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Scott Cullen takes a look at the stories from December 26th through January 2nd, including not-so-happy holidays in New Jersey, an Oilers-Penguins trade, World Juniors, contract extensions and more. Giovani Bernard Jersey . DEBOER FIRED A Merry Christmas to former New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer, who was relieved of his duties on Boxing Day, with GM Lou Lamoriello taking over behind the bench, with Adam Oates and Scott Stevens in charge of the forwards and defence, respectively. In 251 games with the Devils, DeBoer compiled a 115-95-41 record (.540 points percentage) and made it to the Stanley Cup Final, losing to the Los Angeles Kings, in 2012. In 251 games, the Devils had strong possession numbers (52.5% of even-strength shot attempts in that span ranks sixth), but it has been undone by poor (shooting and save) percentages at both ends of the rink. It’s hard to look at the Devils’ current roster – old and lacking top-end talent – and not pin the blame for their slide on Lamoriello, general manager, more than DeBoer, the coach. PERRON TRADE The Pittsburgh Penguins have been seeking a scoring winger for most of the season and pulled the trigger to acquire David Perron from Edmonton, a team that has begun planning, in earnest, for 2015-16. In this case, it means the Oilers moving out a proven scoring winger with a year-and-a-half left on his contract, in the hopes that they will secure future value from a first-round pick and whatever they might receiver from Rob Klinkhammer, a bruising winger with an expiring contract. At this moment, the Penguins have improved and ought to be Cup contender, while the Oilers have gotten worse and set their sights on a top draft pick. U.S. ELIMINATED FROM WORLD JUNIORS They might well have been the second-best team in the tournament, but after losing to Canada on New Year’s Eve, Team USA was bounced from the medal round when they lost 3-2 to Russia. Such is the peril of a single-elimination tournament. Take some penalties – as the Americans did (eight minor penalties, including seven in the first half of the game) – and run into a hot goalie (Team USA outshot the Russians 41-25) – as the Americans did – and suddenly very realistic hopes of a gold medal are gone. Dylan Larkin, a first-round pick of the Red Wings in 2014, was a standout in the tournament for USA, scoring five goals and seven points in five games, while Jack Eichel, the prospect battling Connor McDavid for top spot in the 2015 Draft, had a goal and four points for the Americans. WORLD JUNIOR LEADERS As always, the World Junior Hockey Championship is a great showcase for young hockey talent and some top prospects are off the terrific starts in this year’s tournament. Canada’s Sam Reinhart, the No. 2 overall pick by Buffalo last summer, has eight points (3 G, 5 A) in four preliminary games to hold an early edge on William Nylander (No. 8 to Toronto), Larkin (No. 15 to Detroit) and David Pastrnak (No. 25 to Boston), who all had seven points. Reinhart’s linemate, Max Domi (No. 13 to Arizona in 2013), Nic Petan (2013 second-round pick to Winnipeg) and Sweden’s Oskar Lindblom (2014 fifth-round pick to Philadelphia) also had seven points. Swedish defenceman Gustav Forsling, a 2014 fifth-round pick of Vancouver, was the top scoring defenceman with six points through the preliminary round. FOLIGNO CASHES IN Enjoying a career year in Columbus, left winger Nick Foligno signed a six-year, $33-million contract extension with the Blue Jackets. Foligno would have been an unrestricted free agent, in a shallow market, in the offseason, but it’s impossible to turn down a deal offering that kind of long-term security. Foligno has 17 goals and 32 points in 34 games this season, easily the best per-game scoring rates of his career and with a career-high 22.1% shooting percentage, he’s almost assured to regress. It’s possible that Foligno can provide fair value as a top-six forward over the next few seasons, but once he’s past 30, which is more than half of this deal, it seems less likely that he will produce enough to justify $5.5-million per season. SO DOES BJUGSTAD The Florida Panthers also extended a frontline player with a new six-year, $24.6-million contract for centre Nick Bjugstad, signing the 22-year-old centre to a six-year, $24.6-million extension. He’s the Panthers’ leading scorer, with a modest 21 points (13 G, 8 A) in 35 games this season, but he’s driving play while starting more than half of his shifts in the defensive zone, a good sign at a young age that he can handle tough minutes. While the Blue Jackets’ deal for Foligno looks like it’s born out of optimism that he can maintain unsustainable percentages, Bjugstad is finishing more (13.7 SH%) this year, but his on-ice shooting percentage (7.7%) is still rather modest and likely to get better with more skilled linemates over time. That this contract covers relatively early years of Bjugstad’s career, leading into his prime, make it more likely that he will produce enough to justify the price. The deal also covers mostly restricted free agent seasons, along with a couple of years in which Bjugstad would be unrestricted. When this contract expires, and he’s a 29-year-old unrestricted free agent, there will still be an opportunity to sign another lucrative deal, so long as he continues his currently promising career arc. NEW OWNER FOR COYOTES It can get exhausting keeping track of who is in charge of the Arizona Coyotes from one year to the next. The latest to hold a majority ownership stake is Andrew Barroway, a hedge fund manager who agreed to purchase a 51% ownership stake for $155-million. That would put the price of the Coyotes franchise around $300-million, which is more than the $225-million that Forbes had for Coyotes in their most recent valuations. The deal still requires the approval of the NHL Board of Governors. CROWDED CREASE IN ST. LOUIS When the St. Louis Blues decided to sign veteran goaltender Martin Brodeur – following an injury to starter Brian Elliott – that opened up the possibility that the Blues would have three NHL goaltenders under contract once Elliott was healthy and, after nearly five weeks on the sidelines, Elliott is back. Brodeur has a .904 save percentage in six games with the Blues, which would hardly qualify for a significant role going forward, but 24-year-old Jake Allen (.899 SV%) has also struggled. The trouble is that Allen would need to clear waivers to be sent to the AHL and it seems unlikely that he would get through, so the Blues are carrying three goalies for the time being. WASHINGTON WINS THE WINTER CLASSIC Maybe the TV ratings weren’t what they had hoped and the buzz leading up to the outdoor game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals wasn’t quite to the same level as previous Winter Classics, but more than 42,000 fans took in a well-played, competitive game on New Year’s Day in Washington, D.C. Washington’s Troy Brouwer, a former Blackhawk, scored the winning goal with 13 seconds remaining in the third period – a power-play goal after a questionable penalty call on Blackhawks superstar Jonathan Toews. JOHNNY BE GOOD Named the NHL Rookie of the Month for December, after scoring 13 points (8 G, 5 A) in 14 games, Flames left winger Johnny Gaudreau has shown that size isn’t everything. Since starting this season with no points and one shot on goal in his first give games, Gaudreau has put up 30 points (12 G, 18 A) in the past 33 games and is now the only viable challenger for Filip Forsberg, who has 35 points, in the rookie scoring race. Scott Cullen can be reached at [email protected] Jeff Driskel Jersey . 5 Trade Deadline isnt that far away and teams will be making decisions on whether to buy, sell and decide which players can make the biggest difference and hold the greatest value. Adam Jones Jersey . The Brazil defender was substituted 13 minutes into Wednesdays 2-1 Copa del Rey win at Athletic Bilbao because of a right hamstring problem. Scans revealed a second grade tear which could keep him out for a reported four to six weeks. http://www.officialbengalsprofanatics ... -Friday-Cj-Uzomah-Jersey/ . After all, the No. 8 seed is chasing far loftier goals. Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., defeated American Jack Sock 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in Wimbledons second round on Thursday.FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Tony Gonzalez is having a harder time saying goodbye to the NFL than he imagined. As he prepares to host 40 family members and friends in Atlantas season finale, Gonzalez sounds as if he isnt entirely ready to walk away. When the Falcons announced in March that he would return this year, the 13-time Pro Bowl tight end was "100 per cent certain" he would retire after the season. Now Gonzalez wonders if he could change his mind again if Atlanta returns to playoff contention next fall and general manager Thomas Dimitroff gives him a call. "Id have to cross that bridge when I get to it, but right now I dont have any plans," he said. "I know for sure I wont be on an opening day for roster anybody. Im going to-- this is it. This is it." Meeting with reporters Friday, Gonzalez focused most of his answers on the end of his career. The 37-year-old insisted that hes pleased to "go out on his own terms" and added that hes "thankful for the opportunity" to have stayed healthy and productive for 17 seasons. Gonzalez ranks second in career catches, fifth in yards receiving and sixth in touchdown catches. No NFL tight end ever put up such numbers, but Gonzalez hardly returned this year to pad his stats. He craved playing in his first Super Bowl, winning a championship and making a legendary exit. The Falcons, though, never had a chance. Julio Jones, Sam Baker and Kroy Biermann suffered season-ending injuries. Sean Weatherspoon played in only seven games. Roddy White made 12 starts and Steven Jackson made 11, but both players were hurt most of the year. Quarterback Matt Ryan was harassed all season behind a weak offensive, and Atlantas defence was gouged repeatedly for big plays. Not surprisingly, Gonzalezs production dropped off as opponents double-teamed his routes. In October and early November, Gonzalez openly discussed his frustration and held out hope that the Falcons could still turn the season around. By the first of December, though, Gonzalez took a different approach with reporters, reminiscing about his early morning drives from hectic Buckhhead to the picturesque mountain view at team headquarters. Jeremy Hill Jersey. He talked about missing quality time with his kids but also feeling grateful to former teammates and coaches in Kansas City and those hes worked with in Atlanta the last five years. "I know I could come back and play a couple of more years if I wanted to, but its time for me to go," Gonzalez said. "Its time for me to get back to my family, get back to California, where Im from and explore that next chapter of my life. Im going to have fun with it." Television work is a possibility for Gonzalez, but playing football might not be out of the question. The Falcons, after all, signed him to a two-year, $14 million contract last March, and if they get off to a strong start next season, Gonzalez might reconsider, but he stopped short of saying that he plans to file retirement papers with the NFL. Then again, the aches and pains of a 16-game season arent getting easier, this despite the Falcons allowing him to miss over three weeks of training camp and preseason games last summer. "Like I said, dont anybody ever feel bad for me," Gonzalez said, smiling. "The things Ive accomplished in my career are more than anybody ever deserves." With one full day remaining before Atlanta (4-11) hosts the playoff-bound Carolina Panthers (11-4), Gonzalez is eager to go out with a victory. He had a good ride with the Falcons in his first four years, helping the team go 45-19 and win his first playoff game last January. But after narrowly beating Seattle in the divisional round, Atlanta fell 10 yards short against San Francisco in the NFC title game. "You never know when it can come to an end, and thats always been my approach," Gonzalez said. "Ive never said that Ive arrived with my accomplishments. Ive never, ever said that thats good enough for me or Ive caught enough balls to last a lifetime. I always wanted to keep working and keep working in case this is it, and now that Im coming into my last one, Im glad Ive done it that way. 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