The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - January 7th, 2014

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Myers will be sitting out three games.

Sabres defenceman Tyler Myers had no intention of changing his hard-hitting style before taking part in a disciplinary hearing for his illegal check to New Jersey forward Dainius Zubrus’ head.

Now, Myers will have a week to reconsider after being suspended three games without pay by the NHL on Monday.

Following a hearing by phone with Myers, the league’s department of player safety ruled the fifth-year player unnecessarily extended and launched himself into making the hit along the boards during the third period of Buffalo’s 2-1 home win Saturday. It happened along the boards inside the Sabres’ zone, with Myers’ right shoulder catching Zubrus in the jaw.

Myers was assessed a minor penalty. Zubrus was briefly shaken up but continued playing.

In Thirty Thoughts it's mentioned that Yandle doesn't want to have to be a replacement.

A lot of the Team USA fallout centred on Bobby Ryan, partially because, sources say, hockey stuff tends not to get under-reported in a Canadian market. But, it is important to note Keith Yandle's reaction, telling The Arizona Republic's Sarah McLellan he didn't want to be an injury replacement, because it meant someone else would have to miss the tournament. Yandle then played 31 minutes against Columbus, missing five because of a fight.

Team Canada will announce their team at 11 am (ET).

One area that isn’t a weakness for Canada is down the middle. Beyond Crosby, Toews and Tavares, there’s Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks and Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins.

If Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning can return after breaking his right tibia, he’s expected to move to wing, possibly alongside Crosby. Other centres — such as Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche, Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks, Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes and Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers — would likely have to do the same.

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