Thornton Returns to Boston

Thornton set to face Bruins

Joe Thornton took some time to remember his time with the Boston Bruins on Monday, a day before his first game against his old team.
“I loved it here,” said Thornton, traded to San Jose on Nov. 30.
“I have a lot of great memories here and made a lot of friends and, really, this is where I grew up and I still come back. It’s a good place to grow up. I had a lot of fun as a kid and now I’m a man.”

When Esche is healthy, who’ll mind the net?

There was no question when the Flyers started this season that the starting goalie was Robert Esche. There is a definite question now.

Don’t kill Rangers about Sykora trade

The trade for an under-performing forward — apparently living somewhat on past glories — for a young prospect would surely raise some eyebrows among the team’s rejuvenated fan base. But, in this case, there is no need to fear.

Criticism not a problem for Kovalchuk

Ilya Kovalchuk never imagined that a simple point of the finger could create such a stir.
Or maybe he’s just being coy.
Clearly, the Atlanta Thrashers’ star doesn’t mind being the center of attention, whether it’s scoring more goals than anyone in the NHL or taunting Pittsburgh phenom Sidney Crosby.

Sakic, Thornton won’t wear 19 in honor of Yzerman

Team Canada captain Joe Sakic of the Avalanche will wear No. 91 instead of his usual 19 at the Torino Olympics as Hockey Canada honors Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman. Yzerman, who wears No. 19 in Detroit, withdrew his name from Olympic consideration in early December. Sharks center Joe Thornton also wears No. 19 in the NHL, but he’ll go with No. 97 in Turin, Hockey Canada announced Monday in releasing the Olympic team numbers.

No bedchecks by Hitchcock on road trip

Ken Hitchcock says he doesn’t worry about his players staying out late.
It’s not necessary to have bedchecks, he says, because he can tell at the morning practice if a player should happen to stay out a little too long.
“They know the times, I’m not going to run around and do bedchecks,” Hitchcock said before Monday night’s game against the Devils. “We can tell the next day whether a player has done whatever. We’re pretty smart guys.”

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