October 19, 2010
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.
• Florida Panthers GM and former Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon received his Stanley Cup ring from Chicago team president John McDonough today, which is Tallon's 60th birthday. Tallon plans on FAXing the team a "thank you" note, which it will receive roughly eight months from now. [Sporting News]
• Jordan Staal(notes) practiced with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the first time this season, along with injured teammates Brooks Orpik(notes) and Arron Asham(notes). The team's looked pretty damn good without them, too. [Penguins]
• Atlanta Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec(notes) meets the media, and says: "I don't remember anything after the National Anthem until I woke up in the back of the ambulance. That's a pretty big window," Pavelec said. "I couldn't feel my legs ... but when I got to the hospital I started to feel my legs." [Sports Climax]
• Brilliant stuff from Down Goes Brown: A transcript of every hockey game ever broadcast. [DGB]
• ESPN's NHL Awards for hockey movies. Ned Braden for Lady Byng is marvelous. But Gordon Bombay over Herb Brooks? Travesty, especially the writeup: "This one is a no-brainer -- Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) of 'The Mighty Ducks.' His ability to take a rag tag team and turn them into peewee champions in a matter of one season is truly remarkable." Yeah, not unlike BEATING THE SOVIETS. [ESPN]
• Why Milan Hejduk(notes) may actually be hurting the Colorado Avalanche: "After perusing the individual player stats today, I noticed that Milan Hejduk has a -7 rating after the first six games. That would indicate that he's been on the ice for a disproportionate number of opposing even strength and shorthanded goals. Turns out, he has been. The Duke has been skating slowly in circles on nine such occasions." [MHH]
• BizNasty on the toughest fighters in the NHL today: "Boogaard is obviously No .1: that guy is just scary. Colton Orr(notes) is certainly one. Steve MacIntyre(notes) in Edmonton. Eric Godard(notes). And D.J. King(notes) is a tough guy, too." Paul Bissonette fought exactly none of them last year. [THN]
• Jeff Klein of the New York Times with details on a Mayo Clinic discussion of NHL concussions: "About 44 percent of the players who sustained reported concussions were hit after having just released the puck (defined as having passed it within 0.3 seconds before the hit). Some 31 percent of concussed players did not have the puck at all when they were hit. Just 25 percent of concussed N.H.L.'ers had the puck when they were hit." [NY Times]
• Mike Chen explains why he's decided to drop his long-standing objection to coincidental diving penalties: "The next time you see something like this happen, take a step back and don't think of both penalties as connected. Instead, look at what player A did -- was it hooking/tripping/holding/etc.? If yes, then that's a penalty and the refs got it right. Separate from that, did Player B dress up what happened by flailing all over the ice? If yes, then that's diving." [From The Rink]
• Really, nothing gets the fans out for hockey like the nation's leading Tom Petty cover band, as is apparent by this Quad City Mallards ad.
• Remember former NHL defenseman Ric Jackman? Still living the dream, this time with the Utah Grizzlies. [Grizzlies]
• "Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have placed center Martin Hanzal on the injured reserve list. Hanzal suffered an a lower body injury in last night's game versus the Anaheim Ducks and will be out of the lineup 1-2 weeks. The Coyotes have recalled center Andrew Ebbett(notes) from the San Antonio Rampage (AHL). In 5 games with the Rampage this season, Ebbett has recorded 4 assists, ranking him tied for second on the team in scoring." [Coyotes]
• Finally, behind the scenes of a very funny Detroit Red Wings commercial, featuring some of the best acting of Mike Babcock's career: