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from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
The stoic man behind the Team USA bench -- dark-framed glasses, arms folded across his chest, tight expression -- used to run naked around NHL dressing rooms banging on a Gatorade tub with a hockey stick to get his teammates pumped for the game.
He has co-authored four books, more than some hockey coaches have read.
He buried the Red Wings in the 2009 Stanley Cup finals months after landing his first -- and five years later -- only NHL head coaching job.
Eleven years earlier, he had buried a daughter he would never know.
These seemingly disparate threads weave into a rich tapestry of a man who deked coming out of college -- he interviewed with top-six accounting firms out of college and ended up a bottom-six forward -- and went top shelf in life. Dan Bylsma is not a Renaissance Man.
If Alex Ovechkin had as much star support as Sidney Crosby the Big 8 would leave The Kid in the dust.
-Stan Fischler of the Fischler Report where you can read more short topics...
via the Pittsburgh Penguins,
Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will miss at least six weeks after having a stroke last week, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manger Ray Shero.
The condition is treatable with blood thinners and at this point is not believed to be career threatening.
Further testing also revealed that Letang, 26, has had a very small hole in the wall of his heart since birth. This small defect in the wall is present in all individuals before birth but seals shut in most people. It is possible that the hole in the heart led to the stroke.
“Kris had one brief episode of dizziness and nausea last week,” Shero said. “We held him out of the Los Angeles game Thursday night, and when he continued to feel ill, tests conducted in Phoenix on Saturday gave us the first indication of his condition. Further testing then was conducted when he returned to Pittsburgh, and he continued to undergo a battery of tests here this week.”
from Craig Custance of ESPN,
For as much as we like to analyze the Penguins, breaking down their need for another forward or two (or perhaps an entirely new third line), the ideal role for Kris Letang and whether or not GM Ray Shero should bring in goalie insurance, let's take a moment to realize something crazy.
The Pens now have 17-point lead on the next-best Metropolitan division team (New York). That's 17 points. In steamrolling the Sabres on Wednesday night, Pittsburgh sent the reminder that you can have flaws, but when you have two of the best players in the world in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin healthy and playing well, those flaws can be minimized during the regular season.
Nobody is throwing a parade for a win over the Sabres in February, but the Penguins consistency in stockpiling points and doing it in a convincing fashion --plus-49 goal differential -- is impressive.
more topics including Burnside on Olympic hockey, LeBrun on Chicago's PK and Strang on the Ducks....
from Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
He's a great kid. Occasionally a great defenseman, too.
And that's precisely why it's time to trade him.
Or at least think a whole heck of a lot about it.
To repeat, this isn't negative. It's not about Letang's maddening tendencies, his misfires or giveaways. It's certainly not about any one game — and Letang was quite good, for the record, in the 5-1 flogging of the Canadiens, including a sweet assist on a Sidney Crosby goal — nor is it about his injury-plagued season, nor even his star-crossed career.
Rather, it's quite the opposite. It's that Letang remains so valuable that he can get you a mint. And if that mint happens to involve pieces that work better with the Penguins' broader puzzle, all the more reason a trade merits robust consideration.
The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-1 last night and as sometimes happens, things can get a little heated as the game draws to an end....
14:50 Montreal Rene Bourque: 2 minutes, interference
14:50 Montreal Brandon Prust: 2 minutes, roughing
14:50 Montreal Brandon Prust: 10 minutes, misconduct
14:50 Montreal Peter Budaj: 2 minutes, goalie leave crease
14:50 Pittsburgh Brooks Orpik: 2 minutes, roughing
14:50 Pittsburgh Brooks Orpik: 10 minutes, misconduct
14:50 Pittsburgh Brooks Orpik: 10 minutes, game misconduct
14:50 Pittsburgh Marc-Andre Fleury: 2 minutes, goalie leave crease
Really very little happened but if you want to see goalies almost fighting, watch below...
from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
I talked to Matt Cooke today about Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and GM Bryan Murray meeting at league headquarters yesterday to reportedly present its forensics findings from an investigation into Melnyk’s contention that Cooke intentionally sliced defenseman Erik Karlsson’s Achilles’ tendon with his skate Feb. 13, 2013.
Here is Bruce Garrioch's story from the Ottawa Sun today.
A league source told me that whatever discussion the Sens’ brass had with the league, it won’t affect Cooke retroactively nor the Wild. Cooke played for Pittsburgh at the time of the incident.
Cooke told me of the alleged forensics presentation: “I think it’s really strange. It’s almost a full year ago that it happened. I’ve said this from the beginning and I still say it. It was a complete accident. It’s happened two or three times since with other guys (Toronto’s Dave Bolland severed a tendon from Vancouver’s Zack Kassian in November and a week after the Cooke-Karlsson incident, Winnipeg’s Zach Redmond had an artery in his thigh cut by teammate, former Wild Antti Miettinen, late in a practice at Carolina).”
from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
The Penguins looked very much like a team playing just its second game in nine days against one of the worst hockey clubs in the NHL on a nondescript Monday night in January in the middle of a long season in which they are running away with the league's Metropolitan Division.
That's a long way of saying the Penguins were disinterested and stunk in a 5-1 loss to the Florida Panthers at Consol Energy Center.
All teams -- even the better teams -- have a few really rotten nights in an 82-game schedule.
I know it happens.
There is no reason to panic.
But who saw this coming?
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