Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/21/13 at 07:33 AM ET
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
It has been a tough playoff season for some of the NHL’s rich and famous, the players who are supposed to be difference makers at this time of year. For the teams already on the sidelines, Corey Perry of the eliminated Ducks finished 10th on his team in scoring with two assists in seven games, tied with David Steckel and Ben Lovejoy. Alex Ovechkin was ninth on the Caps in scoring, with two assists in seven games. Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise never got it going for Minnesota Wild.
Then there are the ongoing struggles of players such as the Bruins’ Tyler Seguin with just a single assist in nine games. The Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews has three assists in eight games, and trails Shaw and Bryan Bickell on Chicago’s scoring list. The Kings’ top line of Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and Justin Williams has just a single goal in three games vs. San Jose, and it came on a 5-on-3 power play attempt. And most disturbingly, Rick Nash and Brad Richards have been dismal for the New York Rangers, Nash with four points in nine games, Richards limited to a single point thus far.
Makes you wonder what kind of paydays a very average free-agent crop is going to get this summer. Will we finally see the end of those dog-and-pony shows that some agencies like to orchestrate? You gotta hope so.
read on for some Wings, Kings and Patrick Roy talk...
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