Kukla's Korner Hockey
via Tim Sassone of Between the Circles,
Sami Pahlsson will report to the Hawks on Sunday, but he won’t play for at least another week or two.
“He’ll be out for a little bit here,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “I think he’ll start skating soon and once we get him on the ice we’ll rehab him here.
“He’s training and working off the ice and building himself up at a better pace the last few days. I spoke to him (Thursday) and he’s excited about it, but I think we’ll get a better indication when we get him here.”
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
When the NHL’s 30 general managers convene in Florida on Monday for their annual meetings, the future of fighting in hockey will dominate the discussions.
Based on interviews with several GMs, there is at least one form of fighting most of them would like to see disappear, but no one knows how to do it without an outright ban on fights. And no general manager could be found who supports the complete elimination of fighting.
What most of them would like to see is an end to the staged fight, where two players whose only role on the team is to fight, drop their gloves and go at it.
“The sense I get is there will be a lot of discussion on staged fights,” said Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli. “I’m against that. But no, I don’t see an outright ban on fighting.”
from Scott Cullen of TSN,
Before getting into a tour of the European leagues, and the more reconizable names to NHL fans, I did some digging at one of my favourite sites www.behindthenet.ca to examine some of the stats that go a little deeper than the standard goals, assists and plus-minus.
The site does terrific work pulling information from data feeds in order to measure what players do in 5-on-5 situations, so I pulled apart the numbers to come up with the following:
First, in an effort to see who has the puck in the opposing end most often relative to the opposition,
Top 20 in Shot Differential per 60 minutes (minimum 25 games)
1. Sergei Fedorov, C, Washington - 14.8
2. James Wisniewski, D, Anaheim - 12.4
3. Johan Franzen, LW, Detroit - 11.6
from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,
Evgeny Artyukhin has been warned. Actually, warned might be too strong a word. He has been challenged.
“He’s a great kid, but his … learning curve has to start quicker,” coach Rick Tocchet said. “He’s had a full season here now; the (trade) deadline is past. He’s got nothing to worry about. We need him to get going this year quickly. I can’t put it any more bluntly with a guy like him. He’s got 18 games to get it.”
“The frustrating part with a guy like Artyukhin is he should have tip goals or goals around the net or chances every game.”
Figuring out how to shoot a one-timer would help, Tocchet said, and the big Russian tried during Friday’s skate but couldn’t get the hang of it.
“When he shoots the puck, he’s straight-legged,” Tocchet said. “If he could get a wide base and learn how to bend his knees, he could shoot the puck better and also tip some pucks for you. … He has to be an A- and B-type player, hit, go to the net. … We need a guy like that.”
more on the Lightning…
via TSN, The Philadelphia Flyers have nullified the trade they made on March 4 for defenceman Kyle McLaren. The 31-year-old did not pass his physical, according to Flyers GM Paul Holmgren.
McLaren had been sent to Philadelphia from San Jose in exchange for a sixth round pick at this year’s draft.
from the Detroit Free Press,
Colleen Howe, the wife of Red Wings legend Gordie Howe, has passed away.
The Red Wings confirmed that Howe, who was known as Mrs. Hockey, died today in Bloomfield Hills. She was 76.
Colleen Howe had been battling Pick’s disease, a progressive dementia that alters a person’s personality, since 2002.
“We extend our deepest condolences to Gordie, Mark, Marty, Cathy, Murray and the entire Howe family,” said Red Wings owners Mike and Marian Ilitch. “Colleen was a pioneer hockey wife and hockey mom and devoted her entire life to the betterment of the game. She will be sincerely missed by us and all who knew her.”
Adam Kimelman of NHL.com has a story up too.
NEW YORK (March 6, 2009)—National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released this statement regarding the passing away of Colleen Howe, wife of Detroit Red Wings legend Gordie Howe:
“The National Hockey League grieves the passing of Colleen Howe—a formidable woman, the wife and partner of our iconic player, the matriarch of a remarkable hockey family. On behalf of generations of fans, we send our deepest condolences to Gordie and his loved ones.”
from Alan Ryder of the Globe and Mail,
What has quickly become the NHL’s spiciest rivalry continues Sunday afternoon in Washington, assuming that Sidney Crosby’s sore groin is ready to go.
Alexander Ovechkin won Round One, capturing the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie in 2006. Crosby won the Art Ross and Hart Trophies in 2007 to claim Round Two. But Ovechkin trumped that last season with an unprecedented sweep of the Ross, Hart and Richard trophies.
These two are such great talents and still so young. So the question just dangles – how good could they be over time?
The answer to this question is in career projections. This exercise is much like trying to forecast the weather over the long term – accuracy is very challenging. But the exercise is awfully interesting.
continued with charts comparing the two to some of the greats of the game…
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Gary Roberts’ NHL career is over.
Unclaimed on waivers on trade deadline day, the 42-year-old veteran will not play another game with the Tampa Bay Lightning this season. He had already announced that he would retire at the end of this season.
A formal announcement of Roberts’ retirement is expected from the Lightning.
from Chris Nichols of Sporstnet,
Each Friday there are normally two or three “quotables”, but this time around we’re going to dedicate 100% of the blog to looking at who said what following the trade action… along with a few others that were worth repeating.
LECLAIRE ON BEING OTTAWA’S TRUE #1
“I just want to come in and help,” Pascal Leclaire said in a conference call Wednesday afternoon after being dealt from Columbus for Antoine Vermette, as relayed via the Ottawa Citizen. “I don’t come in as the saviour or anything like that. Hockey is a 20-player thing. I’m just excited to be part of that group.”
JORDAN STAAL, ON BEING ANXIOUS
“This is really my first year I was worried that I might get traded,” Jordan Staal admitted to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette yesterday. GM Ray Shero made it clear right before the trade deadline though that despite interest from other teams, Staal was considered one of Pittsburgh’s untouchables.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The high-wire act that is running the Anaheim Ducks is a compelling tale.
Imagine Ducks GM Bob Murray with a foot on each side of a creek. One foot says the Ducks still want to win this season, and keeping Pronger (at least for the rest of this season) suggests as much. But the other foot says the Ducks need to begin replenishing the organization with younger assets, a process that got under way with the deals at Wednesday’s deadline.
Call it Murray’s split personality, but he’s worn two hats this season; given the circumstances, which included the need to trade in some expiring contracts for assets, he’s done about as well as he could have so far. And it will continue this summer.
There’s a very slim chance both Pronger and Scott Niedermayer will show up at Ducks camp in September.
About Kukla's Korner Hockey
Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.
Email Paul anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org