Nightly Hockey Hits: IIHF says 90% chance NHL will be at Sochi, Bruins interested in Forsberg, Kovalchuk experiences soreness, the case for trading Nazem Kadri, should the Sharks re-sign Marleau?
Here is tonight’s word from around the blogs:
- The Bruins Blog: Chiarelli admits he’s interested in ‘Foppa’. Is there a team that hasn’t indicated some interest in the former superstar? Although it would appear that the interest mainly lies with an Eastern Conference team.
- Maple Leafs Hot Stove: Is Schenn hurt? Just part of the learning curve or is he hiding an injury.
- Blue Seat Blogs: Drury out, Lundqvist maybe. Only good news for the Rangers can be seen below.
- Thrashers: Kovalchuk experiences soreness, will not return Thursday against Rangers. Too bad but better that they don’t rush him back too quickly.
- The Rat Trick: Beat Up? Get a Big Mac! The Panthers already have some familiarity with him, and he will add some Burke esque type truculence to the team.
- Lightning Strikes: Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mattias Ohlund says incident with Wild’s Mikko Koivu is old news. Always easier for the guy who did the injuring to say the incident is over with, but I bet Koivu still remembers.
- Nucks Misconduct: Why can’t Vancouver win on the road? Looks like the Canucks have some discipline problems.
- Flames Insider: Sutter thrilled with Flames play. Even though they didn’t score 5 goals, he has to be happy with the team’s commitment to better defence.
- The Fifth Feather: Back to the Suture. Love the article title and he’s right, the Hawks have done pretty well considering the injuries. No need to panic. It’s a long season.
- Battle of California: Should the Sharks re-sign Marleau? I think it depends on whether or not the team can actually make the Cup and win it and then they have till July to get a deal done.
- Crash the Crease: The case for trading Nazem Kadri. Before Leafs Nation erupts, this is an OHL article, not NHL.
- Puck Daddy: Minor league hockey coach explains viral video meltdown. As meltdown’s go, that didn’t seem too bad, but to be suspended indefinitely seems a tad harsh.
- Brodeur is a Fraud: The goalies with the easiest jobs. For all those who are anti-Osgood, they are going to love seeing him on that list, although to his credit, he’s with some elite company.
- The Hockey News: NHL general managers come up with plan to address the issue of headshots. With the league losing its superstars, you can bet this issue will be on the agenda.
- NHL Fanhouse: Amidst the trade rumors, Martin Biron smiles and stops pucks. Perhaps Biron knows that the chances of DiPietro actually staying healthy for any length of time aren’t high.
- the Score: IIHF - “Better Than 90% Chance” NHL plays in 2014 games. Let the negotiations begin.
- T.O. Sports: Is Owen Nolan Hall of Fame bound? He should get in for his point in the all-star game alone!!
Since today is Remembrance Day, I wanted to point out an excellent article that Joe Pelletier of Greatest Hockey Legends wrote titled ‘Lest We Forget: Bob Carse – Hockey’s POW‘ which is a must read.
There were many examples of hockey players who thought nothing of giving up their dreams and sometimes their lives to fight for the freedom that we so often take for granted. In addition to Joe’s excellent article a player that I personally met and had the good fortune to talk with on a number of occassions was Winnipeg’s own Pete Langelle whose hockey career is most notable for;
In the greatest rally in hockey history the Toronto Maple Leafs came back from a three game to none deficit to the Detroit Red Wings to win the 1942 series. In a momentous Game Seven, played at Maple Leaf Gardens, the Leafs roared back to win the Stanley Cup, with Pete Langelle scoring the Stanley Cup-winning goal. His goal, Toronto’s second in a 3-1 win, was scored at 9:48 of the third period, assisted by Bob Goldham and his old teammate with the Winnipeg Monarchs, Johnny McCreedy.
Not only was this the biggest goal of his life, but it was also the last goal he scored in the NHL as he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and never played NHL hockey again as upon his return, the Leafs roster was full.