Derek Stepan suffers broken ribs after hit from Matt Beleskey, but don’t expect suspension

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Derek Stepan (via Streamable)

A massive hit by Boston Bruins winger Matt Beleseky has put New York Rangers center Derek Stepan out of Friday’s matinee, and there could be concern that the 25-year-old pivot could miss more than just the third period of the Thanksgiving contest.

Around the midway mark of the second frame, Stepan was attempting to make an outlet pass from the Rangers’ zone when Beleskey finished his check and sent Stepan sailing head and shoulder first into the boards. New York defenseman Dylan McIlrath dropped the gloves with Beleseky following the hit, while Stepan struggled to his feet before heading to the bench: Read more

Don Cherry to coach Bruins alumni, Cam Neely, Ray Bourque and Mark Recchi to suit up

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Don Cherry (Adam d’Oliveira photography)

One of the winningest coaches and biggest personalities in Bruins history is set to step back behind the bench for Boston at the Winter Classic. Sportsnet’s Don Cherry, the host of Saturday night staple Coach’s Corner, has been named as one of the coaches for the outdoor event’s Dec. 31 alumni game.

Cherry, 81, will be joined by a number of former Bruins players and coaches, some of whom he coached during his days in Beantown. The roster will also include another media member, as NBC’s Mike Milbury, who spent two seasons as a bench boss in Boston, will join Cherry behind the bench as a coach. Derek Sanderson, Stan Jonathan, Don Marcotte, Tom McVie and Lyndon Byers will also step behind the bench, with John Bucyk and Eddie Sandford serving as honorary coaches.

As for the players on the club, Bruins president Cam Neely and GM Don Sweeney will be stepping out onto the ice as members of the alumni team. Another legendary Bruin will also be skating with the club, as Ray Bourque will don his No. 77 for the alumni contest. Read more

Rumor Roundup: Cam Ward and Eric Staal could move on from Hurricanes

Cam Ward and Eric Staal. (Getty Images)

The future of forward Eric Staal and goaltender Cam Ward with the Carolina Hurricanes could be determined soon. Both are eligible next summer for unrestricted free agency, and their status remains fodder for the rumor mill.

During Saturday’s ‘Hockey Night in Canada’ telecast, Damien Cox reported Staal and Ward expect to hear from GM Ron Francis at the end of this month if they’ll try to negotiate new contracts. If the ownership situation proves so difficult that they cannot, Cox believes the duo will depart via trade or free agency next summer.

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Faster and more prolific Bruins a threat at both ends of the ice

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Boston Bruins celebration  (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

You could make the argument that there has been no team in the NHL – with the exception of the Chicago Blackhawks – that has lost more young talent over the years than the Boston Bruins. Since they won the Cup in 2011, the Bruins have parted ways with Tyler Seguin, Dougie Hamilton, Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton and Johnny Boychuk. All but Boychuk were under 30 when they left and the average age of the players leaving was under 26.

Even losing a 36-year-old Jarome Iginla was a kick in the slats, considering he scored 30 goals in his only season with the Bruins, then scored 29 in his first season with the Colorado Avalanche.

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Rumor Roundup: Improving Blue Jackets still looking for help on blueline

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John Tortorella. (Getty Images)

Dropping their first seven games of this season led a coaching change for the Columbus Blue Jackets, replacing Todd Richards with John Tortorella. In their 11 games under Tortorella, the Jackets have a 6-5-0 record entering their Nov. 17 game against the St. Louis Blues.

Unfortunately, they’re mired at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division with a lot of ground to gain if they hope to reach a playoff berth. While time remains on their side, GM Jarmo Kekalainen is still trying to find a trade to bolster the Jackets’ defense.

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Avalanche’s Landeskog suspended two games for hit to the head of Bruins’ Marchand (Updated)

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Gabriel Landeskog hits Brad Marchand (via Streamable)

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety is going to be taking a look at a hit thrown by Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog Thursday night.

In the second period of the Avalanche’s tilt in Boston, Bruins winger Brad Marchand took a step into the middle of the ice to curl inside and fire a shot on Colorado netminder Reto Berra. As Marchand cut to the inside, his body opened up and Avalanche captain Landeskog came in from outside the Colorado zone to throw a huge hit on Marchand. The hit spun Marchand through the air and left him down on the ice for a few moments: Read more