Sunday Morning NHL Papers (Eastern Conference): Nothing seems to be changing in Philadelphia, Mike Cammalleri should be considered for Team Canada and is Eric Staal available?

Posted by Richard Pollock in Eastern Conference Papers,NHL Morning Papers on December 13, 2009 — No Comments

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Atlantic Division

Northeast Division

  • The Bruins played a very impressive road game last night, they just didn’t come out on top, explains Kevin Paul Dupont.  Claude Julien doesn’t mind the healthy goaltending competition in Boston.  In his weekly Hockey Notes, Brian Burke talks about his mindset when it comes to building Team USA for the Olympics.
  • You know things are going well in Buffalo when Patrick Kaleta is scoring two goals in a game.  Lindy Ruff wants constant movement from his players on the man advantage.
  • Jack Todd has a wonderful article wondering why Mike Cammalleri’s name isn’t being tossed around a candidate for Team Canada?  (Writer’s note: I agree.  In fact, I wrote the same thing on Twitter a week or two ago.)  Meanwhile, Red Fisher writes that the return of Andrei Markov could be the big difference between the Habs making the playoffs or missing out.
  • Alexei Kovalev indeed does exist, as the super-talented winger scored a hat trick last night at home versus Carolina.  In his weekly rumors column, Bruce Garrioch discusses the availability of Peter Mueller, the possibility of Jeff Carter and Eric Staal moving and Tomas Vokoun being on the block.
  • The Leafs have the Capitals’ number this season, writes David Shoalts.  Matt Stajan has a been a point-per-game player since Phil Kessel suited up for the Maple Leafs.

Southeast Division