Finland captain Teuvo Teravainen celebrates a goal during gold medal game action at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Malmo, Sweden, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

Finnish federation clears Teravainen to join Hawks


One of the Chicago Blackhawks’ top prospects is set to come to North America.

Teuvo Teravainen has been given the green light by the Finnish federation to join the Chicago Blackhawks’ organization, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie. He had nine goals and 44 points in 49 games with Jokerit Helsinki this season. The 19-year-old forward missed 11 Finnish league games, but still tied for sixth in the league’s scoring race.

Teravainen also had two goals and 15 points to lead Finland to the gold medal in the 2014 World Junior Championship. Chicago took him with the 18th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

The question now is where Chicago will send Teravainen. They might give him a chance to prove himself immediately with the Blackhawks or opt to allow him to adjust to North American hockey with the AHL Rockford IceHogs. It’s worth noting that the Blackhawks are up against the cap ceiling and Teravainen comes with a $925,000 annual cap hit before his bonuses are factored in.

Personal reasons: No Ovechkin for Caps tonight

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Alex Ovechkin won’t play for the Washington Capitals on Tuesday because of personal reasons, the team confirmed.

He entered the building considerably later than usual, but his presence at least opened the door for the possibility of No. 8 suiting up against the San Jose Sharks.

Instead, the Capitals will face the hot-starting Sharks without Ovechkin (personal reasons) and Nicklas Backstrom (injury).

That’s a tall order, yet it’s also an opportunity for Barry Trotz to prove his system is a difference-maker … and that the Capitals have the young players to take up the mantle when the big stars are out

This is how Washington’s forward lines may look tonight:

No, the Capitals have not shared details regarding what his “personal reasons” might be, by the way.

Bruins put Morrow on IR, bring up Cross

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Lower-level defense is not the biggest of many worries for the Boston Bruins, yet it might be another in a series of headaches.’s Joe Haggerty points out that Joe Morrow has been placed on IR while AHL stalwart Tommy Cross was called up.

With a -3 rating and negligible offensive impact so far, few will really be missing Morrow (pictured). From the way Haggerty describes Cross, it’s a pretty cool story if he gets into the lineup:

Cross was named captain of the Providence Bruins this season, and actually had a strong training camp as the hard-hitting, tough stay-at-home defenseman he’s developed into during his five years in the B’s minor league system. The 2007 second round pick was a highly regarded potential puck-moving defenseman when he was drafted prior to his Boston College career, but a series of knee injuries negated some of his speed and puck-moving capabilities.

Granted, the Bruins would prefer a sure-thing improvement over a feel-good story right now, as this 0-3-0 start marks their worst beginning in some time.

Injuries have been an issue in general, too, with Zdeno Chara‘s slow start mixed with Dennis Seidenberg on the mend and Brad Marchand in limbo.

The Bruins’ next game comes against the Avalanche in Colorado. Maybe they’ll start to mend things on the ice?