NHL notebook: Roy upset about Avs travel schedule

Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy voices his displeasure with the officials during NHL...

Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy voices his displeasure with the officials during NHL action against the Winnipeg Jets Dec. 12, 2013. (Kevin King/Winnipeg Sun/QMI Agency)

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Patrick Roy was not pleased with his team's worst loss of the season last week, a 7-2 beatdown by the Blackhawks in Chicago following the holiday break.

And the Colorado Avalanche head coach is especially not a fan of the NHL's new travel rule, which made it impossible for his team to schedule a morning skate before the game.

"I'm not going to use that as a reason why we lost," Roy told the Denver Post about not having a morning skate in Chicago. "(But) it's unacceptable that we have to lose an hour to go to Chicago ... How can you give a good show(ing)? No matter what, we were in a bad spot. We've done it in the past, but why (didn't) Chicago come here?

"I don't know who's working for the league for the schedule, but they need to understand that (when) Denver goes to Chicago, you're losing an hour (and) if you want to play at night you have to be up at 4 or 5 in the morning to get to the airport ... to have a good morning skate. It's nonsense."

The Avs took an 8 a.m. flight out of Denver and went straight to their hotel for lunch and a nap.

But Avs centre Matt Duchene didn't want to pin the loss on the travel.

"Sounds about right with our travel schedule," he said. "We get the short end of the stick a lot, but I don't think it had any difference in the game."

U.S. OLYMPIC GOALIES LEAKED

It appears Jonathan Quick, Ryan Miller and Jimmy Howard will be selected by Team USA for the Sochi Olympics in February.

Although USA Hockey will officially announce its Olympic roster Wednesday following the Winter Classic, the Detroit Free Press reported Sunday that Quick, Miller and Howard will make up the nation's goaltending trio in Russia.

Quick, 27, and Miller, 33, were always considered sure bets to make the squad. Howard, who has had a poor first half to the NHL season, was never a lock.

If the report is accurate, Tim Thomas, Craig Anderson, Ben Bishop and Cory Schneider -- all considered in contention for a spot at different points in the selection process -- will be watching the international event at home.

Miller suited up for his country in the 2006 and 2010 Olympics and is having an excellent season in Buffalo.

Quick, meanwhile, has managed to appear in only 16 games so far thanks to injuries. When healthy, Quick is arguably the top American goaltender in the world.

As for Howard, the 29-year-old has a 6-8-7 record with a .910 save percentage -- not the greatest numbers -- but has been on the rise the past couple of years and is reportedly well-liked by the USA Hockey brass.

PARISE HAS STRESS FRACTURE

The news doesn's sound too good for Zach Parise.

The Minnesota Wild left winger was placed on injured reserve Saturday and could potentially be out of the lineup for 4-6 weeks with an injured foot.

"We've got to keep him off the ice until it starts to feel better and then we might have to keep him off a little bit longer," Wild head coach Mike Yeo told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "We just have make sure he gets a full opportunity to heal. It's a long season and we need him to have the opportunity to go out and perform and compete at the level that he's capable of."

Apparently, the latest MRI done on his foot revealed a stress fracture that didn't appear the first time.

Parise is third in team scoring with 15 goals and 27 points in 37 games.

FLYERS WANT TO LOCK UP MASON

Steve Mason has been putting up some solid numbers so far this season.

Which means the Philadelphia Flyers could get the ink dried on a new deal in the new year with the starting goaltender, who is 15-9-4 with a 2.37 goals-against average and .921 save percentage.

"At some point, I'll reach out to Steve and his agent (Anton Thun)," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren told The Intelligencer of Doylestown, Pa. "Obviously, we're really happy with the way Steve has played. Our goaltending has been terrific for us."

Mason is playing on a one-year, $1.5-million extension signed after coming to the Flyers from the Columbus Blue Jackets last season.

Earlier this month, Thun suggested Mason should be getting a similar salary to what goaltender Carey Price received from the Montreal Canadiens, a six-year, $39-million contract.

TORRES KNEE STILL IN REHAB

Raffi Torres doesn't have a timetable for his return to the San Jose Sharks lineup.

The 32-year-old veteran forward is rehabbing his right knee after tearing his ACL in the Sharks final pre-season game against the Anaheim Ducks.

"Trying to get that out of my head," Torres told the San Jose Mercury News of any possible timetable. "Just worry about the next day and tomorrow, and hopefully wake up feeling ready to go and have another good practice. It's when you wake up and feel a little sore that you can't do as much."

Currently, Torres is skating for two or three days before taking a break depending on how he feels.

"I'm feeling good, but problem is you go a little too hard and you'll be sore for a couple of days," he said. "Still trying to stay about 60 percent."

BRIEFLY

The Boston Bruins assigned right winger Nick Johnson and defencemen Zach Trotman and David Warsofsky to Providence of the AHL.


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