Holiday over... blogging starts again today.
While I was gone:
- The Winter Classic was so popular, my in-laws watched it.
- Crosby had the second-most embarrassing fight of the weekend. So far.
- The Bruins discovered you can't win 'em all, though you can certainly come close.
- Americans celebrated the annual "remember that the NHL still exists and think about watching a game this season" holiday weekend.
In honor of all the kids enjoying their winter break, it's the Bruins' report card through the New Year:
Suddenly, the best wrist-shot in the league.
Still waiting for recognition as a contemporary Adam Oates.
Is it possible that this guy won't even be on the roster next season? Stay tuned.
A bigger surprise than Thomas. The perfect backup early on, now he's the perfect 1B.
The NHL's most improved player?
Remember when we were willing to trade a promising young forward for a reliable #2 blueliner? Me neither.
Not all Calder candidates pan out in the long run. Wheeler will.
A frustrating start, but he's justified the contract so far.
A great season statistically, and full of highlight hits... but still a sense of untapped potential.
His B-game might be awesome, but it's not good enough for the captain of a contender.
After a startlingly strong debut, he's back down to earth as a struggling rookie.
As long as he wins key faceoffs, we can overlook his 10-goal pace.
Another year of waiting for him to blossom -- unless he turns it up this month, consider him late-season trade bait.
Not to hold his injury against him, but Kobie's taken a big step backward this season.
No goals and three assists in 29 games? Really?
Even a defensive specialist has got to pose some offensive threat to justify a roster spot.
See: Alberts, Andrew
Even before the shoulder injury, he'd done little to secure a permanent callup.
The most waiver-worthy player on the team, except that his contagious toughness is hard to replace.
The guy you'd want in your foxhole.
The big question: how soon is too soon?