There might not be any fireworks on January 1 (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images).
At the Joe
In Case of Lockout, N.H.L. Has Leeway on Winter Classic - NYTimes.com
A clause in the N.H.L.’s contract with the University of Michigan would allow the league to cancel the Winter Classic as late as the day of the game.
Actor lands his dream job playing Mr. Hockey
They're making a Gordie Howe movie? Awesome.
Around the NHL
Why Jay Bouwmeester will NOT likely be traded - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Mitch Smith lists the reasons he doesn't think J-Bouw will be traded.
How many more times can the NHL fail to hold up its end of the bargain? - The Globe and Mail
It's a great point that perhaps we should remember that owners and players are combining here to threaten to take hockey away from the fans, but it's also a piece written from the perspective of Toronto, which will sell out games regardless of a lockout because it's a city that desperately needs the competition a 2nd team would create for the ultra-powerful Leafs.
No NHL comeback for Cristobal Huet, signs 4-year deal with Swiss team | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Too bad, it would have been nice to have a sieve goalie in the league for the Wings to score on.
Andreas Lilja to miss start of season after hip surgery - Broad Street Hockey
Andreas Lilja will miss training camp and the start of the 2011-12 season after hip surgery.
1st Shift Corsi by Zone: The Impact of Neutral Zone Performance on Future Success - Fear The Fin
A study looking at the correlation between zone specific performance and winning in the NHL.
Let's Go Red Wings.