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Faulk, Gardiner highlight US preliminary Worlds roster


Unlike Team Canada, the United States’ preliminary roster for the for the 2015 World Hockey Championships doesn’t feature star power up front, but the team’s defense is shaping up nicely.

Jake Gardiner, Justin Faulk, and Torey Krug were among the 15 players on USA Hockey’s initial list. The American squad will also contain a fair amount of NCAA talent, including Hobey Baker finalist Mike Reilly. Meanwhile, Mark Arcobello will play for his fifth team since the start of the 2014-15 campaign.

Here is Team USA’s roster so far:

Goal: Alex Lyon

Defense: Faulk, Gardiner, Krug, John Moore, Connor Murphy, Reilly

Forwards: Arcobello, Matt Hendricks, Dylan Larkin, Trevor Lewis, Jeremy Morin, Steve Moses, Dan Sexton, Ben Smith

The tournament will run from May 1-17.

Signing Day: After getting Baun, Chicago inks Paliotta

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Nice little Thursday for the Blackhawks.

Just hours after beating out several NHL clubs in securing the rights to Colgate standout Kyle Baun, the ‘Hawks announced they signed Michael Paliotta — their third-round pick at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft — to a two-year deal.

Paliotta, 21, just wrapped a four-year career at Vermont in style, posting a career-high 36 points while being named to the Hockey East second-team. He’s got good size — 6-foot-4, 205 pounds — and ‘Hawks GM Stan Bowman is high on his ability, recently saying he’d like Paliotta to turn pro right now.

And so, Paliotta has.

This, along with the Baun deal, signifies a potential changing of the guard in Chicago. In recent years, the organization wasn’t the ideal landing spot for prospects; given Chicago’s wealth of talent at the NHL level, the likes of Brandon Pirri, Jimmy Hayes, Adam Clendening (drafted the same year as Paliotta) and Jeremy Morin failed to crack the roster and were dealt elsewhere while one prospect — ’10 first-rounder Kevin Hayes, Jimmy’s younger brother — balked on the ‘Hawks entirely, opting to hit free agency rather than sign an entry-level deal in Chicago, eventually inking with the Rangers.

Times appear to have have changed, though.

The ‘Hawks are facing a summer of upheaval, which could be why Baun and Paliotta — who, like Hayes, could’ve gone unrestricted this summer — decided to come on board. TSN’s Bob McKenzie said Patrick Sharp will be “gone, for sure” this summer and it’s expected the ‘Hawks will also have to part ways with veteran d-man Johnny Oduya, in part because of the $10M cap hit extensions for Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, which kick in next year.

With other experienced players potentially leaving (Antoine Vermette and Brad Richards are also pending UFAs), Chicago might now be seen as an organization filled with opportunity, rather than roadblocks.

Jackets’ Wennberg remains in Vancouver as Columbus visits Calgary

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The Columbus Blue Jackets will have forwards Boone Jenner and Jeremy Morin in the lineup tonight when they visit the Calgary Flames this afternoon.

The news isn’t as good for center Alexander Wennberg.

Wennberg arrived at the team’s practice in Vancouver on Friday with a swollen, infected hand and was told to remain in Vancouver as the team travelled to Calgary.

The 20-year-old has three goals and 16 points in 61 games this season with the Jackets.

According Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, Jackets’ coach Todd Richards said Wennberg suffered a cut recently that required stitches, and the wound has become infected.

Jenner, who has six goals and six assists in 20 games this season, has missed 40 games due to a stress fracture in his back.

Morin, 23, missed 25 games due to an upper body injury. He has a goal and three points in 17 games with Columbus this season.

In a separate transaction the club reassigned Ryan Craig to the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons.

Columbus won its only other meeting with Calgary 3-2 on Oct. 17.

The Flames enter Saturday’s action with a one-point lead on the L.A. Kings for the third seed in the Pacific Division.

Huzzah! Jackets get one back as Anisimov returns from 23-game absence

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Artem Anisimov will try to turn around a nightmarish season on Thursday when the Jackets take on the Panthers at Nationwide.

Anisimov, who’s missed the last 23 games with a torn triceps, will draw back into the lineup for the first time since Nov. 29 and play just his 17th game of the year.

As mentioned, the Russian forward’s had a really tough campaign injury-wise. He missed seven games earlier in the year with a concussion, got healthy, played in seven contests, then suffered the torn triceps.

That string of poor health is indicative of what Columbus has dealt with all season long. No team has lost more man games due to injury and, heading into tonight’s tilt with Florida, the Jackets are missing Jeremy Morin, Sergei Bobrovsky, Boone Jenner, Brian Gibbons, Ryan Muray and Nathan Horton to various ailments.

Update: Jackets’ Morin hospitalized with accelerated heart rate

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Earlier today, we passed along news that Columbus lost yet another player to injury — this time, forward Jeremy Morin, who was placed on IR with an upper-body injury.

Now, we’re learning the situation was more serious than first thought. From the Dispatch:

Morin was taken by ambulance to Grant Medical Center during the second intermission of a game on Tuesday in Nationwide Arena after complaining of an accelerated heart rate that wouldn’t slow.

“His resting heart rate wasn’t going down,” Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. “It’s nothing serious. I’m not sure he’s if he’s going to need further tests or not, but everything was fine. His heart rate calmed while he was being tested at the hospital.”

Kekalainen expected Morin to be released from the hospital today. The club placed him on injured reserve, however, meaning he can’t play another game for at least a week.

It was unclear if Morin has had this experience earlier in his career, Kekalainen said.

Morin, 23, exited Tuesday’s 4-3 win over Washington after just 7:11 of ice time. The former Blackhawk had appeared in 17 games this year for Columbus, scoring three points.

Kekalainen told the Dispatch he’s known several hockey players that’ve had a similar issue with accelerated heart rates — including his brother, Janne — but noted that Morin will undergo further testing before he’s cleared to return.

“We don’t know if it’s a one-time thing with Jeremy or not,” Kekalainen explained. “We took him to the hospital as a precaution, just to make sure. He’s going to be monitored.

“We’ll have to make sure he’s OK before he plays again. The health of the players is the most important thing.”