Hockey News: Lundqvist Contract; Commodore vs. Babcock

Taylor Hall got a hat trick last night. Not every fan wears a hat. [Puck Daddy]

Johnny Boychuk was taken to a local hospital after a scary hit; no immediate details on his condition. [NESN]

Johnny Boychuk (BridgetDS/Flickr)
Johnny Boychuk (BridgetDS/Flickr)

Henrik Lundqvist will make a lot of money for continued mediocrity in the playoffs. [TSN]

The TSN insiders will continue to provide us with inside information for a long time. And James Duthie will also be there. [Toronto Sports Media]

Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby play good hockey together. Team Canada might want to pay attention. [Pensburgh]

Is Morgan Rielly going to be released for the World Juniors or not? [Rant Sports]

Tyler Bozak is injured again, and the Leafs will now be holding open tryouts for a centreman. [Give Me Sport]

Mike Commodore doesn’t love Mike Babcock. [Octopus Thrower]

Jamie Benn’s Olympic camp snub has served as motivation. [Globe and Mail]

(Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)
(Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)

The Sabres will release Mikhail Grigorenko to play for Russia at the World Juniors. Not like they really need him in Buffalo anyway. [Sabre Noise]

Another list of the NHL’s most hated players. No Matt Cooke for some reason. [Pegasus News]

The Canucks will be without Alex Edler for a while. [Sportsnet]

Patrick Berglund should make the blooper wheels this week. [CBS Sports]

The Blue Jackets will be without goalie Bob for at least a month. [USA Today]

Evgeni Malkin is injured, because that’s just how things go for the Penguins. [Pittsburgh Post Gazette]

And finally, Pittsburgh beat San Jose 5-1 last night, and Marc-Andre Fleury allowed one goal on 45 shots. Not enough to impress Logan Couture, however.