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from Michale Russo of the StarTribune,
Just mention Zenon Konopka's name to Stephane Veilleux, and the red-headed Wild forward chuckles and rolls his eyes.
"He's a very, very funny, very different character," said Veilleux, Konopka's roommate three seasons ago in Tampa Bay.
Konopka is the Wild's fascinating new enforcer and fourth-line center. He is on his 14th team in 11 years as a pro, and there's a reason he instantly becomes popular with teammates and fans at every stop.
He has a pet rabbit named Hoppy. He's an entrepreneur who owns a piece of seven businesses, including his own wine label, ZK28. He's the ringleader for most team activities. He is not only one of the NHL's toughest fighters, but he is a dynamite penalty killer and a faceoff specialist.
And he admittedly loves to push the line as far as he can take it, whether it's a faceoff strategy that actually resulted in a rule change across the NHL this season, or a pregame antic during warmups.
via Darren Dreger tweet,
Konopka agrees to 2 year contract with Minnesota Wild.
NEW YORK (April 16, 2012)—Ottawa Senators forward Zenon Konopka has been fined $2,500, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and his club fined $10,000 for Konopka’s conduct prior to Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Final at New York on Saturday. April 14, the National Hockey League announced today.
Konopka was fined for his verbal abuse directed at a New York Rangers player conducting a live television interview nearby during pre-game warm-ups.
I haven’t heard any update on his condition.
Konopka received five for boarding, a ten and game misconduct for this hit on Artem Anisimov.
NHL.com’s 30 in 30 takes a look at the New York Islanders today. The introduction to Brian Compton’s piece:
“The time is now for the New York Islanders. For a franchise that still doesn’t have a deal in place for a new building, it is imperative that the Islanders accelerate what has been a slow and steady rebuilding process and qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2007. GM Garth Snow believed he had assembled a playoff team last summer, then watched his top defenseman Mark Streit and power forward Kyle Okposo suffer serious shoulder injuries before the puck even dropped on the 2010-11 season.”
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from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
The Ottawa Senators have just become a tougher team.
Former 67’s captain Zenon Konopka has agreed to a one-year, one-way contract that will pay him $700,000, the Sun has learned.
Konopka has led the NHL in penalty minutes - and been one of its most frequent fighters - in each of the last two seasons. He joins a Senators team that now has plenty of muscle, with Chris Neil, Matt Carkner and Zack Smith also able to rough things up.
from Christopher Botta of Fanhouse,
Ask most NHL players where they get their character and work ethic, and you’ll hear warm and appreciative stories about moms and dads who drove them to hockey practices at five o’clock in the morning. Ask Zenon Konopka, the gritty and pugnacious fourth-line center of the New York Islanders, and he’s got some story to tell about Zenon Konopka Sr.
“I play hockey and I scrap, and I guess people say I’m tough,” said Konopka, who led the NHL last season with 33 fighting majors while a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning. “But my dad ... now, he was tough. There isn’t any comparison between what I do as a hockey player and what his life was all about.”
Konopka’s Polish-born father was three years old when Germany and later Russia invaded Poland at the start of World War II. Russian soldiers came to his family’s home and said they would be placed in a concentration camp in Siberia.
In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, JJ and co-host Mike Corcoran cover the Lightning’s recent preseason road trip, roster moves made thereafter, NHL discipline issues (including the recent Nick Boynton/Blair Jones incident), predictions for how Tampa Bay’s final roster may end up, fantasy hockey strategy and Jon (of course) continues his New York Jets elation, much to the dismay of Mike and fellow contributor, Tampa Bay Lightning.com’s Mark Pukalo.
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Before a single tweak to the roster, the Tampa Bay Lightning were already poised for improvement in 2010-11. With the tumultuous era of previous ownership already behind them when the sale of the team to Jeff Vinik was completed late last season, gone in an instant were any and all off-ice concerns and the circus went back to being an annual visitor to the St. Pete Times Forum rather than a permanent resident. With the appointment of Steve Yzerman as general manager, credibility returned to the franchise and new head coach Guy Boucher was widely regarded as the hottest commodity on the off-season coaching market.
Without a solitary player move, hockey life in Tampa was good again.
But far be it from Yzerman to rest on the comfort that fans surely feel by him simply not being one of those other guys. The addition of former Flyers forward Simon Gagne headlines a list of shrewd off-season maneuvers for the rookie GM and the revamped roster could very well translate to the sort of on-ice success that will make Lightning followers quickly forgot about three non-playoff seasons gone by.
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In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat (and the show’s debut here at Kukla’s Korner), JJ and co-host Mike Corcoran visit with Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steve Downie to discuss last season’s individual success, off-season training with Gary Roberts, rivalries and much more. Puck Daddy editor Greg Wyshynski drops in as well and touches on Ilya Kovalchuk, the recent Mt. Blogmore series, the newly rekindled bloggers/main stream media access debate and gives his opinion on how the Lightning might fare in 2010-11. Finally, Tampabaylightning.com contributor Mark Pukalo steps into the studio to add his two cents while helping to answer questions from The Bolts Beat mailbag.
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from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune,
The day I sat with him, Konopka had two black eyes, one from a stick and one from a fist. His nose has flattened out, having been broken 14 times - sticks, glass, pucks, punches.
“My face leads me wherever I go,” Konopka said. His lovable mug has had 400 stitches. Who needs to go over the Falls?
Somehow this fourth-line center who has just two goals and two assists, who’s lucky if he gets nine minutes of ice time a night, who until this season had played just 39 NHL games, has, yes, somehow become an important part of this team, and it’s more than fighting, having everyone’s back. Konopka is good at face-offs, he’s smart, funny, keeps everybody loose, card games, pranks, jokes, never any let up, not Zenon.
“I don’t want to call him a loose cannon, but he just does things, on the ice, obviously, but off the ice, too,” Lightning coach Rick Tocchet said. “Team building stuff. He’s always got something going on to create an atmosphere in the room that bonds people together.”
from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,
There are days, Zenon Konopka admitted — like the one in Detroit when his neck and wrist were packed in ice and he could not speak clearly because of the stitches in his mouth — that he wonders what his body will feel like at age 50.
It is bad enough, he said, at 28.
“It’s a concern,” Konopka said. “But life’s too short. Everything in your life is in the now.”
And for now, his body is his most reliable tool and one of the Lightning’s most important weapons.
Tampa Bay does not have a heavyweight enforcer. Instead, it relies on Konopka, a middleweight, really, but who is willing to take on anyone.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled center Zenon Konopka from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League on emergency basis, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced.
Konopka, 6-foot-1, 213-pounds, has played in 27 games with Norfolk this season, recording seven goals and 21 points. He is tied for third on the team in points and is fifth in goals. His three game-winning goals lead the team.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
In the last 20 years, there have been few, if any, athletes to pass through Ottawa possessing more character, grit and toughness than Zenon Konopka.
And yet this week he was able to repeatedly drive along the 417, right by the Senators’ front door—an unrestricted free agent who would have jumped at an invite inside—before finally leaving town as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
What an absolute shame.