Tag:Pavel Datsyuk
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:37 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2011 4:05 pm

Daily Skate: Mark Messier to run in NYC Marathon

By Brian Stubits

RUN, MARK, RUN!: Rangers (and Oilers, of course) icon Mark Messier announced on Thursday that he will be running in the next New York City marathon on Nov. 6. He's doing it to benefit two charities, the New York Police & Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund as well as the Tomorrows Children's Fund. Messier says he has no goals -- that's a first! -- and would just like to finish. (NHL.com)

WE DON'T NEED NO STINKIN' DIVISIONS: This might be the most interesting realignment prosposal I have seen to date. This idea calls for the banishment of divisions from hockey, that way you don't have teams being forced to play so ofen in other time zones, a la Dallas, Detroit and Nashville. (Hockey News)

MINI PAVEL: The Red Wings had a classic giveaway for Thursday night's game against the Canucks, handing out Pavel Datsyuk bobbleheads. "Awesome," Datsyuk said about his appearance. "Lots of tan. Looks like me in summertime." Nice keepsake for Red Wings fans. (Detroit Free Press)

HOMETOWN HERO: While Jaromir Jagr didn't return to his original team in Kladno, Czech Republic to play this summer, he is making a very big impression on his old club. To help save the struggling team, Jagr purchased a 70 percent ownership stake in the team, leaving the locals a happy group. (J.J.'s Knights)

TORONTO TROUBLE: Cody Franson was openly sharing his frustration last week that he is the seventh defenseman for the Maple Leafs after they acquired him from Nashville in the offseason. Coach Ron Wilson's response? “He plays the next game and the rest is up to him,” Wilson said of Franson’s status with the team. “He put a lot of pressure on himself talking this week. Now he’s got to perform.” (Globe and Mail)

TOUGH SPOT: The St. Louis Cardinals are currently doing battle with the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLCS, leaving Blues tough guy Barret Jackman in a tough spot. He played a little with Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan when Morgan was still giving hockey a shot. "He was one of those guys you loved to hate because he had so much energy," (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

OVER THE HILL: Chicago Blackhawks veteran Sean O'Donnell just turned 40 on Thursday and for a short while was on the roster the same time as 18-year-old Brandon Saad. Here's a look at the differences in generations from each of their favorite TV shows to hockey heroes. (ESPN Chicago)

NEW TRADITION: The Islanders are putting a new twist on an old hockey tradition. The idea launched by captain Mark Streit, the Isles are now lining up to create a human tunnel for the announcement of the Three Stars of the game. Here's the rendition after Thursday's rout of the Lightning, including a John Tavares imposter.

Photo: Detroit Red Wings Twitpic

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Posted on: October 8, 2011 1:54 pm
Edited on: October 8, 2011 2:14 pm

Teams with the most homegrown talent

Hgt1By: Adam Gretz

Every team in the NHL says they want to build through the draft, and like any other aspect of the sport, some have done a better job than others, not only based on the number of home-grown players they have on the roster, but also the quality of said players.

It's always been an important part of constructing a roster and has taken on an even greater level of significance in the salary cap era where teams need to get quality production for an affordable price. There are few things more damaging to a team in the cap era than overpaying a free agent and handing out a large contract for a second-or-third tier player.

Looking across the league at every team's opening night roster and you get an idea as to which teams have done the best job at building from within. Here are the three teams with the most homegrown talent on their opening night rosters.

1) Nashville Predators: No team in the NHL has more drafted-and-developed players on its opening night roster than the Predators' 18. Their group ranges from core players like Shea Weber, Ryan Suter and Pekka Rinne, to role players like Jordin Tootoo, to young prospects Craig Smith and Blake Geoffrion.

The farm system has always been the lifeblood of the Predators organization, and it has to be. They don't have the resources to acquire superstars in free agency -- and may struggle to keep their own -- and must rely on their own system to continue to produce talent. The concern has to be whether or not Nashville will ever be able to take the next step as a championship contender, or if the organization has hit its peak with this current strategy.

Other teams across the league are not only able to draft and develop same type of core players, they are also able to re-sign them and keep them long-term once they're eligible for free agency and add complementary pieces from outside the organization.

2) Buffalo Sabres: There's a ton of excitement in Buffalo right now thanks to new owner Terry Pegula. He proved over the summer with his spending that he's committed to utilizing every possible resource he can to make sure the Sabres a contender.

The signings of Christian Ehrhoff and Ville Leino, as well as the trade for Robyn Regehr, made all the headlines, but the Sabres roster is made up of 15 homegrown players. And we're not just talking role players and and roster-filler. Ryan Miller, Tyler Myers, Derek Roy, workout warrior Drew Stafford and their newest captain, Jason Pominville, were all drafted and developed by the Sabres front office.

3) Detroit Red Wings: While teams like Pittsburgh, Chicago, Washington, Edmonton and the New York Islanders have collected multiple lottery picks at the top of the draft to rebuild their franchises, the Red Wings have managed to do it by routinely picking near the bottom of the draft, and finding impact players after the first two rounds. Whether or not it's great scouting ability or great player development is a chicken-or-egg debate, but the Red Wings open the season with 15 players they drafted. That list includes Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetteberg and Tomas Holmstrom, taken in the sixth, seventh and tenth rounds respectively, as well as third-rounders Johan Franzen and Nicklas Lidstrom.

In the pre-lockout NHL, before the salary cap, some of the Red Wings' best teams were built largely with big-money players from outside the organization, whether it be Brendan Shanahan, Luc Robitaille or Brett Hull. Today, their roster is made up almost entirely of players they brought up themselves, and whatever players they've managed to acquire through trades or free agency are mainly role players (Patrick Eaves, Drew Miller) or players they managed to pick up on the cheap and developed into productive players (Daniel Cleary).

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Posted on: October 7, 2011 11:03 pm
Edited on: October 8, 2011 12:23 am

Video: Datsyuk robs Cowen, sets up Hudler

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.

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Posted on: September 23, 2011 2:14 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2011 2:43 pm

Mike Yeo knows what it takes to win the Selke


By: Adam Gretz

Mike Yeo is entering his first year as the head coach of the Minnesota Wild and he's already starting the PR push for his best player, Mikko Koivu, to take home one of the NHL's top individual awards -- the Selke Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL's best defensive forward.

Koivu, Minnesota's captain, is entering his seventh season in the league and has become one of the NHL's best two-way centers -- and probably an underrated one, too -- and will be playing the first year of a seven-year contract extension that pays him $6.7 million per season. He plays in all situations for the Wild and has finished as the clubs leading scorer in each of the past three seasons.

In an article that appears in Wednesday's Star Tribue, via PHT, Michael Russo spoke to Yeo about his expectations for Koivu this season as the Wild attempt end a frustrating three-year playoff drought. Yeo admitted he has high expectations for the 28-year-old forward, and said he's going to make a push for him to win his first Selke Trophy. He didn't crack the top-20 in voting this past season, but did finish 11th back in 2009-10.

Said Yeo, via Russo:
"One thing I already started talking to Mikko about is I'm going to push for that guy to win the Selke Trophy [NHL's best defensive forward]. I don't know if he's going to win the Hart [MVP] next year, but I believe he can win the Selke. In order to do that, you have to get a lot of points, but you also have to be great defensively."
Emphasis mine. Yeo, of course, is not wrong with that comment.

Even though the Selke is awarded to the NHL's best defensive forward, there is no way to avoid the fact it generally goes to a player that also scores. A lot. Winners of the award have averaged over 60 points per season the year they've won it, and since 1990 there's only been one winner -- John Madden in 2000-01 -- that finished with fewer than 40 points. The finalists for the award over the past four years alone have finished with the following point totals, lowest to highest: 43, 49, 59, 59, 70, 73, 75, 76, 80, 92, 97, 97.

That's not to say that any of the recent finalists -- and winners -- haven't been deserving, as the list usually includes Pavel Datsyuk and Ryan Kesler (as it has in each of the past three years), two exceptional defensive players. But scoring does help get you noticed, which can only hurt players like Blair Betts, Samuel Pahlsson or Martin Hanzal, players that are excellent defensively, but don't score a ton of points. Koivu can certainly score, having reached the 60-point mark in each of the past three seasons. The problem will be finding a way to crack the top-three, when two of the spots have gone to the aforementioned Datsyuk and Kesler in each of the past three seasons (Datsyuk has been there the past four seasons, and deservedly so).

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: September 21, 2011 10:42 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2011 10:45 pm

Malkin looks strong in return

By: Adam Gretz

PITTSBURGH -- Playing for the first time since tearing his ACL last January, Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin returned to the lineup on Wednesday night during Pittsburgh's preseason opener and looked to be the best player on the ice every single time he stepped on it.

Malkin, who missed the last half of the 2010-11 season, and all of the playoffs, scored a goal and added an assist in the Penguins' 3-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings. More than the actual numbers, Malkin just simply appeared to be on another level than everybody else, which has to be a positive sign for the Penguins seeing as how Sidney Crosby's availability is still unknown at this point as he continues to recover from a concussion.

With Malkin and Crosby out of the lineup last season the Penguins offense dropped significantly in the second half of the season, and was pretty much nonexistent in the playoffs when they lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Until Crosby returns, Malkin is going to have to be the go-to-guy offensively for the Penguins, something he's proven to be more than capable of in the past (think back to the 2007-08 season when Crosby missed over 20 games with an ankle injury, and how Malkin pretty much became one of the two or three best players in the league).

Of course, it's important to keep everything in its proper perspective and remember that this was simply the first game of the preseason against what was, outside of Pavel Datsyuk -- who was by far Detroit's best player on the night -- and a handful of other regulars, the Red Wings minor leaguers. Still, Malkin was the type of force at both ends of the ice that he was during the 2008-09 season when he won the Art Ross and Conn Smythe Trophies, creating turnovers on the forecheck and dangling his way through the Red Wings defense.  

After recording an assist on the Penguins first goal, which was scored by Chris Kunitz, Malkin picked up his first goal of the preseason when he blew past Red Wings defenseman Garnet Exelby (video above) and bounced a shot in off of goaltender Jimmy Howard.

Howard had a rough night in the crease for the Wings as all three of three of the goals that he surrendered seemed to bounce off of him on their way into the net. Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock was especially upset with the third goal he allowed, a power play tally from Matt Niskanen, which trickled through Howard after he initially appeared to make the stop.

The Penguins seemed to tilt the ice on Detroit a bit in the second period, outshooting them by a 14-7 margin.

"We had tons of chances," said Babcock "I thought they had a few more shots go in the net. I thought we had lots of opportunities tonight. They had a better second period and I thought Malkin was real good, but they scored one on the power play, which I didn't like. Shouldn't have went in."

Howard played the first two periods, stopping 17 of the 20 shots he faced.

After Malkin, the second best player on the ice was clearly Datsyuk as he picked up an assist on both Detroit goals, including a nifty saucer pass to set up Jiri Hudler for the Red Wings' second goal of the game.

"He made some things happen tonight," said Babcock regarding Datsyuk's play. "Just like Malkin, they were better than anybody else tonight, so they're fun guys to watch."

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Posted on: September 17, 2011 11:12 am
Edited on: September 17, 2011 11:19 am

Daily Skate: Not even Crosby's doctors agree

By: Adam Gretz

MORE CROSBY CONFUSION It was announced on Friday that Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, still recovering from a concussion, has been cleared to skate in non-contact drills. Helping to add to the confusion that's already out there regarding his comeback is that his medical team is apparently not on the same page. Ted Carrick, a chiropractor that has been observing Crosby for the past month, appeared on a Pittsburgh radio station (WDVE) on Friday and said that he's as ready for contact as any other player in the NHL, which would be the first time we've heard such a report, and one that seemingly goes against everything his other doctor, Michael Collins, as well as the Penguins team doctors are saying. Rob Rossi of the Tribune-Review has more on the story.

OSHIE APPEARS IN TOP SHAPE St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie had an up-and-down season a year ago, going through a team-imposed two-game suspension following an unexcused absence. He was committed to making the team forget about all of it, and it seems that he is off to a good start, having appeared to Blues camp in great shape and acing the teams conditioning tests. Said Oshie, via Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, "I just wanted to prove to them after everything that happened that I've matured and have grown up." In 49 games last season he scored 12 goals to go with 22 assists.

DATSYUK'S SALEI TRIBUTE Pavel Datsyuk will be honoring his former teammate, Ruslan Salei, who was tragically killed in the plane crash involving the KHL team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, by wearing No. 24 during the preseason. That is the number Salei wore for most of his NHL career, including the 2010-11 season which he spent as a member of the Red Wings.

JAGR OPENS CAMP ON TOP LINE The top line at Flyers practice on Saturday featured Jaromir Jagr, Claude Giroux and James vanRiemsdyk. Jagr signed a one-year deal with Philadelphia this summer after playing the past three seasons in the KHL. Scott Hartnell, Danny Briere and Jakub Voracek, acquired in the trade that sent Jeff Carter to Columbus, skated on the second line.

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Posted on: August 30, 2011 4:20 pm

Taste testing the Gary Roberts diet

ingredientsBy: Adam Gretz

On Monday we directed you to an article in the Globe and Mail by James Mirtle that talked about the diet Gary Roberts has several of the NHL's best young players eating to stay in top physical shape. It's different, requires a great deal of dedication and is definitely a little on the extreme side.

I like to think I have decent eating habits, but they obviously don't compare -- or come close -- to what Roberts has players like Brayden Schenn and Jeff Skinner sticking to in preperation for the upcoming season. I enjoy my fruits and vegetables, I don't eat a lot of red meat and I try to stay away from junk food as much as possible. But, like most people, I have my guilty pleasures and usually find myself grabbing lunch at Chick Fil-A once a week, and I enjoy Pepsi Throwback more than I probably should.

Still, I'm always looking to try new things, and included in Mirtle's article were a number of sample recipes that Roberts supplies his players with. Because it's still the dog days of the offseason -- and, most importantly, since I wanted to try some of them myself -- I wanted to combine the fun hockey and food and review a couple of the selections.

For Today I decided to whip up a small batch of the roasted red pepper mayonnaise, mainly because I already had most of the ingredients in my kitchen.

And away we go…

What You Will Need: Four Red peppers, four tablespoons of olive oil, one clove of garlic, sea salt (all of these are pictured above).

The Recipe: "Bake peppers in half the olive oil at 400F until soft. Remove burnt skin. Place all ingredients in blender or food processor and blend until chunky or smooth (depending on preference). Use to marinate meats, as a vegetable dip, with pasta or as mayonnaise for sandwiches and wraps."

Prep time: The most time consuming part of this is simply baking the peppers. I kept them in the oven (at 400 degrees) for a little over 10 minutes and, in hindsight, probably could have (or should have) left them in a little bit longer, as it took longer than I expected for them to break apart in the food processor (I was going for the smooth texture). Still, from start to finish, from the time I started slicing peppers and preparing all of the ingredients, until it was in a bowl and finished, was no more than 20 minutes. Fast and very simple.

I ended up making half of the recipe (two peppers, two tablespoons of olive oil and only half of a garlic clove and only a small pinch of sea salt) since I wasn't sure how much the full batch was going to make, or how it would taste.

Here is the end result…


Overall Review: It's actually quite delicious -- if you like red peppers. Obviously the red pepper is the main ingredient and ends up dominating the flavor, but you also pick up a nice hint of garlic, which is fine with me. I decided to use it as a mayonnaise on a chicken sandwich with lettuce, home grown tomato and onion, and it was a wonderful finishing touch to the sandwich.

If It Were A Hockey Player: It would be Pavel Datsyuk. Smooth, very versatile, can be used in a lot of different ways and is a great finisher.

Tomorrow we'll tackle "Gary Roberts’s Molten Chocolate Mousse", which is mainly cacao powder and bananas.

Photos from: My kitchen

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Posted on: March 21, 2011 2:22 pm
Edited on: March 21, 2011 2:24 pm

Playoff Watch: Hobbled Wings, Pens renew rivalry

WHO CAN CLINCH: No new teams can secure a playoff berth today. 

ALREADY IN: Vancouver Canucks and Philadelphia Flyers

GAME OF THE NIGHT: Pittsburgh Penguins (41-23-8) at Detroit Red Wings (43-21-8), 7:30 p.m. ET

The combatants in two of the last three Stanley Cup Finals highlight a limited slate of games tonight. 
The Red Wings Wings begin a five-game homestand. (Seven of Detroit's final 10 regular season games are at Joe Louis Arena.) The Wings have an eight-point lead on the Chicago Blackhawks, who Detroit faces three times down the stretch. Forwards Pavel Datsyuk (lower body), Johan Franzen (groin) and Jiri Hudler (upper body) are likely to miss tonight's game, according to Ansar Khan of mlive.com. That could make winning 10 in a row against Eastern Conference opponents a little more difficult. 

The Pens have well-chronicled injury problems of their own with forwards Sidney Crosby (concussion) and Evgeni Malkin (out for season with knee injury), along with defenseman Brooks Orpik (finger) out. Forward Chris Kunitz, out 13 games with a lower-body injury, has been solid in the five games since he returned the lineup. Over the last three games, he has six points (three goals, three assists.) 

ALTERNATIVE VIEWING: Calgary Flames (37-27-10) at Los Angeles (40-26-6), 10:30 p.m. ET

This game is the only other game on the schedule, so it's not quite a tough call. Calgary comes to Staples Center a day after dropping a heart-breaker in Anaheim. The Flames overcame a three-goal deficit and even held a lead late in the third period before Teemu Selanne tied the game and Corey Perry gave the Ducks a 5-4 victory in overtime. The Kings enter the night in sixth place, two points ahead of the Flames. 

GOLF WATCH: The Colorado Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers won't get any new company tonight. 
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