Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.
• Remembering the Miracle on Ice, which happened 33 years ago. [MPR]
• On Rick DiPietro’s future with the New York Islanders, an unnamed team executive in the NHL tells Pierre LeBrun: “You would think they will buy him out after this season. If they do, they might not use the transition buyout so that his buyout counts against the floor going forward." [ESPN NY]
• Minnesota Wild blogger offers a message to Taylor Hall: “For a guy that his spent a good amount of time on the shelf with injuries yourself, one would think you’d be a little more careful and considerate with your hits. That type of play was inexcusable, plain and simple. Grow up. You are a vital part of the future for your franchise, and a role model to many, many people. Don’t think that, because your team also drafted Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov, you have suddenly become expendable. Don’t think you have to resort to being a thug to keep your place on the team.” [Gone Puck Wild]
• Derek Dorsett on Jordin Tootoo: “You think you’re fighting a 6-5 Ericsson and then Jordin Tootoo comes in and sucker punches you. But that’s just Jordin Tootoo. You expect those kind of things from him.” [Puck-Rakers]
•The ‘Hat on the Edmonton Oilers’ lack of success at even strength. “Curiously, what’s largely set the Oilers back this year is the popgun nature of their offence – and more specifically, the inability to score goals at even strength. The NHL keeps track of this as a ratio of five-on-five goals scored for and against – and Edmonton ranks dead last at 0.52 (calculated by dividing their 29 even-strength goals against into their 15 even-strength goals for). It isn’t even close by the way. The Florida Panthers are 29th at 0.65, followed by the New York Islanders (0.66), the Calgary Flames (0.68), the Washington Capitals (0.74) and the Columbus Blue Jackets (0.74). See a pattern here? Teams that generally can’t score at even strength generally don’t win regularly either.” [Globe & Mail]
• Kyle Quincey is day to day after rolling his ankle on that play. [Freep]
• The Winnipeg Jets have dipped into their system to find a replacement for Zach Redmond. The team announced today they have recalled defenceman Julian Melchiori from the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League. [Free Press]
• Finally, here’s a cool new video from the NHL regarding the evolution of a suspension, that gives some great insight into the process.
- Ice Hockey
- Sports & Recreation
- New York Islanders
- Jordin Tootoo
- Marian Hossa