms Enjoying His Transition to Champions Tour

    You should make a note that Sonya Toms, wife of golfer David Toms, will celebrate her birthday on Jan. 4. "The nice thing is, I don’t forget her birthday," David said Wednesday on the eve of the Sanderson Farms Championship in Mississippi. Since he won 13 tournaments, including the 2001 PGA Championship, they were frequent Kapalua visitors.

  • Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly disappointed in AD's vote of confidence

    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday he was disappointed that athletic director Jack Swarbrick had to give him a vote of confidence last Friday. Notre Dame started the season ranked in the top 10, but are now 2-5 coming off a bye week and the groans about the coaching situation have been persistent. “Brian will lead this team out of the tunnel opening day next year,” Swarbrick said.

    Dr. Saturday
  • Man United beats City in EFL Cup Manchester derby, easing pressure on Mourinho

    Juan Mata scored the winning goal for Manchester United in the 54th minute. For an October game in the lamentably irrelevant League Cup, now for some reason renamed as the English Football League Cup, this one actually mattered. Because it was a Manchester derby, of course.

    FC Yahoo
  • Tim Tebow answered Stephen A. Smith's dumb question with a riveting inspirational speech

    Hate on Tim Tebow all you want, but there’s no denying he’s one of the most motivational guys in sports — period. On Tuesday he appeared with Stephen A. Smith on First Take and dropped the best speech you’ll hear all week. When he was criticized for taking a long shot at making an MLB roster, Tebow dropped the hammer.

    SB Nation
  • Everything was a mess for the Indians in World Series Game 2

    The Cleveland Indians, who made it this far in the postseason because so many things had gone right for them, turned in a sloppy, ugly, uncharacteristic loss in Game 2 of the World Series. The Chicago Cubs jumped on Indians starter Trevor Bauer right away, scoring by the time their cleanup hitter came to the plate, and the Indians never regained control. The only thing that gushed was disappointment out of Progressive Field, where Indians fans left knowing the World Series is going to Chicago for three games knotted at one.

    Big League Stew
  • Don't panic, fantasy hockey owners!

    Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski offers early fantasy hockey advice including a Maple Leafs forward to grab off the waiver wire and a goalie to ship out while the going is good.

    Yahoo Sports Videos
  • The Oilers are off to their best start since the Gretzky era

    The Edmonton Oilers just keep on winning. Thanks to their 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night, the Oilers are now 6-1-0 through their first seven games, have the best record in the Western Conference, and the second best record in the NHL behind only the Montreal Canadiens. To find the last time the Oilers won six of their first seven games, you have to go all the way back to the 1985-86 season when Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Jari Kurri, and Paul Coffey still played for them and their dynasty was just starting to take shape. Their best start since then was a 5-1-1 start during the 2000-01 season. The recipe on Wednesday was similar to the one we have seen from the Oilers

  • Kyle Schwarber added to Cubs' World Series roster

    For a team that’s supposed to be cursed, everything seems to be coming up in the Chicago Cubs’ favor right now. The Cubs will not only enter their first World Series in 71 years as the overwhelming favorite, but they’ll also do so with a player who was expected to miss the entire season. Joe Maddon then said Kyle Schwarber would be the team’s DH in Game 1. Relief pitcher Rob Zastryzny who hadn’t appeared thus far for the Cubs this postseason.

    Big League Stew
  • New starter Dennis Schröder signs a multi-year extension with the Atlanta Hawks

    The Atlanta Hawks did as they had to. Fourth-year guard Dennis Schröder was signed to a four-year, $70 million contract extension on Wednesday, ESPN’s Marc Stein and Zach Lowe were the first to break the news. The move came on the eve of Schröder’s debut as a (hoped-for) season-long starter as Atlanta starting point guard, with the Hawks opening their 2016-17 campaign at home against Washington on Thursday night.

    Ball Don't Lie
  • HSBC Champions: Tee Times, TV Schedule, Prize Money

    (c) 2016 Time Inc. Star-Studded Field for First WGC Event of the Season Russell Knox looks to defend his 2015 WGC-HSBC Champions title against a star-studded field that includes Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler.Russell Knox

  • Did the Minnesota Vikings trade for a notable offensive lineman?

    Fooch’s update: It would appear this is for naught I don’t quite know what to make of this, but Pete Carroll may have said something a bit peculiar during a Wednesday press conference. There was apparently a question about trades, and Carroll said he “say Minnesota made a big move with an offensive lineman.” Here is what one beat writer tweeted about it: It is possible Carroll is BS’ing with the reporters, or he misheard something. I have no real idea, but it is at least something interesting. The Vikings have a need at left tackle, and there have been rumors Joe Staley and Joe Thomas are both on the trade block. Both of their head coaches have denied the rumors, but anything is possible in the

    Niners Nation
  • EFL Cup QF draw: Man United-West Ham; Arsenal-Saints in all-PL ties

    Following the conclusion of Wednesday’s Manchester derby in the fourth round of the 2016-17 EFL Cup, the draw for the quarterfinal round presented a pair of all-Premier League clashes. Manchester United will take on West Ham United at Old Trafford, while Arsenal will welcome Southampton to the Emirates Stadium. All quarterfinal fixtures will be played the week commencing Nov. 28. As for the other two matchups, Liverpool host Leeds United at Anfield, and Hull City will face one of the three clubs they replaced in the PL this season, recently relegated Newcastle United, at the KCOM Stadium. Full EFL Cup quarterfinal draw Liverpool vs. Leeds United Manchester United vs. West Ham Hull City vs. Newcastle

  • Welcome to the Tim Tebow baseball and PR Experience

    In the last seven days, I've talked to a handful of Mets insiders, none of whom believe Tim Tebow will be with the team next spring in Port St. Lucie. I've heard several different reasons behind their thinking. But, in the end, everyone agreed that -- if he's still with the organization -- he's more likely to show up in St. Lucie when minor-league camp starts, as opposed to when big leaguers arrive in February. This is good news ... if you ask me. It's nothing against Tebow, who has every right to pursue a career in baseball. It's just, the Mets have real goals, and real business at hand, as they try to right their ship and get back to the World Series. I expect Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah

  • Unhappy 49ers fan edits Trent Baalke's Wikipedia page

    The San Francisco 49ers might be the worst team in the NFL. Yes, the Cleveland Browns are winless, but taking a glance at the 49ers roster, there’s not a lot there. As The Mercury-News discovered on Monday, someone did some … creative editing to Baalke’s Wikipedia page.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Golf's Superheroes launch WGC Shanghai event

    Some of the stars of golf were turned into superheroes to promote the launch of the WGC HSBC Champions event in Shanghai.

    Omnisport Video
  • Rangers storm back, crush Bruins

    For the first half of Wednesday’s game in New York, everything was going pretty great for the Boston Bruins. They not only had a two-goal lead, but rookie goalie Zane McIntyre was playing extremely well in his first NHL start as he filled in for injured veterans Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin. And then everything kind of fell apart for him and the Bruins defense. The Rangers stormed back for five consecutive goals on their way to a 5-2 win, handing the Bruins their fourth loss in seven games to start the season, and their second lopsided loss in a row. This game was always going to be a struggle for Boston given the injury situation both in goal and up front (David Backes was also sidelined for

  • Kyle Schwarber shows why he's a freak of nature who can do some World Series damage for the Cubs

    Kyle Schwarber is a freak of nature, a hitter with the hand-eye coordination, explosiveness and guts to do what should be impossible. Now you know why the Cubs always believed Schwarber could help get them that championship parade down Michigan Avenue — and how the Cleveland Indians won’t just fade into history’s background as The Other Team. “No, not right now,” Schwarber said.

    Yahoo Sports
  • Tyronn Lue says ‘they said’ LeBron James has a body of a 19-year-old, but nobody else knows where Cavaliers coach got that

    LeBron James might be the greatest athlete in NBA history. But even he has shown signs of decline at age 31. He has gotten multiple back injections and even took a break during the season to rehabilitate in Miami. The forward has treated the last two regular-seasons as glorified warmups for the playoffs. Just where does LeBron stand physically? Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue gave quite the answer. Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com: Lue said James, at 31, “had a chance to get tested this summer and they said he had a body of a 19-year old. Maybe he’s getting younger. Benjamin Button.” It was a little perplexing because neither James, nor his personal trainer, Mike Mancias, nor general manager David Griffin

  • Why Ty Montgomery isn’t RB eligible on Yahoo (for now)

    Green Bay Packers wide receiver Ty Montgomery pushes Chicago Bears free safety Adrian Amos away as he carries the ball. There have been numerous tweets and questions about whether Ty Montgomery would become eligible at running back in Yahoo Fantasy after getting a chance to line up in the backfield after a rash of injuries for the Green Bay Packers. After much consideration, Yahoo Fantasy Sports has decided to leave Montgomery as receiver only at this time.

    Roto Arcade
  • WATCH: This Real Madrid goal was so good it left James Rodriguez in disbelief

    It was a goal that didn't mean much to the result, but when Nacho scored Real Madrid's sixth on Wednesday in the Copa del Rey match against Cultural Leonesa, it made jaws drop and it had James Rodriguez grabbing his head in disbelief. Watch this unbelievable goal in the 7-1 win which coach Zinedine Zidane said was better than his Champions League final strike against Leverkusen in 2002. That's a tremendous goal. Acrobatic and beautiful, and the wild reaction of the players was warranted. But if we are being honest -- it wasn't even close compared to that Zidane goal from 2002. Still to this day, it is probably one of the top three goals I've ever seen. Here it is if you somehow haven't seen it.

    CBS Sports