February 04, 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.
• Yes, we're only a few weeks away from Olympic Free Candy. Please check out our interview with Ryan Malone(notes) of the Tampa Bay Lightning today, who discusses his Olympic reunion with Pittsburgh Penguins teammate Brooks Orpik(notes) of the disturbing glare.
• Joining Orpik on the U.S. blueline: Tim Gleason(notes) of the Carolina Hurricanes and Ryan Whitney(notes) of the Anaheim Ducks, both of whom will be announced later as injury replacements for Mike Komisarek(notes) and Paul Martin(notes) respectively. Our coverage of that from last night is here. [Empty Netters]
• It would appear the sale of the Tampa Bay Lightning is down to its final stages, with Ken Campbell of The Hockey News writing that potential new owner Jeff Vinik has received a discounted price because the team can't move Vincent Lecavalier(notes). That sound you just heard was Jim Balsillie's head exploding, "Scanners"-style. [THN]
• Thanks to Puck Buddy Julia H., who informs us that our spat with Mrs. Olli Jokinen(notes) actually made the papers in Finland. Some insight: "She reads every story written about her husband, knows everybody's salary and acts like a hockey and hockey business expert. Before the trade she had already told to everyone in Calgary that her husband is going to play in Eastern Conference next season. So you got one Finnish lady as your new enemy, but several Finnish journalists as your new buddy." And that's a win!
• Interesting bit of controversy from last night's Buffalo Sabres/Ottawa Senators game, as there was no HD-quality replay of a shot that trickled down goalie's Brian Elliott's(notes) back into the net. Why? The camera's been broken for several months. There was an analog feed reviewed by the War Room instead. It's 2010; why not just use cave paintings? [Buffalo News, thanks to Matt D. for the tip]
• Thanks to the glorious Life In Hockeywood podcast for having us on this week, including the hypotheticals to end all hypotheticals: Would a straight up trade of Jarome Iginla(notes) for Ilya Kovalchuk have worked? [LiH]
• Good piece from Ryan Dixon on the future of Ken Hitchcock as an NHL coach, after his firing by the Columbus Blue Jackets yesterday: "Tempting as it might be to suggest Hitch is headed to the tar pits with other coaching relics, the difference between Hitchcock and guys like Mike Keenan and Pat Quinn is he can still thrive in the system-heavy, post-lockout world. He may have some old-school techniques when it comes to communication, but the man knows how to arrange X's and O's." [THN]
• Also recommended: Mike Chen's piece on Hitchcock's firing, and whether it was his system that failed. [From The Rink]
• Steve Rosenbloom on the Chicago Blackhawks' goaltending: "I realize that the Blues beat the Hawks on deflected shots, so I'm not hanging that specific loss on Cristobal Huet(notes). But that position remains the biggest question because Huet has never won a playoff series and Niemi has never played so much as a postseason minute in the NHL." [Chicago Tribune]
• GameCenter Live on NHL.com with a Calgary Flames blooper that might be excusable had this not been the second straight game in which it occurred. [Thanks to the several of you who sent this in, and Marc for the grab.]
• Tyler Dellow and Jonathan Willis do a double-team effort on former NHL GM Mike Smith's(notes) faulty memories regarding a Patrick Roy trade. Seriously, this is vintage Hart Foundation excellence of execution. [Dellow and Hockey or Die]
• "In a bizarre twist of reality the Toronto Maple Leafs have become the Boston Celtics in both mind and spirit. Given the C's recent success, the consequences for hockey fans that loathe the Blue and White are grave." [The Good Point]
• That awful TJ Simers piece from yesterday gets its comeuppance. [Sports Talk Buzz]