Puck Headlines: Roenick 'baffled' over Drury; Staal on leave

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-Jeremy Roenick(notes) told AM640 in Toronto yesterday that he's "baffled" about Team USA's inclusion of Chris Drury(notes) on their roster and would have liked to have seen St. Louis Blues youngster T.J. Oshie(notes) make the team: "I know he's a great leader and if he's captain of the team, he'll be a great captain, but I just don't see him being as good for the team as a guy like Gomez would be or T.J. Oshie. Oshie would bring so much energy to this team and this type of format in an international event, that I don't understand how those two guys aren't on the team." Audio of the interview can be found at the AM640 website. [CTV]

-According to Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford during a radio interview, the team roster will be 50% different come next season. Canes Country look at what half might stay and what half might go. [Canes Country]

-The 'Canes announced today that Eric Staal(notes) will take a personal leave of absence after the death of his sister-in-law. He will miss at least two games according to the team release. [Hurricanes]

-Continuing to give hockey fans in the Windy City more puck, Comcast Sportsnet Chicago announced they will air 18 "best of" out-of-market NHL games starting this Saturday with the Red Wings-Sharks match up. [Fangs Bites]

-Bob Gainey said that the Montreal Canadiens plan to retain the services of leading scorer Tomas Plekanec(notes) beyond this season. [TSN]

-In case you missed it yesterday, Chris Chelios(notes) was arrested on DUI and speeding charges. He'll need to appear in court on February 1st. [Chicago Breaking News]

-Daryl Reaugh gives some love to the Devils, but wants to know where their fans are. [Razor's Edge]

-Kevin Allen's applauds Team USA's World Junior performance and recalls a "Badger" Bob Johnson desire for USA Hockey that slowly is coming true. [USA Today]

-Ken Hitchcock on last night's 7-3 loss to Vancouver: "When your best defenseman is Kris Russell(notes) tonight, you're not going to win a lot of hockey games." So true. [Puck Rakers]

-Former NHL'er Boyd Devereaux(notes) broke his neck after a hit during the Spengler Cup last week and now faces six weeks of rehab. [Globe & Mail]

-Is it safe to start calling the Edmonton Oilers the Toronto Maple Leafs of the West? Mark Spector thinks so. [Sportsnet]

-Rory Boylen wants to see Jordan Staal(notes), not Jeff Carter(notes) as has been rumored, be the first injury replacement for Team Canada. [The Hockey News]

-Sarah Spain on why Chicago's off-season worries are now in the rear-view mirror. [No Spain No Gain]

-Red Wings alumni will faceoff against a women's team to benefit Women Build of Macomb County Habitat for Humanity. Some ex-Wings who will take part include Shawn Burr, Brent Fedyk and Dennis Hextall. Bob Probert was barred for safety reasons. [Macomb Daily via Snapshots]

-An in-depth look at Ian Laperriere(notes) for the Philadelphia Flyers. [Broadstreet Hockey]

-Shredding Newsday and questioning their credibility by B.D. Gallof [Hockey Independent]

-Stick tap to Puck Buddy Dustin who brought up the fact that with his goal and assist last night during Boston's 4-1 win over Ottawa, Mark Recchi(notes) recorded his 1,467th point, tying him with Blackhawks great Stan Mikita for 13th on the NHL all-time list. [NHL.com]

-Bangin' Panger takes a look at the workloads of NHL goaltenders this season. [BP]

-Finally, thanks to DayWalk3r for passing this along: Team USA broke out this chant during their locker room celebration last night:

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