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‘We feel for him’: Crosby reacts to fellow Canadian Stamkos missing out on Olympics


It was the biggest news item in the hockey world on Wednesday: Steve Stamkos officially ruled out of the 2014 Winter Olympics due to the broken tibia he suffered in November.

Sidney Crosby, who was projected to play in the middle on Canada’s top line with Stamkos on the right side, spoke following the Pittsburgh Penguins’ win over the Buffalo Sabres about what transpired earlier in the day with his fellow Canadian.

“We all figured that if there’s anyone who’s going to find a way to get back, it’d be him,” said Crosby, as per Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Crosby added: “It’s probably more difficult for him than anyone else. We feel for him, but we obviously have to move forward.”

Within minutes of the Stamkos announcement, the debate about who should replace the prolific scorer on Canada’s men’s Olympic hockey team suddenly began. Of course, you can have your say, by taking the ProHockeyTalk Poll: Who should replace Stamkos on Team Canada?

According to ESPN and TSN hockey insider Pierre LeBrun, Team Canada’s executive director Steve Yzerman will announce a replacement player “within 48 hours.”

In Jets return, Burmistrov delivers headshot to Bergeron

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Didn’t take long for Alex Burmistrov to make his presence felt — though not in a good way.

Burmistrov, playing in his first game for the Jets after a two-year stint in Russia, delivered a questionable elbow to the head of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron late in the first period of Thursday’s season-opener:

Burmistrov received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head, while Bergeron received a matching minor for roughing (retaliating for the elbow, specifically).

The Bruins went into the intermission leading 1-0, and have yet to update Bergeron’s status.

Ducks name Kesler alternate captain

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For the second time in his career, Ryan Kesler is wearing an “A.”

On Thursday, the Anaheim Ducks announced that Kesler would serve as one of the club’s alternate captains this season, taking over for Francois Beauchemin, who signed in Colorado this summer.

With the move, Kesler joins Anaheim’s existing leadership group of captain Ryan Getzlaf, and alternate Corey Perry.

“It’s an honor,” Kesler said, per the Ducks. “It’s special. I’m going to wear it with pride and lead by example.”

As mentioned earlier, Kesler has some experience as an alternate — he wore an “A” in Vancouver from 2008-13, but had it removed prior to the start of the ’13-14 campaign.

It’s not surprising Anaheim went in this direction. GM Bob Murray made a huge investment in Kesler this summer by inking the 31-year-old to a six-year, $41.25M extension.