• The Today show celebrated the ‘one year until the Winter Olympics’ mark by having on the U.S. Women’s National Team and National Sled Team. Bonus! USWNT gets to meet Mariska Hargitay and her costars from Law & Order: SVU. [@USAHockey]

• After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis early in the season, Bryan Bickell is targeting a return to the Carolina Hurricanes after their five day bye. [NHL]

• Boston University has been conducting studies on the brains of deceased NHL players as they learn more about CTE. The NHL wants to see their data. In the researcher’s opinion, this is so they can find ways to refute the conclusions. [TSN]

• 10 thoughts on Don Sweeney and what comes next for the Bruins. [Boston Globe]

• Situations surrounding Claude Julien’s firing adds to the ‘crazy’ string of events around all coaches being let go this season. [AP]

• Going through the highs and lows of the Julien-era with the Bruins. [Boston.com]

• A dispute over money has NHL owners leaning towards not allowing the players to go to the Olympics. [AFP]

• Gary Bettman’s ‘Olympic brinkmanship.’ [Spector’s Hockey]

• Jim Paek helping Korea’s Olympic hockey team ‘get better every day.’ [CBC]

• Explaining why Andrew Shaw is a good pick as the Montreal Canadiens You Can Play ambassador. [Chicago Tribune]

• James van Riemsdyk is embracing his role as a You Can Play ambassador from the Toronto Maple Leafs. [Toronto Sun]

• Lack of fan support is NOT the reason the New York Islanders and their move to Barclays Center didn’t work out. [Islanders Point Blank]

• The New York Rangers don’t need to ‘force’ a deal at the deadline. [NY Post]

• If teams want to trade for Curtis Lazar, the Ottawa Senators asking price is ‘comically high.’ [The 6th Sens]

• Why the St. Louis Blues should be sellers at the trade deadline. [Pro Hockey News]

• At 24-years-old, Theresa Feaster and Brittany Miller made history as the first women hired by different D1 NCAA men’s hockey teams coaching staffs in full-time roles. [NY Times]

• Meghan Duggan and Hilary Knight ‘aren’t concerned’ with recent struggles of the NWHL. [AP]

• The Connecticut Whale have acquired Zoe Hickel from the Boston Pride. [The Ice Garden]

• A minor hockey league official in Saskatoon ended a game early over alleged fan abuse. The official has since been suspended and he’s not happy. [CKOM]

• Taking a break from the usual Edmonton Oilers hockey debate to debate one that is esthetic in nature: orange or blue? [Edmonton Journal]

• They said it was gone forever, but The Royal Half has uncovered the infamous Kelly Hrudey pump up music video – “Hrudey on Duty.” It is glorious. [Kings]

• Finally, the Buffalo Sabres profile Harrison Browne. If you can play, you can play.