The Montreal Canadiens sent big, lanky center Andres Engqvist back down to Hamilton yesterday, clearing the way for Jeff Halpern to return to the lineup.
Given that the Canadiens have a week off after their tilt tomorrow night against the Flyers, this must mean Halpern is 100 percent ready to hit the ice.
His strength in the faceoff circle and the penalty kill will be a boon for the Canadiens, whose walking wounded just have to push through Tuesday before enjoying some well needed R&R.
Carey Price will be the lone Canadien in Raleigh for the All-Star festivities, which start on Friday with a live televised draft of sorts in which the All-Star captains, Nicklas Lidstrom and Eric Stall, will choose their teams.
For an event that usually doesn't hold my attention for anything more than the skills competition, I have to say that I am intrigued and will likely tune in to see what the deal is on Friday.
But will you? What are your thoughts on the All-Star game? Do you care or, like me, do you only enjoy the skills competition?
The Sunday Shinny - Episode 6
Here is episode six of the Sunday Shinny on the Team 990 for your listening pleasure, or if you hate podcasts, for your angst and derision.
Topics include the last chance to enter our Habs contest, the return of Koivu and Lapierre, Forsberg and Nabakov and the latest on the night club drama with Mike Komisarek.
Click play to listen in (40:12 listening time):
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