Mon Nov 15 02:58pm EST
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.
• Your Three Stars in the NHL for the week ending Nov. 14: Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price(notes), Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby(notes) and Washington Capitals left wing Alexander Semin(notes). [NHL]
• Erik Christensen(notes) calls out New York Rangers teammate Sean Avery(notes) on Edmonton TV, saying that it looked like Avery "sucker punched" Ladislav Smid(notes) to spark a brawl on Sunday. "It looked to me like he suckered him; I'm not going to deny it," Christensen then told The NY Post. "I mean, everyone could see.'' [NY Post, more from Blueshirt Banter]
• Bryan Reynolds on the Colin Campbell email controversy: "Anyone ever heard of Gregory Campbell(notes)? No? That's because the only time he is ever mentioned is when his father does something stupid or passes on making a decision regarding whatever team Greg is playing for at the time. Not to pile on the kid, but he is a relative nobody in the grand scheme of things." [Hockey Wilderness]
• Bourne on Campbell: "Shouldn’t a jury of three-or-so people do Campbells job, so it’s not just one man making the tough decisions and giving recommendations?" [Bourne Blog]
• Meanwhile, the NHL All-Star Fan Balloting has started and the fans are playing right into their hands with write-in campaigns. Vote for treasured Philadelphia Flyer and Latvian Wolf Oskars Bartulis(notes)! [Broad Street Hockey]
• Write-in vote for Alex Semin! It is the will of Leonsis! [Ted's Take]
• Interesting story: "A guy named Marcus Vinnerborg will be one of the two refs assigned to the Stars-Ducks game at AAC. Vinnerborg will become the first non-North American official to work an NHL game." Is the NHL broadening horizons or running out of options for qualified officials? [Razor]
• Good stuff from Houses of the Hockey on teams that are "paying for potential" with longterm contracts. [HOTH]
• St. Louis Game Time on the St. Louis Blues' scoring woes: "The Blues have been an average-scoring team over the last few years, but the low scoring this season is an anomaly as it is lower than any of the previous years while the number of shots they have put on net are higher than ever before. Is there a sports psychologist in the house? Or a sniper?" [STL Game Time]
• Hockey Independent on the Gordon firing and GM Garth Snow: "I won't lay the blame of that on Snow entirely - and logic would suggest I am correct. If a player won't sign regardless of the dollar amount, there is little you can do. Players are not ignorant. They know the team's future is unstable." [HI]
• Speaking of Guerin, he'll be on the new NHL Overtime show on VERSUS debuting this evening at 11 p.m. EST. We'll be interested to see how this thing comes off tonight, as someone in the know told us it's been a mad dash to get it on the air. [Puck The Media]
• The German Ice Hockey Cup 2010 third round game between Germany and Switzerland at Olympiahalle. Green netting? Yucky.
• Mike Chen makes the argument that the NHL All-Star Game should have looked to video games, not fantasy sports, for its ASG revamp. [From The Rink]
• Q. and A. with Brian Leetch, including on the Olympics: "My opinion about the Olympics is the same as most of the players': go, go, go." [NYT]
• From the NHLPA: "The National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) in partnership with Allstate Insurance Company of Canada is pleased to announce the Allstate All-Canadians program, one of the most significant player-driven initiatives in hockey history, designed to re-invest in the grassroots of the game. Unveiled today, Allstate All-Canadians is a mentorship program designed to guide the next generation of Canada's hockey youth. The new Allstate All-Canadians program will provide young players, coaches and parents with the opportunity to access exclusive on-ice drills and off-ice development tips directly from NHL players and other hockey industry experts via the program's newly-launched website www.allstate.all-canadians.com. This site will be the number one destination for Canadians looking to access expert information directly from NHL players."
• Finally, here's Billy Jaffe on the Islanders' firing of Gordon: