November 14, 2011
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.
• A new edition of Hockey Hugs goes tomorrow. In the midst of my research, I found this Getty Images photo of two KHL players doing what I can only assume is some sort of Russian chicken dance. Or an Arrested Development tribute. Coo-coo-ca-cha!
• Sidney Crosby(notes) is still not ready to return, and has been ruled out for the Penguins' Tuesday night game versus the Colorado Avalanche. At this point, I suspect that even Jesus can't believe how often this return is incorrectly predicted. [The Globe & Mail]
• After a two-week protest, the return of Pundays. [The Royal Half]
• The sad story of Edmonton's Kyle Fundytus, the Grade 11 student who passed away after being struck in the neck with a puck during a minor-league game. [Edmonton Journal]
• Bourne, on when a tough guy comes in pretty handy: "There's only one alternative I've seen: the 'never let 'em see you sweat' option employed by the Detroit Red Wings for the past five years or so. If you don't have the talent to employ that tactic and win, then we're right back where we started: you actually do need a tough guy." [Backhand Shelf]
• From Elliotte Friedman's always excellent 30 Thoughts: "Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff's response to Gaustad's 'embarrassed' comment? 'He was on the ice.'" Yes. Yes he was. [CBC]
• Trapping will be discussed at next week's meetings. "Sources say the Flyers don't have any specific recommendations for the matter." I'm shocked. [CSN Philly]
• Three reasons Aaron Rome(notes), the Vancouver Canucks' newfound offensive dynamo, is going to continue scoring. And no, one of them is not "because it's a contract year". It probably should be, though. [PITB]
• Nightmare on Helm Street thinks Jimmy Howard(notes), who was just named the NHL's second star of the week, is an elite netminder. Take it with a grain of salt, though -- When it comes to elite netminding, Detroit fans aren't the best judges. [Nightmare on Helm Street]
• Finally, this fight of the year candidate from down in the AHL, as Steve MacIntyre(notes) lands about a bajillion punches to Eric Neilsen's head. But it's the commentator who lands the decisive blow here: "[Neilsen's] nose looks like a stick of butter in July." [The Wilkes Blog]