An abbreviated but annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• Bloated by egg nog, grog and holiday chow, 20 teams must rouse themselves to action tonight as the NHL resumes play — 10 had to hop early morning flights. Looks like the NHL’s Christmas break may not be all that beneficial to players.
• Bruce Boudreau actually likes the NHL’s extended three-day Christmas break (the new CBA mandates an extra day), but now comes the challenge of getting his Ducks to maintain their momentum after an excellent first half of the season.
• Saturday night, the Blues and the Blackhawks — old rivals — will revive a holiday tradition that’s been missing for 12 years.
• Outdoor hockey mania obviously has its limits. After sluggish ticket sales and some fan dismay about sky-high prices, passes for Anaheim’s outdoor game against the Kings at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25 will now be cheaper. Fans who have already bought tickets will get a refund for the difference in price.
• The spiced apple doesn’t fall far from the fruit cart: Patrick Roy’s son Frederick was ejected from the first game of the Spengler Cup tournament, a 5-0 loss by his Rochester Americans of the AHL, for dropping the gloves and going after Cody Almond of the Swiss Geneva-Servette squad. Some patented Roy brand fireworks ensued.