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by George Malik on 05/24/14 at 02:08 PM ET
Once the Finnish National Team gets a lead, they turn hockey into a New Jersey Devils-cira-the-late-90's trap-fest, and they took a 2-0 lead on Jakub Kindl's Czechs 8:57 into the 1st, a 2-0 lead at the game's halfway point, and from there on in, the Finns all but cruised to a 3-0 victory and a berth in tomrorow's Gold Medal game against Russia (2 PM EDT on TSN and probably later on NBCSN as they're tape-delaying everything).
Kindl's Czechs will play Gustav Nyquist's Swedes for Bronze tomorrow (9:30 AM EDT on NBC Live Extra and TSN2), and in a game which so frustrated Jaromir Jagr that he had a temper tantrum and/or throwing-stuff-fest in the penalty box, none of the Czechs were particularly good..
ANd it's particularly disappointing to report that Kindl's decline continues, and continues in a big way. He backed into goaltender Alexander Salak so forcefully on the 2-0 goal that Salak wasn't able to close his five hole--sans anyone pushing Kindl in any way, shape or form.
Kindl's general disposition on the ice involved watching players skate past him as he held his stick in both hands, stick blade behind his body instead of out in front to poke-check passes or shots, blade off the ice. He looks passive and somewhat disinterested playing along Michal Jordan, and he's just...He's going through the motions during a tournament which could at least earn him a spot on another NHL team, never mind save his spot on the Red Wings' roster.
He finished even with 1 shot in 18:45 of ice time, but he wasn't visible in many positive ways save the solid shot he took on Pekka Rinne.
At present, and despite his postive demeanor in the Red Wings' locker room, Kindl looks like someone who's checked out, and as he possesses 3 more years on a contract with a cap hit of $2.4 million (per Capgeek), Kindl looks like a bunch of dead weight on the Wings' payroll, too.
He hasn't played well, he hasn't displayed any sort of grit, jam, desire, heart or work ethic, and he's performed just as he did on the Wings' blueline during the stretch run and playoffs--as a liability.
I try to root for every Red Wing, and Kindl possesses both good potential at 27 and is a very solid citizen, but...He's lost his job and then some, and the Worlds have been nothing but an exclamation point upon the, "Kindl's awful, he's lost his job and he doesn't deserve to be a Wing!" sentence. It's incredibly disappointing to watch him struggle, but struggle he does, and he's losing grip on his roster spot with the Wings and his NHL career along the way.
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