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Stop hugging Krejci, he clearly does not like that
Stop hugging Krejci, he clearly does not like that

So this is fun, word out of the Calgary camp is that the Flames will be starting not Miikka Kipprusoff, but their fresh-faced rookie Leland Irving. Oddly enough, considering the Flames are not a team we see very often, those among us familiar with Providence have encountered this guy before.

The Abbottsford Heat, the Flames' AHL affiliate, have made a really long east-coast swing every year for the past few years. They're one of the few West Conference teams the P-Bruins meet each year, and in fact, Irving played in both contests between the two teams last year. Two games isn't a lot, but it's enough to at least maybe get an idea of how the guy plays.

After the jump, Rick Nash is having a bad year, Rene Bourque won't play against the Bruins, and Tuukka Rask wants to be here for a long time...

Bruins News:

  • Tim Thomas was in Men's Health magazine this month! [Men's Health]
  • God this Stanley Cup rematch set for Saturday is so overhyped, GEEZ. [PHT]
  • The Devils are considering yesterday their "worst game of the year." [Herald]
  • Tuukka Rask wants a 'long future' with Boston, which is good to hear. [NESN]
  • The Bruins are manhandling the rest of the Northeast Division. And here is a review of NHL 36. [WEEI]
  • The Flames are giving us Leland Irving. It's like they're sacrificing him to a volcano or something based on the tone of this article. [Calgary Herald]
  • Nathan Horton is showing signs of life. [Herald]

NHL News:

  • The first 6 NHL All-Stars will be released in about a half-hour. [NHL]
  • John Tortorella was fined for his angry remarks about the refereeing in the Winter Classic. [USA Today]
  • Lars Eller scored four goals as the Habs beat the Thrashers Jets last night. [CTV]
  • Rene Bourque will start his five-game suspension tonight after targeting the head of Nicklas Backtrom the other night. [ESPN]
  • Rick Nash is having easily his toughest season, and he's apparently agreed to, if necessary, waive his NTC. [Blue Jackets Extra]