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  • Jose Theodore Fractures Heel

    Things get worse and worse for Jose Theodore. Theodore slipped on the icy steps outside his home and fractured his right heel bone.
    Theodore is expected to miss 8 weeks before being able to return. Consider that a rough estimate.

    This solves the ‘goaltender controversy’ in Montreal for the short term and might actually be good for the Canadiens chance to make the playoffs. Bob Gainey won’t have to take heat for starting Cristobal Huet anymore.

    The long term is another story. Depending how bad a fracture it is it could mean bad news for his career. The heel is an awkard area and there’s a chance it may not heal properly and return to 100% normal. As a goalie who depends on lateral movement, speed and agility, this could spell disaster.

    What else will he go through this year?

  • Olympic Hockey Day 2

    Day 2 of Olympic Hockey competition is complete and Canada earned its 2nd win beating Germany 5-1.

    Once again the Canadians were too much for the opposition. The Canucks managed to get a lead early and put five goals past the struggling German defense who played without Olaf Kolzig. The Canadians have never trailed and have scored 11 goals in 2 games which is tied for the lead in the Tournament.

    Love him or hate him, when Todd Bertuzzi was announced as a member of the Canadian Team it stirred up controversy. Todd Bertuzzi has been arguably the best Canadian player so far at the games. Bertuzzi has been a presence on the ice on every shift and chipped in 3 points in his 2 games. It looks as if he’s on his game and could be a big player against the more challenging teams. Joe Sakic and Dany Heatley also look dangerous on the ice. Canada’s next game is against Switzerland before finishing up with Finland and the Czech Republic.

    Upsets continue. Switzerland defeated the Czech Republic 3-2 which is a huge upset. The Czech Republic won’t get any help as Dominik Hasek has returned back to Ottawa after being injured in game 1. Patrick Elias has also withdrawn from the games leaving the Czech team another hole in their roster.

    The Swiss winning goal was scored by none other than Montreal’s own Mark Streit. I’ve never seen him shoot the puck like that while in the CH uniform. The Swiss will be coming into Saturday’s game against Canada extremely confident. Martin Gerber has been playing well and the Swiss should be a harder game than the previous two.

    Prediction: Canada 4 – Switzerland 2