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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
What a brutal day for GM Steve Yzerman, impacted on two fronts: most importantly on his NHL team but also on the Canadian Olympic team he is assembling. In fact, Yzerman was slated to assemble the Team Canada management staff Tuesday night in Toronto to update their player list for the Olympic team.
You don’t replace Stamkos, not on the Lightning (where Stamkos participated in 44 percent of his team’s goals scored this season), but not even on Team Canada.
Short of losing Sidney Crosby, not sure there’s a more damaging piece of news for Team Canada.
It is compounded by the fact Rick Nash -- another preseason lock to make the Olympic team -- has not returned to play since his early season concussion, although he’s skated of late so perhaps there will be good news soon.
Still, a sobering day on so many fronts, but most of all it’s the fans around the league who lose out the most, deprived of the game’s top goal scorer.
a bit more
added 5:20pm, from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
Stamkos will remain at Massachusetts General Hospital overnight, Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman said.
“It’s a big loss, but you know, we’ve been winning as a team and we’re going to have to find a way to continue doing that,’’ Lightning captain Marty St. Louis said. “We’re going to have to raise our game collectively. You don’t replace Stammer, but the guys are going to have to step up.’’
Added 7:16 p.m.
Team Canada said they'll still name #Lightning Stamkos to 25 man list. Don't think they would if they thought he had zero chance of playing— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) November 12, 2013
During a game between Vernon and Prince George, tempers flared after a boarding call. In the middle of a scrum between players, a BCHL linesman was one punched by Vernon Vipers #12 TJ Dumonceaux. Dumonceaux was assessed a 10 minute misconduct and game misconduct.
from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,
One possibility to take over the ‘C’ is Lidstrom’s former teammate on the Winged Wheel, center Henrik Zetterberg. He’s already pulled one team through the transition of life without Lidstrom and Zetterberg is encouraged by the raft of new talent available to the Tre Kronor.
“On our ‘D’ side it looks really good,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of young kids coming in. Oliver Ekman-Larsson is already a star in this league, we’ve got ‘Kronner’ (Wings mate Niklas Kronwall), Erik Karlsson, Jonas Brodin in Minnesota is doing a great job.…So a lot of guys can take that role and we’re going to see who does it in Sochi.”
While Zetterberg’s excellence on both sides of the puck will be a key part of Sweden’s attack up front, his experience will also help a national team in transition. Mainstays such as Peter Forsberg and Mattias Ohlund won’t be around, while Daniel Alfredsson will play in his last Games and be more of a secondary player. On the plus side, young stars Nicklas Backstrom and Loui Eriksson both saw duty in Vancouver.
“Everyone who has been a part of it before knows what to expect,” Zetterberg said. “I’ve been through the highs and lows of the Olympics, so nothing will be new. We will have a good team and we just have to do our best over the two weeks. If I get the captaincy, it will be a little different, but I’m not going to change the way I play.”
from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,
Geraldine Heaney couldn’t get a hold of anybody. Chris Chelios didn’t even know who else was going in with him. Everybody has a different tale of how they found out they had been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Upon getting the great news, organizers had told Brendan Shanahan to keep the news on the down-low in the short-term, presenting a vexing problem for the rough-and-tumble scorer.
“Couldn’t tell my mom,” he said with a grin. “Didn’t trust her.”
Instead, he told his 10-year-old son Jack and the two embraced in a poignant father-and-son moment for the ages.
Below, check out the HHOF ring the honorees received today...
Glenn Healy of HNIC appeared via Skype on Hockey Night Online today.
Topics discussed were the missed San Jose goal from last night, Ovechkin and Team Russia, Henrik Lundqvist, Marc-Andre Fleury and the Olympics (Healy says no) and a few other topics including the Flyers.
The video is almost 13 minutes long...
from Matt Dade of TSN,
The fly-by. Five guys skating by the bench for high fives after a goal. Ubiquitous in NHL arenas.
When did it begin?
I wanted to find out, so I called Darcy Tucker.
We'd heard that Vancouver Giants head coach Don Hay has said he thinks the three-time Memorial Cup champion Kamloops Blazers – his former team – may have started the trend in the early 90's.
Tucker remembers doing the fly-by, but not starting it. Ryan Huska, a former Blazer teammate and current Kelowna Rockets head coach, said the same.
Drew Bannister played for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the '92 Memorial Cup final against Kamloops. He says the Hounds were already doing the fly-by themselves, as were other OHL teams.
One month to the day.
It was exactly a month ago when Matt Scorisho laced up the skates to in a game that would change his life forever.
The Senior at Detroit Catholic Central High School in Novi, Michigan was playing in a Michigan Development Hockey League All-Star game last month when he suffered a sever spinal cord injury. In a split second, the high school senior with aspirations to play for Michigan State University after graduating, was left paralyzed from the waist down.
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
It might seem curious that Team Canada would pass over as gifted a skater, stickhandler and shooter as Subban for a tournament on Olympic-sized ice, but doing so would surely owe to a tag that has stuck to him since he was a junior player: risky in his own end.
The stats don’t bear that out – by any measure, Subban is an above-average defender, and has shown elite defending ability in his career – but how can Steve Yzerman and the other Team Canada selectors trust Subban to be steady and reliable when there are recent indications the Habs have their doubts?
Earlier this week coach Michel Therrien sent Andrei Markov, Subban’s regular partner, out with Francis Bouillon in the final two minutes of a 2-0 game at Madison Square Garden.
On Tuesday, with Montreal clinging to a 2-1 lead against Dallas, Therrien nailed Subban to the bench for the final 2:56, and threw the statuesque Douglas Murray on the ice alongside Markov.
Though Dallas generated a couple of quick scoring chances, the Habs held on.
But Therrien’s decision to keep his stud defenceman off the ice raised eyebrows, and voices, on Montreal talk radio and in fan forums – all amid the usual circumspection, which is to say borderline hysteria.
“I’m confident of Semyon’s innocence. I think it is sports and political move, as Varlamov is a candidate for the Russian national team. The main goal is to suspend him from training and games so that he loses practice and misses the Olympics.”
-State Duma deputy Igor Ananskikh, a member of Russia's most outspoken nationalist party, LDPR. A bit more at RSport.
added 8:30am, from Sport-Express (translated),
While the formal procedures were performed premises Varlamov in a prison cell business beginning to grow into the first details. It was learned that the statement made by the Russian goalkeeper girl, composed with him in "intimate relations."Name the possible victim was not called for a while, until the news has not appeared interview her attorney Robert Abrams, who presented the position of his client.
- Varlamov pushed the girl, she hit the wall. She informed me that the defendant was in a state of intoxication. In the end, the girl was taken to the hospital. After the injuries Ivy was hospitalized. Can you imagine that - a professional athlete weighing 95 kg against petite girl growth of 160 cm and a weight of 45 kg?
Abrams also said that her name is Ivy, but did not mention any name, any kind of activity.
- Evie says that Varlamov is not the first time applied to her physical strength. But this time, her patience snapped. She just told me that we put him in jail.
Ivey, according to ITAR-TASS, was model Eugenia Vavrinyuk that Varlamov with a long-standing relationship. Yesterday at 10:40 Moscow time she had left on the social network the following message:
- If a man raised his hand - he will repeat it. And no amount of persuasion and his oath should not dissuade women in it.Part with these men need not feel sorry for them! Giving men the last chance - it means to sign a verdict on repeat. "
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
One hundred days from now the Sochi Olympic Games begin. Here's a look at 100 storylines, questions and thoughts surrounding the Winter Olympics' marquee event: the men's hockey tournament.
1. What will things look like in Sochi? As in, will there will be roofs overhead and floors underfoot? Lots of work yet to be done on facilities, but most pre-Olympic visitors agree the facilities, especially in the so-called "coastal cluster" where the hockey tournament will be held -- many of which offer a view of the Black Sea -- will be spectacular.
2. The big ice. How many times will we hear NHL players, coaches and GMs speak in ominous tones about "the big ice" in Sochi and how it will impact the game vis-a-vis what fans are used to in North America? We put the over/under at 14,576 and take the over.
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