Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:01 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2012 12:28 am
By: Adam Gretz
There haven't been many suspensions in the NHL over the past couple of months, but Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green may have given Brendan Shanahan a reason to fire up another one of his (now rare) disciplinary videos.
Late in the second period of Thursday's game against Tampa Bay, a pretty important game in the Eastern Conference playoff race, Green delivered an elbow to the head of Lightning forward Brett Connolly (as he was being held up by Dmitry Orlov), dropping him to the ice.
There was no penalty called on the play, but Green has been suspended previously in his NHL career, missing three games for elbowing Michael Frolik in the head last season.
After the game Connolly said that it was a hockey play by Green and that he put himself in a bad position. Lightning coach Guy Boucher, however, said that he feels the NHL needs to look at it.
"The league has to look at that. It's right at the head, the head's targeted. For me it's clear.
"The ref didn't see it. But you know, the refs are on the ice, they can't see everything. It happens so fast there's people beside them so I don't blame the refs. To me it could have been a five [minute major] and the head was targeted, it's clear. We just watched it on the video."
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Posted on: December 22, 2011 5:26 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2011 5:45 pm
Oh, it has been topped alright. The Chicago Blackhawks have taken the title belt as far as I'm concerned.
Rewriting Christmas songs to fit player names and/or teams is nothing new. But for me the Blackhawks took it to a new level with this video. Enjoy. It will be tough even for the Red Wings and Canucks fans not to.
It's funny from the start, but about midway through the video the appetizer of Marian Hossa (Silent Night), Nick Leddy (Dreidel, Dreidel) and John Scott (Grandma Got Runover by a Reindeer) leads to the entre that had me rolling. Really. That's when they went South of the Border to Michael Frolik for a little Frolik Navidad.
The appearance of the players singing themselves is half the reason why it's so funny to begin with. They found one excellently awful collection of Christmas sweaters and accessories.
My desert comes near the end when they are running through all the other song titles available on this mythical CD -- that should be real, mind you -- and there were a few more gems including Deck Jamal (Deck the Halls) and another knee-slapper Lepisto, Lepisto, Lepisto (Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow).
May this trend continue in future years. It's probably too late to see any more this year, but the gauntlet has been laid down for the best holiday video. This is the standard bearer.
Posted on: September 26, 2011 11:04 am
Edited on: September 26, 2011 11:15 am
If the Blackhawks have any hole on their roster as it's currently constructed, it would be at the center position. Coach Joel Quenneville would like to have more depth in the circle, especially since Marcus Kruger isn't completely impressing the staff.
So it isn't surprising that the team is looking from within to find an understudy. But it is a slight surprise that Patrick Kane is in the discussion. The star wingman has shown enough to get a tryout at center in the coming days. Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago had the quotes from Quenneville.
"He's been playing center throughout scrimmages and practices now and we'll see," Quenneville said.
"Defensively he's gotten better as he's grown in that position with us, down low on the walls. It's something we're going to at least take a look at."
As Myers points out, how about Michael Frolik? He's been a wing man since coming into the NHL but he has potential in the faceoff dot. And by trying him out you aren't disrupting the rhythm Kane has built with Jonathan Toews on the top line.
Even if he is the best of the rest for the Blackhawks at center, I would think he's too valuable to the team in his current position to move. Sure, he could be a fill-in, but I can't imagine the team is giving serious consideration into Kane being one of the four centers. No way would they move him to the another line just to fill the position.
Much more likely scenarios if Kruger doesn't convince them he can handle the center spot include shifting the aforementioned Frolik or maybe Jamal Mayers to the position. Or they could look to fill the void from within the system or even on the scrap heap that is remaining free agents -- John Madden is available for a return to Chicago.
As for Kane's feelings on the possibility, all Quenneville would say is that Kane is "not complaining."
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Posted on: June 27, 2011 5:31 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2011 6:28 pm
Here we are, just days away from July 1, and Steven Stamkos still doesn't have a contract for next season. Come Friday, he will be a restricted free agent if no extension is reached with the Lightning before then. Stamkos says they're close, but as of yet no deal is done.
So will there be a stampede for Stamkos, a young superstar who has been the NHL's leading goal scorer over the past two seasons? Don't hold your breath.
If Stamkos is still unsigned comed Friday, teams will have the option of extending him an offer sheet, at which point Tampa Bay would have the option to match. And make no mistake, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman will match. He is indicated that there really isn't a level he won't go to to keep his star.
Perhaps you're thinking if a team has a ton of money, why not call Yzerman's bluff, see if he truly means it? If nothing else, you force Tampa Bay to handicap the rest of its roster by committing more than it had afforded to signing Stamkos. Take the Panthers, for example. GM Dale Tallon has to spend $26 million just to reach the salary cap floor, so he has a ton of money to throw around at this point. Couldn't he set out to damage his division rivals by either taking away their best player (and giving the Panthers a star of their own) or hampering Yzerman's efforts to build his roster by offering Stamkos, say $12 million annually?
The answer is of course he could, but it's unlikely he would. Or any other team for that matter. Why? In the hypothetical world where the Lightning don't match and let Stamkos go, they would still get compensation. For Stamkos, the going rate would be four first-round draft picks going back to the Lightning. Stamkos is elite, but that's a heavy, heavy price to pay, in addition to the money committed to paying Stamkos.
So there's a reason why nobody -- except Maple Leafs fans -- has their hopes too high for Stamkos. Then again, you never know what might happen.
Among the other top RFAs this season, both Nashville's Shea Weber and New Jersey's Zach Parise have dates with arbitration after the teams filed, meaning they are off the market while the teams try to negotiate contract extensions. It's hard to imagine either player going as far as arbitration, but if they do, it's even less fathomable the teams would decline to give the player the award. Point being, don't expect to see either guy in a new sweater any time soon, barring trade, of course. These are the types of guys that you imagine will do what they need to do so as not to lose such cornerstones.
Now just because Stamkos seems like a sure bet to remain in Tampa, that doesn't mean other RFAs can't be pried away from their current teams.
Here are the top restricted free agents (in alphabetical order).
Artem Anisimov, Brian Boyle, Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky -- New York Rangers: The young Rangers all scored at least 18 goals for the Blueshirts last season, led by Dubinsky's team-high 24. The quartet could be described as the future of the franchise.
Drew Doughty -- Los Angeles: The 21-year-old defenseman has already reached All-Star status and is one of the better offensive defensemen in the league already.
Sergei Kostitsyn -- Nashville: The other RFA they have to deal with in Music City, Kostitsyn scored 23 goals and pitched in with 27 assists, having the best shooting percetage in the NHL out of those with at least 25 shots.
Andrew Ladd -- Winnipeg: Ladd was sent to Atlanta from Chicago after the cap-strapped Blackhawks couldn't retain him. In one season for the Thrashers, he had 29 goals, nine on the power play, and 30 assists.
Brad Marchand -- Boston: The rookie really broke out in the playoffs, when he scored 11 goals for the B's on their way to the Stanley Cup, the second most for a rookie in the postseason ever behind only Jeremy Roenick.
Keith Yandle -- Phoenix: A great puck-moving defenseman, he could perhaps be a target of the Bruins in his hometown of Boston. Yandle had 11 goals and a whopping 48 assists for the Coyotes last season.
Others to watch: Zach Bogosian (WPG), Troy Brouwer (WAS), Michael Frolik (CHI), Clarke MacArthur (TOR), Blake Wheeler (WPG), Mike Santorelli (FLA), Blake Comeau (NYI), Teddy Purcell (TB), Semyon Varlamov (WAS)
-- Brian Stubits
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Posted on: April 4, 2011 4:50 pm
Edited on: April 4, 2011 5:05 pm
Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier has no structural damage to his right eye that was hit by a high stick, the club announced Monday.
Lecavalier was examined by an ophthalmologist in Buffalo Monday, a day after Chicago Blackhawks forward Michael Frolik hit Lecavalier in the face in the second period of 2-0 Lightning victory. Frolik received a double minor for high sticking Lecavalier, who does not wear a shield, did not return to the game and required three stitches to close the cut above his eye.
"He wanted to go back in, but he couldn't see," Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher told The St. Petersburg Times after Sunday's game. "He's a warrior. There was blood here, blood there, around the nose."
The Lightning listed Lecavalier as day-to-day and said his status for Tuesday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres will “will be made at that time based on his progress.”
-- A.J. Perez