-The qualification round schedule has been released.
-“I think he’s a tough guy to keep up with. He’s so fast. The way he thinks about the game seems like it’s far beyond everyone else’s process. It’s the same thing in the last Olympics, keep shuffling around until you found something that fit.” - Canada forward Rick Nash on playing with Sidney Crosby (right).
-Between Drew Doughty (four goals) and Shea Weber (two goals), six of Canada's 11 goals have come from defensemen.
-“The European teams, they clog it up pretty good. There’s usually five guys in the middle of the ice. It’s all about your compete level and battle and try and create space in there and just get pucks to the net. It almost feels like there’s more room over there, in the NHL. The ice is smaller but I feel like guys are a little more spread out. They force more on the boards. Where here, you get the puck on the wall, teams kind of back off and give you that space on the wall and just clog up the middle. It’s a little bit different.” - Canada forward on how defense has been played in this tournament on the larger IIHF ice surface.
-"You shouldn't measure a man by how old he is. You should measure his brain. Alfie is really young there." - Sweden scoach Par Marts on 41-year-old forward Daniel Alfredsson.
-Why have there been so many injuries in this tournament?
-Happy 42nd birthday to former Penguins forward Vladimir Vujtek. A free agent signing in the 2002 offseason, Vujtek's Penguins career amounted to five games and one assist in 2002-03. He was released early in the season.
-Happy 65th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Jim Rutherford. Claimed from the Red Wings in an intra-league draft during the 1971 offseason, Rutherford spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. In 1971-72, Rutherford appeared in 40 games, went 17-15-5 with a 3.22 goals against average and one shutout. He appeared in four postseason games that spring and went 0-4 with a 3.50 goals against average. He followed that up in 1972-73 by playing in 49 games and posting a record of 20-22-5 with a 2.91 goals against average with three shutouts. After 26 games, a 7-12-4 record and a 3.44 goals against average, Rutherford was traded back to the Red Wings along with Jack Lynch in exchange for Ron Stackhouse. In 115 regular season games with the Penguins, Rutherford was 44-49-14 with a 3.14 goals against average and four shutouts. He is currently the general manager of the Hurricanes
-Happy 48th birthday to former Penguins forward Luc Robitaille. Acquired in the 1994 offseason, Robitaille's only season in Pittsburgh was the lockout-shortened 1994-95 campaign. In 46 games, Robitaille scored 42 points. In 12 postseason games that spring, he scored 11 points including a memorable overtime goal in Game 5 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal round against the Capitals (below). In the 1995 offseason, Robitaille was traded to the Rangers along with Ulf Samuelsson in exchange for Petr Nedved and Sergei Zubov. Featured in the movie "Sudden Death," Robitaille was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009. He is currently the president of business operation for the Kings.
-The Sabres placed forward Linus Omark on unconditional waivers.
-The Wild signed former Penguins goaltender John Curry to a two-way contract.
-Former Avalanche/Capitals/Kings forward Brian Willsie has joined Orebro of Sweden's SHL.
(Photos: Crosby-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Rutherford-Penguins Hockey Cards)