With the NHL on hold thanks to the Winter Olympics, all is relatively quiet on the hockey front. But yesterday, out of the darkness came the news that Edmonton Oilers forward Mike Comrie got engaged to girlfriend, and Hollywood starlet, Hilary Duff. The couple had been dating for two years, and apparently Comrie popped the question Thursday night while they vacationed in Maui. This marks the second hockey player to get engaged to a woman more famous then he is, as earlier this year Mike Fisher of the Ottawa Senators announced he would be tying the knot with country singer Carrie Underwood. It remains to be seen if the city of Edmonton will be graced with the presence of Duff for years to come, as Comrie is one of many Oiler players on the trade block. Three days after the Olympics end, the trade deadline takes center stage, and Edmonton is among a few teams who will most definitely be sellers. It will interesting to see how long Duff will last in Northern Canada, considering how Chris Pronger’s wife was desperate to get out, and was reportedly the driving force behind Prongers departure from Edmonton, and the Oilers subsequent failure. But no offense to Comrie, who has 11 points in 25 games for Edmonton this year, losing him may not have the same impact on the Oilers future as losing Pronger did.
Sunday night, the unthinkable happened for Canadian hockey fans everywhere. Team USA beat Canada, forcing the host nation to fall into the qualification round en route to the gold medal. Coming into the tournament as underdogs, Team USA is now one of the favorites. No doubt hockey fans are surprised that Canada currently sits in 6th place in the hockey rankings and will have to fight just to get to the semi-finals. They are slated to play Germany Tuesday night, and if they win that game, it’s on to Dennis Grebeshkov and Team Russia. Gresbeshkov hasn’t picked up a point yet, but has been very solid, showing glimpses of why the Oilers thought he would be an asset to their team. Hopefully he can continue this strong play when he gets back to Edmonton next week. Or maybe he can provide some trade bait for more draft picks as the Oilers begin their journey of rebuilding. Fellow defencemen and NHL teammate Lubomir Visnosky scored a goal in Slovakia’s 6-0 rout of Latvia, and his team plays their next game Tuesday against Norway.