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from Tal Pinchevsky at the New York Times,
Through their lengthy and winding N.H.L. careers, the lifelong friends Michal Handzus and Richard Zednik never lost track of their ultimate plan. After combining to play in 1,754 games for 10 N.H.L. teams, they kept their promise to each other and returned to their Slovakian hometown, Banska Bystrica, to begin the next chapter in their hockey lives.
“Always, I knew when I’m done with hockey I’m going to go back,” said Zednik, 41, who during his playing career spent every summer training with Handzus in Banska Bystrica. “I left home when I was 18. I retired when I was 35. I enjoy it.”
A central Slovakian city of almost 80,000 people, surrounded mostly by mountains and forests, Banska Bystrica is one of Eastern Europe’s unsung hockey cradles. Locals first began playing what they called “Canadian hockey” in 1922, and the city’s hockey club began operations in 1961. Its arena, which opened as an indoor facility in 1966, is believed to be one of the oldest in Europe.
The team bounced between the country’s first and second divisions, eventually establishing a youth program that groomed Zednik and Handzus. Together, the two helped create a golden age of hockey in the city, culminating in a competitive 1994-95 season in the Extraliga, Slovakia’s highest division.
The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons offers a little less time to hockey notes in the middle of the summer, and aside from his weekly anti-Corsi rant, here's the gist of his hockey commentary from his Sunday notebook:
What happens if David Clarkson is as inept in Year 2 with the Leafs as he was in Year 1? Do they want a $5-million player on their fourth line (who isn’t Mike Richards)? Or will Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment swallow hard and send him to the minors, even if there is very little salary-cap help for doing so. In the end, performance will be up to Clarkson. One NHL scout makes a Michal Handzus comparison to Clarkson: “Los Angeles signed him to a large free-agent contract in ’07. And he sucked the first year. They were kind of frantic about that. But after that, he played OK for them. He really did."
Still available in free agency: Martin Brodeur, Tim Thomas and Ilya Bryzgalov ... Went over the list of 234 unsigned free agents: The only one I had semi-interest in was Daniel Winnik, banging winger, formerly of the Anaheim Ducks
Simmons continues and discusses his usual myriad of topics...
The Los Angeles Kings rallied from a 3-1 first-period deficit to tie Chicago 4-4, and the teams played a fast, frenetic first overtime--including eight minutes sans a whistle--but "chasing hockey is losing hockey," especially over the course of a marathon game, and in the end, Chicago forced Game 6 via the glacial Michal Handzus scoring the 5-4 goal 2:06 into double OT.
Here's Bob Cole with the call:
Bob Cole will hang up the headphones when this series is over, and while this Red Wings fan isn't thrilled to see the defending champs live to die another day, I sure hope that the CBC pays proper tribute to Cole on Friday. They've got the time and the 9 PM start to get gushy about the 80-year-old legend.
I keep wanting to say something about Martin Havlat. I’m a Czechophile and all, but every time I try to figure out what I expect from him I find my thoughts drifting to Michal Handzus. Not the same thing at all, I know. Maybe I feel guilty about never visiting Slovakia or knowing whether Czech and Slovak are really different languages or more like dialects of the same. Or maybe it’s because Handzus has a reputation devoid of the uncertainty I find in opinions about Havlat.
The weather forecast last night went something like this: “No change in sight, lows in the 50s tonight, clear tomorrow with a high of 78.” That’s kind of how I feel about the Sharks roster right now: no worries. I’m a fairly easy sell, but I think in this case I’m not being unreasonable. For what it’s worth, Brodie Brazil is running a poll on FaceBook to see what FB fans think. So far, team “improved” is winning.
In a Twitter discussion yesterday that I can’t believe I horned in on, a certain magazine writer insisted that last season’s Sharks were better than the current roster, that if they had just kept the same group, they would have done better this year. He didn’t specifically say we need Wallin and Huskins back, just said last season the team was better.
Was it an elbow, shoulder to the head?
No penalty on the play.