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Sami Hoffren offers the first of our team previews with a look at Finland's Young Lions. (Yahoo! Canada Sports)

Former Team Canada coach Don Hay reflects on whether it would have helped in 2012 if his club had either Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Erik Gudbranson in the tournament instead of in the pro league. (Vancouver Province)

What, no Brett Hull-ish backlash against Montrealer Stefan Matteau for playing for Team USA? I think we're maturing. (Montreal Gazette)

Next person to use "redeem" or "redemption" in a story about Team Canada gets two boots to the head. (Postmedia News)

The mainstream media found out that Team Canada's Jonathan Drouin only moved from midget to the Halifax Mooseheads last December. (Postmedia News)

What will Calgary Flames second-rounder Tyler Wotherspoon bring to the table for Team Canada? (Sportsnet)


Departing Portland, Ore., mayor Sam Adams has put off a vote on a $31.5-million US proposal to redevelop the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. (Oregon Live)

Seth Jones of the Winterhawks and Team USA appears in a Page Six item written by someone who can surely debate the defenceman's merits against those of Nathan MacKinnon. (New York Post)

Edmonton Oilers second-rounder Mitch Moroz is betwixt and between about what role he would play as a pro, writes Jim Matheson. (Edmonton Journal)

The Calgary Hitmen could be leading the Eastern Conference if they had taken better care of business at home. (Calgary Herald, Sportsnet)

Victoria Royals coach Dave Lowry is glad that his young team is in a playoff position. (Victoria Times-Colonist)


Mike Davies offers an agonizing appraisal of the Peterborough Petes' predicament: "So many fans have jumped off the sinking ship it isn't worth throwing life preservers to few when those life preservers have holes in them. The fans aren't stupid, they know the year is lost." (Peterborough Examiner)

Aedan Helmer deconstructs what has led the Ottawa 67's in contention for the league basement. Drafting David Perklin over NHL goaltending draft prospect Spencer Martin in 2011 did not exactly pan out. (Ottawa Sun)

Carolina Hurricanes goalie prospect Daniel Altshuller, who has been in the Hockey Canada pipeline, is eyeing the 2014 world junior championship. (

May we say Damian Bourne has developed an identity during his rookie season with the Mississauga Steelheads? (Mississauga News)


So how are the Saint John Sea Dogs going to manage their rebuild? (Station Nation)

Calgary Flames prospect Ryan Culkin is having a strong post-draft season with the Quebec Remparts. (Calgary Herald)

The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles are getting forward Bryce Milson, apparently. (Cape Breton Post)

Steve Turcotte explains why Phillip Danault, rather than Jonathan Huberdeau, will be the most sought after player during the Dec. 22-Jan. 8 trade period. (Le Nouvelliste)

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada GM Joël Bouchard expects the Telus West division leaders to only make small changes over the next two weeks. (La Presse)

Defenceman Jeremy Beaudry and forward Brent Turnbull will be headed from Sherbrooke to Quebec when the trade window opens. (Le Tribune)—

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