A lot has gone on in the world of hockey recently, some awesome, some REALLY awesome, and some really lame. But it’s all worth talking about…
Bobby Ryan scores with the wrong stick
This had to go first.
First of all, how did the refs miss it when Koivu literally stole Bobby Ryan’s stick out of his hands? I mean, does it ever get any more blatant than that? But it’s a good thing that they did miss it, because if they did call a penalty, we would have missed the ridiculously awesome thing that happened next.
What makes it even better is that one of the Wild players was nudging the stick towards the scrum along the boards, probably towards Koivu so he could get the correct stick, but Ryan “steals” it and scores. And his reaction was perfect. He was either trying to say “Hey! Look at this, I scored with the wrong kind of stick!” or “Hey, you, you want your stick back? HAAAA!” Although, maybe it was a little bit of both. Either way, priceless.
I hate shootouts, but I had to post this. What you have just witnessed was the biggest example of “Unnecessary” that you will ever see. Although, he did score, so I guess we don’t know how important the spin-o-rama in the neutral zone actually was. But what would you expect from a guy who did this?
If the league required players to use an Omark-esque move in the shootouts, I might not hate them anymore.
Evgeni Nabokov released by his KHL team
So, who wants him? Do any teams regret not paying him the multi-year contract now? Of course, his play might have been very different in the NHL than it was in the KHL, but this is still funny. After being one of the premiere goalies in the NHL, Nabby compiled an 8-8-5 record with a GAA of 3.02 and an .888 save percentage.
He’ll have to pass through waivers to get back into the NHL, but he’s eligible to play there. The only question is, does anyone want him? Some people seem to think so, but he’ll really have to drop his $6 million a year price tag in order to generate any interest from anyone. However, the contract would be pro-rated for this year, so his cap number would higher than he’s actually getting paid. Tampa Bay could be an interesting fit. They’ve got a pretty solid team overall, but their goalies have been pretty pedestrian. Dan Ellis and Mike Smith actually have even worse GAA’s and save percentages than Nabokov does this year.
Alex Semin escapes suspension after trying to decapitate John-Michael Liles with his stick
I would love for someone to explain this one to me. It was a full extension, violent crosscheck right in the back of the head. Yet somehow, it was only worthy of a fine according to the NHL. Some people argue that since he has a clean history, it was right for him to escape a suspension this time. I think that’s complete bullcrap. While I do think that a history should cause suspensions and/or fines to be a little harsher, I don’t believe that anyone should get a free pass. A dirty hit is a dirty hit. And this was dirty. What else are you trying to do by crosschecking someone in the head other than trying to hurt the guy? And even if he was trying to get him in the shoulder, you’re ultimately responsible for where you stick goes.
Danny Briere and Olli Jokinen each got three game suspensions this year for similar plays. Why did Semin get away with this one? Once again, the NHL swings and misses (unlike Semin).
Tim Thomas is unbelievable
After struggling last season, his record is 14-2-3 and he’s got a save percentage of .954 (1st in the NHL), a GAA of 1.51 (first in the NHL), 5 shutouts (1st in the NHL).
At least Kovalchuk’s scoring isn’t as bad as these jerseys.
The Penguins have rattled off 12 wins in a row. The Islanders barely have 12 points the entire year.
Speaking of the Islanders, they have only won 1 game in their last 20 games. ONE game in their last 20!!!! And do you know what team they beat? The Devils. The Devils would easily be the worst team in the league if the Isles didn’t exist.
The most deceiving division in the NHL? That would be the Pacific Division. The Anaheim Ducks are currently in 2nd place in the division with 36 points. They have the same number of points as the division-leading Coyotes, but Phoenix gets the tiebreaker. Why is this division deceiving? Look at the games played. The Ducks have played 33 games. No one else has played more than 29 games, and the last place Kings have played 6 less games than the Ducks but are only 3 points back.
The Detroit Red Wings are clearly too old to be successful.