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1/3/12 Tuesday’s Player and Team Updates

Vancouver Canucks: Forward David Booth hopes to return to the lineup by Jan. 9th against the Panthers. Booth has skated for 3 straight days, but only for 15 minutes. Booth has been out with a sprained knee ligament since Dec. 6th. Defenseman Aaron Rome also skated but is still a ways from returning.

Philadelphia Flyers:  Jaromir Jagr has a mild left groin strain and is out for 7 to 10 days.

Montreal Canadiens: P.K. Subban and Tomas Plekanec dropped the gloves at yesterday’s practice. No big bombs were landed and both players resumed practicing afterwards. “It’s nothing personal between me and P.K., it’s about the team and to realize we have to start playing as a team,” said Plekanec. “Those things happen.

Buffalo Sabres: It’s sounding like the Sabres could be shopping some players in effort to turn their season around. Coach Lindy Ruff’s job is safe. The Sabres sit in 11th spot, but they don’t need to blow up their roster. Derek Roy, Drew Stafford, Paul Gaustad and Ryan Miller haven’t lived up to expectations or their contracts.

Ville Leino thinks he might be able to play on Saturday. Defenseman Tyler Myers joined the morning skate today. Sabres coach Lindy Ruff is optimistic that forward Jason Pominville (flu) will play tonight. Brad Boyes status is unknown as he suffered a stinger to his ankle.

Toronto Maple Leafs: Coach guesses that Colby Armstrong is 7 to 10 days away from returning to the lineup.

Tampa Bay Lightning: Forward Ryan Malone will be out tonight with a lower body injury.

Carolina Hurricanes: Defenseman Joni Pitkanen had surgery on his left knee, and is expected to be out for 4 weeks.

Washington Capitals: Forward Alexander Semin won’t play tonight, and that they will go with 7 Dmen, meaning Mike Green is back in the lineup.

NHL Suspension: Daniel Carcillo will be hearing from the NHL, logistics for either a conference call or in-person hearing are being worked out.

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