Gabriel Landeskog #92 of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the Los Angeles Kings at the Pepsi Center on January 22, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Kings 3-1.
(January 21, 2013 - Source: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America)

Landeskog ‘most likely’ a bottom-six forward for Sweden at Olympics


The youngest player named to Sweden’s Olympic team is just excited to be part of it all.

Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog — at 21, also the NHL’s youngest captain — told the Denver Post he expects his role in Sochi will be that of a third- or fourth-liner, one he’s happy to fill.

“That’s most likely what’s going to happen, and I’m totally fine with that,” Landeskog explained. “I’m pretty excited to just be apart of it and whatever role I get.”

This quote gives a pretty good example of Sweden’s depth — based on his season thus far and overall body of work, Landeskog would be a top-line option for a number of other countries. The 2013 Calder winner has 14 goals and 36 points through 48 games this year, averaging 18:33 TOI per game while leading all Avs forwards in hits (104), placing second in takeaways (37).

But on Team Sweden, there’s serious competition up front.

Veteran NHLers like Henrik Zetterberg, Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Steen and Loui Eriksson are all vying for ice time, as are the likes of Daniel Alfredsson, Johan Franzen, Carl Hagelin, Patrik Berglund, Marcus Kruger and Jakob Silfverberg. In fact, the Swedes only took one non-NHLer to Sochi — forward Jimmie Ericsson, who plays for Skelleftea AIK of the Swedish Hockey League and is the older brother of Team Sweden/Detroit defenseman Jonathan Ericsson.

As for Landeskog, he’s unsure what line he’ll be on, or who his linemates will be. He just wants to get to Sochi and help the Swedes challenge for gold.

“I will do anything I can to help the team,” he said.

Dubinsky won’t change, and he won’t go easy on Crosby

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Sometimes a suspension will shame a player, or at least inspire him to change the way he plays.

That apparently won’t happen regarding Brandon Dubinsky‘s one-game timeout session for cross-checking Sidney Crosby.

Dubinsky told Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch that he won’t alter his style, whether it’s against Crosby or someone else.

“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”

In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.

One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.

Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?

Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).

Bad news for Boedker: Coyotes won’t face Sens again in 2015-16


Sorry Mikkel Boedker, you won’t get to face the Ottawa Senators again this season.

OK, it could happen if the speedster is traded from the Arizona Coyotes. He could also face the Senators in the unlikely instance that the two teams fight it out in the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.

Beyond those two possibilities, Saturday night was it, and Boedker must have been licking his chops much like an actual coyote.

For the second straight game, Boedker managed a hat trick against the Senators, helping Arizona beat Ottawa 4-3 last night. His third tally stood as the game-winner in a 4-3 victory.

You can watch all three goals in the video above.

It’s oddly fitting that Boedker has three goals this season … against teams not named the Ottawa Senators.

Hey, Tortorella called the Penguins whiners again

John Tortorella

Don’t forget, the Blue Jackets – Penguins rivalry isn’t just about the bitterness between Sidney Crosby and Brandon Dubinsky; John Tortorella can fuel the fire, too.

Torts must not have been happy about the one-game suspension that Dubinsky received for cross-checking Crosby, as he channeled his vintage self in essentially calling the Penguins a bunch of whiners.

You can see from this glorious Sportsnet video, Tortorella said: “Pittsburgh whines enough for the whole league.”

(He also said the Blue Jackets weren’t going to whine by … whining. Good stuff.)

As Puck Daddy notes, this isn’t the first time Torts claimed that the Penguins are whiners.

Both the Blue Jackets and Penguins lost their games on Saturday, but clearly some eyes and ears were still focused on their last confrontation.

In case you’re wondering, the two teams next face off in Pittsburgh on Dec. 21.


Scary moment: Carlo Colaiacovo hospitalized with ‘dented trachea’


Buffalo Sabres defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo has experienced plenty of bad injury luck in his winding career, but Saturday presented one of his worst scares.

As you can see from the video above, Colaiacovo received a scary cross-check from Viktor Arvidsson of the Nashville Predators, who received a major penalty and game misconduct.

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma said that Colaiacovo was hospitalized with a “dented trachea” yet is OK, the Buffalo News’ John Vogl reports.

Frightening stuff from an eventual 4-1 Sabres win.

PHT will keep an eye out for additional updates regarding Colaiacovo’s health (and a possible suspension for Arvidsson).