Posted on: October 7, 2011 11:03 pm
Edited on: October 8, 2011 12:23 am
By: Adam Gretz
Pavel Datsyuk is capable of scoring some of the most beautiful goals in the NHL. For all of the talent he has offensively, and as entertaining as he is to watch with the puck, he's almost as exciting to watch when he's playing defense.
Especially when he sneaks up behind some unsuspecting defenseman and robs him blind, kind of like he how he did to Senators rookie Jared Cowen during the second period of the Red Wings' 5-3 win on Friday night.
There isn't a better player in the NHL when it comes to making that strip (and Datsyuk is a regular at it), and that is definitely a welcome to the NHL moment for the 20-year-old Cowen, playing in just his second NHL game.
Datsyuk has won three of the past four Selke Trophies as the NHL's best defensive forward and finished in the top-two in takeaways in four of the past five years, and you just saw why right there.
That's also a big goal for Jiri Hudler, a regular on Datsyuk's line throughout the night, to start the season coming off what was a disappointing return to the Red Wings last season after spending a year in the KHL.
Posted on: September 15, 2011 10:53 am
Edited on: September 15, 2011 10:54 am
MAKEOVER CONCERNS: Not everybody is digging what the Sharks have done this offseason in making over the roster in an attempt to finally get over the hump. David Pollack at the San Jose Mercury News says it raises questions ... how often does an elite team undergo such change? That's just one.
ENFORCING CHANGE: In the ongoing discussion on fighting, Kukla's Korner says that it's not very realistic to expect fighting to be removed from the NHL anytime soon. Instead, the way to curb fighting is to change today's role of the enforcer, instead expecting them to be contributing players beyond using their fists.
THE HEX IS BACK: There is another Hextall in hockey (L.A. Times). Brett Hextall, the son of Ron, was drafted by the Coyotes in the sixth round of the 2008 draft and he hit the ice against his dad's team, the Kings (Ron is assistant GM in L.A. these days). Brett, a forward, was physical on the ice. Surprise, surprise.
OTTAWA OPTIMISM: Senators GM Bryan Murray recently did a Q&A with the Ottawa Sun in which he talked about the team this upcoming season and the transition from Cory Clouston (with some more veiled parting shots) to Paul MacLean and Murray's belief the Sens will push for the playoffs ... this season.
TURRIS TAKE: After the flurry of signings on Wednesday and Thursday, the list of remaining RFAs unsigned is short, but the Coyotes' Kyle Turris is still on the list. With his high asking price ($3 million- $4million?!), it has Matthew Sekeres at the Globe and Mail wondering if it isn't a trade request in disguise.
ISLAND DEVELOPMENT: A Baltimore development company is showing renewed interest (Newsday) in developing the area around the Islanders home, Nassau Coliseum, something it originally showed interest in back in 2005. It's still too early to know what the full plan would call for and what it would mean to the Isles.
HUDLER'S HOPE: Coming off a disappointing season with the Red Wings, Jiri Hudler returns to Detroit this fall knowing he has to make a much better impression (Detroit Free Press), putting a lot of pressure on himself to show more than he did a season ago after a summer of UFC training.