The 2011-12 NHL regular season is a quarter of the way to the finish line. Exactly where did the time go?
Workers are already preparing Citizens Bank Park for the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, and the first week of All-Star Fan Balloting is in the books, with Ottawa chiming in quite loudly. Discussion on playoff and scoring races is getting some traction with most teams having roughly 60 games left to play.
Heck, after Sidney Crosby's virtuoso 4-point performance Monday night in Pittsburgh, more than a few pundits were ready to hand the Stanley Cup to the Penguins.
That's today's game. That's one of the things you have to deal with when you're a championship team. Guys are going to earn more money based on their performance and what they've achieved, [and] deservedly so. [Saad] falls into that category.
— Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville on Brandon Saad, who was traded by Chicago to the Columbus Blue Jackets this offseason