October 28, 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.
• Chicago Blackhawks star Marian Hossa(notes) is "likely out up to a couple of weeks" with an upper body injury sustained in the team's win over the Los Angeles Kings. It's not serious, and it's not expected to keep him from working out during the absence. [Chicago Breaking Sports]
• The NHL begins a video series explaining why each team has a chance to win the Stanley Cup this season, beginning with the Toronto Maple Leafs. [NHL]
• Pass It To Bulis has a follow-up to their Atlanta Thrashers and black players report that helped push the NY Times to investigate the trend: "The Thrashers would be finished if somebody inside their camp were to admit that, as seems apparent to me, this plan was hatched shortly after they realized they were going to draft Evander Kane(notes)." [PITB]
• Is Patrick Kane(notes) in Joel Quenneville's dog house? "My view is Kane needs to play differently soon, or he will not play as much. Quenneville nudged Kane by placing him on the checking line...Now Q. will push harder. Plus/minus can be a somewhat misleading stat, but there are reasons why Kane is a -6 on the season." [HI]
• Hilarious and informative: What the Old Farmer's Almanac Says About The Upcoming Backyard Rink Season. [Backyard Hockey]
• Good take from the 'Hat on Craig Anderson's(notes) injury with the Colorado Avalanche: "With him out of action here, the Avs will get a clearer understanding of just how they've come defensively - and how much Anderson's goaltending may have masked any deficiencies in that department." [Globe & Mail]
• Graeme Nichols on retooling the Ottawa Senators in the Bryan Murray era: "If Brett Favre can admit to leaving some voice messages on Jenn Sterger's answering machine, maybe it's about time that we, as fans, faced the ugly truth in regards to the Ottawa Senators: the direction of this team needs to be addressed and revisited." [Senators Extra]
• Please welcome to the blogosphere "The Cory Clouston Fashion Review," a Senators blog with a great Serge Gonchar-as-Vigor Photoshop. [Theccfr]
• Alex Auld(notes) will play Friday night for the Montreal Canadiens while Andrei Markov(notes) will begin working towards his next long-term injury by returning to the lineup on Saturday. [CBC Sports]
• Brian Bradley said Marty St. Louis' performance against the Pittsburgh Penguins was his "best game in a Lightning uniform so far." [Joe Bolts Fan]
• What's funnier: The fact that this Winter Classic jersey knock-off might look better than the real thing, or the fact that at least three people have been on this forgery? [eBay, via Puck Buddy Bryan B.]
• From the NHLPA: "With the 2010-11 hockey season under way, the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) is pleased to announce that the players' own NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund has launched its season of giving by donating more than 800 complete sets of brand new hockey equipment, valued at more than $350,000, to grassroots hockey programs worldwide."
• Yes, it's October. But it's never too early to talk playoffs. [Pens Universe]
• The New Jersey Devils recalled defenseman Tyler Eckford(notes) from the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Albany under emergency conditions Thursday after learning Matthew Corrente(notes) had suffered a broken left hand during Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks. No word if Eckford will continue Corrente's season-long tradition of being absolutely terrible. [Devils]
• Chris Botta on the demotion of Nino Niederreiter(notes) to the WHL Portland Winterhawks by the New York Islanders: "For all his admirable size, strength, skating ability and maturity, Niederreiter often looked - understandably - like a player who had just turned 18 years old." [NYI Point Blank]
• BD Gallof on El Nino: "If the Isles [did] keep him on LI, when players now crowd the top 6, injuries or not, it would be a foolish move. There is simply nothing to gain except for people to have unreasonable expectations for a kid who is barely 18 and usually getting under 13 minutes per game on LI." [HI]
• Finally, it's "A History of Hockey Since 1967 PART 1," featuring more U2 than, you know, hockey.