Predators GM to lead Team USA Hockey into Olympics?

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Now that 2010 Team USA Hockey general manager Brian Burke is out of the running to lead the squad into this year’s Games, TSN’s Bob McKenzie believes the post is likely to go to Nashville Predators GM David Poile when the staff is announced in New York City next Saturday.

Poile served as Team USA’s GM in 1998 and ’99, and served as Burke’s assistant at the Vancouver Games, where the team took silver after losing to Canada in overtime of the gold medal game.

Poile is also the only GM the Predators have had in their fifteen years, and has been credited with creating a competitive team with a limited budget and market. And despite his success at the last Olympics, it was the fact that Burke was fired from his job as GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs earlier this year that ultimately knocked him out of consideration.

Of course, there’s still no deal in place for the pros to play in Sochi yet, but regular reports suggest that the IOC, IIHF, NHL, and NHLPA are getting closer to signing something every day. Stay tuned.

Russian pairs skater slices leg in worlds practice, needs 10 stitches (video)

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Russian pairs skater Yevgenia Tarasova needed 10 stitches after her partner’s skate sliced her leg in practice Wednesday.

Hours later, Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov skated to third place in the short program at the world championships in Helsinki.

“We were thinking about withdrawing because after this incident we left the ice immediately, there was a long break off the ice, we didn’t know how I would feel in skates,” Tarasova said afterward. “But when I was asked, ‘Will you skate?’ I said, ‘I will!’ And I wasn’t thinking about the pain during our performance.”

Morozov called her “a hero.”

In Thursday’s free skate, Tarasova and Morozov will be largely tasked with keeping Russia from going three straight years without world championships pairs medalists, which would be the longest drought for Soviet and Russian pairs since their dominance began in the 1960s.

Tarasova and Morozov trail Chinese leaders Sui Wenjing and Han Cong by 1.86 points and second-place Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany by .47.

Another Russian pair is in fifth place going into the free skate (1 p.m. ET, NBCSN, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app).

Full worlds short program results are here.

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World Cup champ lands first quad cork 1800 (video)

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Switzerland’s Andri Ragettli landed what’s being touted as the first ski quad cork 1800 in a video published recently.

Ragettli, 18, is one of the leading slopestyle skiers in the world. He won the World Cup season title in 2015-16 and placed second this year, in addition to fifth- and sixth-place finishes at the last two Winter X Games.

Previously, Ragettli became the first slopestyle skier to land back-to-back triples in a full competition at the 2016 Winter X Games, according to ESPN.com.

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