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Team USA's Wheeler, Oshie, Orpik and McDonagh celebrate a goal by Mcdonagh against Slovenia during the second period of their men's preliminary round ice hockey game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Report: World Cup to be announced during all star break


According to TSN’s Rick Westhead the NHL and NHLPA will announce the return of the world cup of hockey during the NHL all star break, which takes place Jan. 22-26.

Westhead added one of the tweaks to the tournament will include a best-of-three final.

In November Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reported potential changes to the format.

Rumored changes to the tournament include two all star teams in addition to the top six hockey nations (Canada, U.S., Sweden, Finland, Russia and Czech Republic).

One all star squad will be made up of the best players from Slovakia, Switzerland, Latvia, Germany and Slovenia, among others.

The make-up of the second all star team is yet to be determined.

Last month IIHF president Rene Fasel weighed in on the proposed changes.

“To be very honest, I like the idea. If we go with No. 7 and 8 with normal matching teams, we have that in the Olympics, we have that in the Canada Cup, we have that in the World Championships. Now having this selection. There’s a discussion about having European selection, it would be a great team with non-participating European teams building up a team,” said Fasel. “Then the second one is North American selection. That can be a very interesting for the hockey fans, great. That could be something. It is still an idea. There’s a rumor. We don’t know yet what they’re going to do. Personally, I like it very much.”

Fasel may like it, but players we here at PHT talked to were skeptical.

“It would be hard to play for some kind of different team, but I guess at the same time, a lot of the small countries, they’re producing really good players,” said Olli Jokinen, who’s represented Finland internationally on a number of occasions. “Players like that, a lot of time they don’t get a chance to play tournaments like that.”

Added U.S. Olympian, and Toronto Maple Leafs forward, James van Riemsdyk: “There’s more pride it in, for the players, when you’re representing your country. I think it’s fun when you have the different countries like you have every year in one of these tournaments there’s a big upset and that’s what makes it fun.

“I think it’s more fun when you have the countries (competing).”

Toronto is expected to be one the venues for the 2016 tournament.

‘I feel like there’s definite buy-in,’ says Horachek after Leafs thump Blue Jackets

Toronto Maple Leafs v New York Rangers

It took all of three minutes and 15 seconds for the Columbus Blue Jackets to take the lead on the Toronto Maple Leafs. Was it an ominous sign for a Toronto team enduring its share of tumultuous times in recent days and weeks?

Turns out, it wasn’t.

The Leafs came alive. They took over.

Toronto scored four times in the first period, taking a 4-1 lead over the Blue Jackets, before skating to a 5-2 victory on Friday. It’s also a win for Peter Horachek, who took over the coaching duties from the fired Randy Carlyle.

“I feel like there’s definite buy-in and a positive attitude,” said Horachek, as per the club’s Twitter account.

Phil Kessel, who had been at the center of controversy since the firing of Carlyle, had a goal, an assist and seven shots on net. James van Riemsdyk had two goals and an assist. And Tyler Bozak had a goal and an assist.

Puck possession has been an ongoing issue with the Leafs under Carlyle. On Friday, the Leafs held a distinct advantage in that aspect, according to the numbers at hockeystats.ca.

Earlier in the day, team president Brendan Shanahan held a chat with his players, adding he hasn’t seen enough consistency from the core group of players.

For one game, anyway, it appears they got the message.

“Enough said about system, I think they just wanted us to come out here and put the effort in,” said goalie Jonathan Bernier, as per Jonas Siegel of TSN 1050.

Now, scary moment in this game. Referee Dean Morton left the game after he was tripped up and sent hard to the ice. He did not return.

Leafs name Horacheck interim head coach, shuffle lines

Peter Horachek

Big day in Toronto.

First, to the surprise of few, the Maple Leafs announced that Peter Horachek has been named the club’s interim head coach following yesterday’s dismissal of Randy Carlyle. Horachek, who had previous head coaching experience in Florida, will run the bench along with Steve Spott and ex-NHLer Steve Staois, who’s headed down to ice level after serving in a player development role.

Horachek’s first order of business as bench boss? Shuffling the lines ahead of tonight’s game versus Washington.

Daniel Winnik was promoted to a more prominent offensive role alongside Nazem Kadri and Phil Kessel, leaving Kessel’s frequent running mates — James van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak — to skate with Mike Santorelli.

Trevor Smith centered Leo Komarov and David Clarkson, while recently-recalled Sam Carrick centered the fourth line, which featured Richard Panik, Greg McKegg and Carter Ashton.

Today’s morning skate also had a few new onlookers:

In goal, Jonathan Bernier will start against the Caps tonight after James Reimer was torched for five goals in Saturday’s disappointing loss in Winnipeg.

Related: Nonis: Leafs are ‘capable,’ but also ‘movable’