Kukla's Korner Hockey
NEW YORK (February 2, 2009) – New Jersey Devils right wing Jamie Langenbrunner, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby and Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Feb. 1.
NHL Network’s “On the Fly” presents the plays of the month.
Craig Hartsburg was fired as head coach of the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night, only 48 games into his first season behind the team’s bench.
The final straw for Hartsburg might have been Sunday’s 7-4 loss to the Washington Capitals. After the game, Hartsburg called his team out for not playing hard.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Penner was a dressing room no-show after the game, sending word that he was “in the gym.”
The previous game, MacTavish had been asked about benching Penner and replied: “Dustin lacks the consistency, night in and night out, but I wasn’t upset with the lack of focus or energy. He just struggled with the puck.”
Yesterday, he had more to say.
“He’s lost his game. It’s more than his play with the puck. When you have a guy like Hemsky playing the way he is right now, all you have to do is get him the puck somewhere between the hash marks in your own end and the red line and you are going to get a chance.
“Hemsky’s an elite player playing at the top of the game and we have to find someone for him.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
And so here are the Rangers 51 games into the regular season that’s been far more successful than we ever envisioned, that’s for sure. But it all somehow seems so empty, doesn’t it?
Where is the color?
Where is the edge to their game?
Where is the player who can be expected to step up his game in the tournament?
Where is the player with the capability of inspiring his teammates?
Where is the player an opponent is going to have to worry about stopping in a best-of-seven?
from CBC Sports,
Carbonneau said the Russian has to step up his game if Montreal has any hope of catching Boston….
“Alex is a professional. He’s not a rookie,” Carbonneau said. “Right now, he’s struggling, but we need him [if we’re going to] go far.”
It’s been suggested in the Montreal media that Kovalev’s play tapers off when captain Saku Koivu is in the lineup. Koivu returned to action for the Habs on Jan. 21 after missing 17 games with an ankle injury, and Kovalev has struggled since then.
“I hope that’s not the truth or we’re in trouble, because I’m not taking the C off Saku — that’s the bottom line,” Carbonneau said. “If anyone needs a letter to perform on the ice, I have trouble with that.”
from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,
The CBC analyst and former coach also referenced an earlier fight with Phoenix’s Keith Yandle, which also drew the ire of Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky. In that fight, Clutterbuck unsnapped his helmet as if to take it off, but when Yandle made no similar move, it stayed on.
So Cherry called Clutterbuck “Buttercup.”
“I just disagree,” Clutterbuck, 21, said. “If you look at the incidents, the first time I asked to take my helmet off and said, ‘No, I’m not going to be the only guy in a fight to take my helmet off.’
“The second time against White, he jumped me from behind, so what do you want? What do you want from me, really — realistically?”
from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,
,,,Granted, the Flyers-Blues game was over the top, but in the 12 games played Saturday night, there were a total of 139 penalties called.
Does anyone but me think that this is out of hand or believe that referees today are trying to be a bigger part of the game than they should be? I’ve been on this rant before, especially after the lockout when the obstruction rules went into play. It was crazy in the first few months and then seemed to settle down.
Now it seems crazy again, and some of these calls - sorry, make that most - are really nitpicking, borderline BS….
This game is supposed to be decided by five-on-five play. Special teams are a huge part of it, but they should not be the determining factor in every single one. The league has to start looking at this again and find a way to rein it back in.
from The Universal Cynic,
TUC is still trying to figure out what Mr. Eugene’s deal is. One day he’s venting and applying completely inappropriate analogies to the Senators’ woes; the next he’s on the radio acting so sickeningly sweet and positive you’d think he was freelancing for Disney…or a chiropractor.
Look, I get that the guy has to pull for the team—after all, he’s the one who’s ponying up for them. But no one’s forcing him to open his mouth right now, and therein lies the rub. These days, Ottawa fans don’t want to hear that this team has a legitimate shot at a playoff berth, a lengthy post-season run, or God forbid, a Stanley Cup victory.
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 email@example.com