December 21, 2009
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.
• For the readers who complain that our female-eye-candy-to-male-beefcake ratio is unbalanced, we give you Alex Ovechkin(notes) from the Russian publication "Tatler." The back tattoos ... sheesh. More modeling on the AO blog. [Alex Ovetjkin via JP]
• In case you were wondering: Normal week through Christmas Eve here at Puck Daddy, including Three Stars every night and our All-Decade packages on Tuesday and Thursday. There may be some sort of chat on Wednesday, but not our usual rumors one because of the roster freezes. Winter Classic float gallery on Tuesday; Christmas features our annual Puck Daddy tradition.
• Why the New York Rangers are a one-man team named "Marian Gaborik." Good stuff here, as Jeff Klein breaks down the percentage of team goals scored by an individual player. The Sidney Crosby(notes) numbers are eye-opening, both for his output and for the Pittsburgh Penguins' scoring depth. [Slap Shot]
• Now that a coach has been sacrificed and the Philadelphia Flyers are still playing awful hockey, GM Paul Holmgren's lack of aggressive roster moves is criticized by one Philly columnist: "This team needs a shakeup. The players are waiting for it. With that vote of confidence, the Flyers had as much jump on Saturday - against a team with an almost identical record in the Rangers - as a car battery left in the snow." [Philly.com]
• The Florida Panthers remember what Mike Richards(notes) did to David Booth(notes) earlier this season. They're in Philly tonight; Steve MacIntyre(notes) and Mike Duco(notes) are in the lineup. Old. Time. Hockey. [NBC Sports]
• The NHL continues its cutting edge upgrades of NHL.com with NHL VideoCenter, the League's new streaming video player. Among the features: "Three new channels of content NHL Shootout Channel featuring all NHL game shootouts in their entirety; NHL Press Room featuring live coverage of press conferences and other breaking news; and NHL Library, which gives fans a selection of classic and archived videos." Wait, a channel dedicated to shootout highlights? We thought that was ESPN ...[NHL]
• Lambert covered the Matt Stajan(notes) "headshot" thing in What We Learned this morning, but the Toronto Maple Leafs forward had more to say about it after practice: "I think it should be the ref's discretion whether it is intent for the head. I think that one could be argued both ways. Yes, he hit my head, but I am not going to sit here and say that was his intent. ... But I know he was trying to hit me hard. I am kind of in the middle. You see hits like that all the time. At the end of the day I turned into him with my head down." [National Post and Globe & Mail]
• Your Three Stars for the last week (ending Dec. 20) in the NHL: Goaltender Cristobal Huet(notes) of the Chicago Blackhawks, goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury(notes) of the Pittsburgh Penguins and right wing Patric Hornqvist(notes) of the Nashville Predators. [NHL]
• Joerg Koch of AFP snaps this image: "Hundreds of people play ice hockey, ice skate or just walk on the frozen Nymphenburg canal in front of the Nymphenberg castle in the southern German city of Munich on December 20, 2009." Killer.
• The Falconer offers the latest in the Ilya Kovalchuk(notes) contract talks with the Atlanta Thrashers and discussed his value to the franchise. Is it down to Atlanta or the KHL? No entirely convinced of that. [Bird Watchers Anonymous]
• Great stuff from B.D. Gallof on the rumor that Charles Wang wants to sell the New York Islanders, in which he argues why the Isles won't move and takes local media to task for eating up bad information. [Hockey Independent]
• Yeah, so the Barrie Colts are pretty sick: "The Colts, who haven't lost in two months, are four games removed from matching a Canadian Hockey League record of 25 straight wins previously set by the Kitchener Rangers in 1983-84 and the Quebec league's 1973-74 Sorel Eperviers, a now-defunct franchise." [Slam! Sports]
• Finally, this team-up between Bloge Salming and Down Goes Brown is pretty much the greatest mega-powers moment since Hogan and Macho Man or, for argument's sake, Godzilla and Jet Jaguar. Here's the Toronto Maple Leafs' Christmas party at Chuck-E-Cheese, filled with gun violence and hockey insight and a killer Phil Kessel(notes) joke.