October 28, 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 parrot playing air hockey. Bet he chirps well. Haven't seen a little pecker-head play that well since _____. (In the comments, please.)
• Interesting revelation out of Boston concerning Tyler Seguin(notes): "Seguin has a congenital hip condition that makes him more susceptible to a hip injury, according to league and team sources. The condition could lead to an injury that requires surgery and potentially shortens his career, the sources said, but is not a concern for the short term, nor is it affecting him presently." [ESPN Boston]
• Evgeni Nabokov's(notes) highly anticipated showdown with the San Jose Sharks appears off, as the New York Islanders goalie suffered a "lower body injury" during their shootout loss to the Penguins. [Sharks Talk]
• More line scrambling from the New York Rangers: Brad Richards(notes) slides down between Ryan Callahan(notes) and Brandon Dubinsky(notes). Which isn't a bad idea, considering that those two need a kick in the ass. [Blueshirt Banter]
• Good stuff from Dater on team chemistry and Stanley Cup champions: "It's true: no team is going to win the Stanley Cup with just a room full of cheerleaders and comedians. You've got to be good on the ice, too. But woe to the coach and GM who don't properly take into account the importance of the many other hours that a team is together -- in the locker room, on buses and airplanes and in the coffee shops." [SI]
• The zero hockey package from DirecTV: a spoof that's as funny as it is possible in parts of the U.S. [Onion Sports Network]
• Bourne on why Ryan Nugent-Hopkins(notes) has been able to excel with the Edmonton Oilers: "My understanding is that RNH is still effective at the weight of large dog because he thinks his way around the rink, instead of doing it as guys like Taylor Hall(notes) or Alex Ovechkin(notes) try to, by being bigger, faster, more powerful and so on. Both ways are effective, but for Nugent-Hopkins, those things are less relevant to his being an offensive presence." [Backhand Shelf]
• Via reader Jerry, the Hulk Hogan "Malkamania runs wild on you, brotha!" scoreboard message the Pittsburgh Penguins played after last night's shootout win (and, we imagine, frequently on other occasions).
• Down Goes Brown hilarity: The NHL's fan application for disgruntled NBA fans. [DGB]
• Manny Legace(notes), in the Columbus Blue Jackets' system, on his lot in life: "I understand where I am in my career. I'm more of a security blanket now. I'll do whatever they want. You start thinking, what are they thinking? Then you think you have it figured out, that doesn't happen." [NHL]
• Ken Campbell on attendance: "The Phoenix Coyotes had an "announced" (a.k.a. bogusly inflated) crowd of 7,434 for a 5-3 win over the New Jersey Devils and, competing with the Texas Rangers in Game 6 of the World Series, the Dallas Stars had just 8,443 on hand for a 5-3 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. That marked the 10th time already this season the league had a crowd of fewer than 10,000. The Stars have done it four times and the Coyotes and Columbus Blue Jackets three times each." [THN]
• Tim Hortons has been named title sponsor of the National Hockey League's 2012 All-Star game in Ottawa, a partnership that builds on the coffee chain's similar role for last winter's outdoor Heritage Classic game. [Marketing Mag]
• Someone has gotten out of the Wayne Gretzky wine business. [Niagara]
• Finally, someone in a chicken suit shoots pucks at a goalie in a sumo suit, hitting him in the belly at least once. You may call this complete nonsense, but we'd like to see how this thing plays out at next year's Research and Development Camp …