Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/06/13 at 12:10 PM ET
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
- One NHL exec on Phoenix Coyotes defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson: "If he played for a Canadian team, he'd have won the Norris already."
- Everyone in Montreal needs to take a deep breath. Does anyone really believe that Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien's lack of public praise for PK Subban will cost him a spot on Canada's Olympic team? If Therrien wakes up tomorrow and says, "You know what, I'm going to call Subban the best defenceman in the NHL," suddenly Team Canada GM Steve Yzerman and head coach Mike Babcock are going to say, "Oh my God, we better put him on the roster!" Somehow, I'm betting Yzerman and Babcock will make that decision independently of Therrien's quotes.
- At a time when goalies like Steve Mason are improving their careers by playing deeper in goal, we're seeing some new arrivals showing success by being aggressive. The first is Detroit's Petr Mrazek, who shut out Edmonton 5-0 last Saturday. Mrazek, the scouting report says, "has to play out of the paint to be effective." It also says he has no panic or anxiety.
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