October 15, 2010
Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.
• Bangin' Panger presents another batch of hilarious, inventive and disturbing NHL tattoos, including the Nashville Predators devouring a Red Wing and this heady Philadelphia Flyers tat. End of the post needs to be seen to be believed. [Bangin Panger]
• Fabian Brunnstrom(notes), once the most sought-after free agent in Europe, was placed on waivers Friday by the Dallas Stars. Good stuff from Brandon Worley: "It's unfortunate for a player that was so highly sought two years ago, but the Swedish player has had trouble adjusting to hockey in North America."
• Boris Valabik(notes) was also placed on waivers by the Atlanta Thrashers, and Chris Vivlamore has a good piece with him: "I have been preparing for the last month or so... Professionally, I know it's part of the game. It's also tough knowing that people I respect, the coaches, [GM] Rick Dudley, didn't think I could play there." [AJC]
• Dallas Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk announced Friday that the club has hired former NHL player Gary Roberts(notes) as a player development consultant. Because Gary Roberts does not think he is tough. Tough thinks it is Gary Roberts. [Stars]
• A look back at the glory that was NHLPA 93 for Sega. [SB Nation]
TORONTO (October 15, 2010) - Ottawa Senators forward Nick Foligno has been fined $2,500 (the maximum permitted under the Collective Bargaining Agreement) as a result of an illegal check to the head on Patrick Dwyer of the Carolina Hurricanes in NHL game #43, October 14, the National Hockey League announced today.
"While there was no injury as a result of the hit, it is clear that Foligno delivered a shoulder check from the blind side that made primary contact with Dwyer's head," said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. "It is also clear that Foligno was delivering the hit in an attempt to get the puck. Finally, in determining that a fine was the appropriate discipline for this incident, I took into account that Foligno has not been suspended previously by the League."
• Here's a handy way to get your ass fired: Start 1-10. [QMJHL]
• Adrian Dater wonders if Craig Anderson(notes) would give the Colorado Avalanche a hometown discount in free agency after they gave him his big break. Do Ice Girls count against the cap? [Denver Post]
• Craig Custance asks if the Toronto Maple Leafs are a playoff team. Said Eastern Conference: "Realistically, they're a playoff team ... This is a team that hasn't been in the playoffs for a while, but I think they're capable of moving up a few notches. They have guys there that know how to win and that rubs off on other players." [Sporting News]
• Check out the end of this KHL clip with Alex Radulov, flapping his arms like a chicken. This would be a diss of Jaromir Jagr's(notes) Omsk team, according to Pavel Lysenkov, whose mascot is a mighty Eagle.
• Cool piece by friend of the blog Derek Jory, who watched a Vancouver Canucks game between the benches: "Hockey's a fast game and even though that's blatantly obvious, it's easy to forget just how fast it is while covering the Canucks from way up in the press box or even watching practice from ice level. From level 500 you gracefully see plays develop at medium pace, almost as if watching a recorded game at half speed. Then you get down in the trenches and everything changes." [Canucks]
• Down Goes Brown presents cost-cutting measures for NHL teams: "Colorado Avalanche -- Carefully ensure that team will not exceed the league's $59 million salary cap by making sure not to sign any players to $20 million contracts." [DGB]
• Good news for the NHL on the merch front: "Through the opening weekend of the season, in-arena per capita sales for home openers was up 18 percent compared to last season, and average sales volume was up 27 percent. NHL Apparel wholesales are up 22 percent year-over-year July through October. Total sales volume at regular season 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere games was up 22 percent compared to last season. The Carolina vs. Minnesota game in Helsinki on Oct. 7 set a building merchandise sales record for hockey at Hartwall Areena. Highlights include selling out of toques, Premiere and team ball caps, player t-shirts, and scarves." [NHL]
• Finally, maybe you've seen this goal before, maybe you haven't. Either way, it's just sick: [Via Hockey World Blog]