Tag:Ethan Moreau
Posted on: November 7, 2011 6:35 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2011 7:52 pm
 

Kings' Moreau fined for hit, sounds off on system

By Brian Stubits

Los Angeles Kings forward Ethan Moreau was called for boarding over the weekend when he hit Chris Kunitz of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Unlike a lot of the boarding calls we've seen this season, it didn't result in a suspension for Moreau, but he was still fined. The NHL hit him with a $2,500 penalty, the largest a player can receive under the current CBA.

The hit happened about midway through the first period of the Penguins' 3-2 shootout victory in Los Angeles. Here is the play.

Clearly boarding, but it doesn't seem like a particularly vicious hit. Couple that with the fact that Moreau really doesn't have a history to speak of and you see why there is no suspension forthcoming.

Moreau will take the penalty in stride, but he first wanted to share his feelings on the matter. And share he did. Here is what he told Rich Hammond of LAKingsInsider.com.

"I've noticed a big difference in the last couple years, especially with D-men going back to get pucks," Moreau said Monday. "I think they just show their back to you now, and they're off the hook. It would be better if they just squared up to the hit, took the hit and moved on. I don't think protecting yourself by putting yourself in a vulnerable position is the way to play. I can't imagine. I would never do that, but it seems like it's almost something that's acceptable now.

"There has to be some repercussion, there has to be some penalty, either for embellishing on a questionable hit or not protecting yourself. What happened with me, it looks bad, I admit it. It looks like it is a penalty, but players definitely embellish it."

Moreau didn't call out Kunitz personally, but Moreau clearly didn't think his punishment fit the crime.

"I definitely hit him from behind, but it wasn't excessive," Moreau said. "I was just trying to finish my hit and it happened so fast. He's looking for the puck and I'm just trying to knock him off the puck. He's a strong guy. It didn't seem like he braced (for the hit). He went down pretty easy. He was out for that shift.

"So I understand their philosophy, and what they're trying to crack down on, but it's difficult. It's a really difficult read. My job is to play physical, and if you pass up every questionable position on the ice, you're not going to be very physical."

Moreau certainly is not the first player to share these feelings. He grows an increasingly louder chorus of critics on players intentionally trying to draw these penalties. This will remain an issue as long as the boarding penalties are under such a microscope.

And while Moreau does not call out Kunitz, it sure seems that's where this rant was born, out of the frustration from this particular play. It should be noted that for a very similar play, Kunitz's teammate Kris Letang was actually suspended earlier this season for being the deliverer, not the recipient of such a hit. Letang, however, had a background that wasn't pristine like Moreau's.

I still can't quite comprehend how players can view an extra couple of minutes of power play time in a regular-season game can be worth rising serious injury by putting their self in harm's way. Now the falling down a little easier part that Moreau brings up, that's understandable. We all know that diving, while not as prevalent as it is in soccer, is present in our beloved sport of hockey.

Personally, I'm wondering what happened to just a regular old boarding call? It hardly seems to exist anymore. This one seems rather mundane, certainly no worse than this play from Marco Sturm of the Panthers on Jordan Leopold of the Sabres, a play that resulted in no supplementary discipline from the NHL.

So I pose two questions to you: First, did the punishment fit the crime in this case? Second, does the NHL have a chronic problem here or is this just frustration from the offending players?

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Posted on: August 27, 2011 10:21 am
 

Daily Skate: Modano still undecided

By: Adam Gretz

MODANO STILL ON THE FENCE Mike Modano spent the 2010-11 season playing with his hometown team, the Detroit Red Wings, scoring four goals in 40 games. The 41-year-old forward has yet to make a decision as to whether or not he wants to keep going for another season or call it a career, and he talked about that decision with Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas. Modano also talked about his ideas for a post-hockey career, including possible roles as a TV analyst and his desire to work for the Dallas Stars front office. For his career Modano has scored 561 goals, almost all of them coming with the Dallas Stars/Minnesota North Stars organization.

GONCHAR LOOKS TO REBOUND After signing a large contract on the first day of free agency last summer veteran defenseman Sergei Gonchar had some struggles in his debut season with the Ottawa Senators, recording 27 points (7 goals, 20 assists) in 67 games. He's looking to improve on those numbers this season, and according to Wayne Scanlan, the Senators are going to need him and the other veterans on the team to step up this season.


MOREAU TALKS ABOUT JOINING Kings Veteran forward Ethan Moreau passed a physical this week and officially joined the Los Angeles Kings, and Rich Hammond had an opportunity to sit down and speak with the newest member of the club about his role for the upcoming season. Said Moreau, via Hammond, “I want to come to camp and prove that I’m where I was a few years ago. Throughout my career, I’ve been a top player on the third line. I’ve been an elite penalty-killer. I play defensively, I play physical, I play tough. I just can’t wait to get back, just to show my teammates that I’m not just here for leadership. I’m not just here to be a piece of the roster. I want to re-establish myself and score goals and play tough and do what I’ve always done. I don’t feel like my play has gone down. I’ve just had some unlucky injuries." Check out the rest of the interview over at LA Kings Insider.



ROBIDAS EXCITED ABOUT OFFSEASON MOVES Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas is looking forward to the upcoming season after a busy offseason by the front office that included the addition of seven veteran free agents. The Stars missed the playoffs by just two points last season, and the veteran defenseman wants to get the team back to that level. He recently spoke with Mark Stepneski of ESPNDallas about the new additions and the upcoming season.

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Posted on: August 21, 2011 12:44 pm
Edited on: August 21, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Daily Skate: hockey's most dangerous lead

By: Adam Gretz

HOCKEY'S MOST DANGEROUS LEAD Every time a team has a two-goal lead in a hockey game you will hear an announcer comment that it's the most dangerous lead in hockey, or something along those lines. That, of course, goes against all common sense because a two-goal lead is still better than a one-goal lead, and the folks at Puck Scene looked at every game during the 2010-11 NHL season and put a number on how often certain leads were surrendered. To the surprise of no one, one-goal leads were surrendered far more often (85 percent of the time) than two-goal leads 40 percent of the time) during the 2010-11 season. That does seem like lot of two-goal leads that slipped away, but it's still not as difficult to hold as a one-goal lead.

Kings ADD MOREAU
The Los Angeles Kings added some defensive depth to their forward group on Sunday by signing Ethan Moreau to a one-year deal worth a reported $600,000, assuming he passes a physical. Moreau spent last season playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets and scored one goal in 37 games. His main role is as a defensive forward and penalty killer. He spent most of his career with the Edmonton Oilers.

GAGNER READY TO IMPROVE DEFENSIVE PLAY? Sam Gagner is one of the many talented young forwards in the Edmonton Oilers organization, and while his offensive skills are strong, his defensive game could use some improvement. Dave Staples takes a look at whether or not the young forward is ready to improve that aspect of his game.

YAKUPOV A STAR IN THE MAKING The 2012 NHL Draft is a little less than a year away, but it's never too soon to start talking about the top prospects, and Russian forward Nail Yakupov is already impressiving scouts and making his case to be the top overall pick.

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