Thursday, October 29, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Then he decided again this week that, nope he didn't want to play in Hamilton.
So he packed up his gear and went dark. Nobody could find the kid. The rumour mill had it that Kostitsyn was entertaining at least three offers from KHL clubs.
However TSN is reporting Bob Gainey had a second intervention last night, and Kostitsyn has rejoined the club.
Let. Him. Go. Who cares if he goes to the KHL? He's clearly not doing the Canadiens much good on the ice, if he's in the AHL. And his diva behaviour is a distraction the team does not need.
Last season, it was the Russian-Montreal mob... now it's fights and missing the bus.
"A French-language MSN article posted Wednesday reports that a physical altercation between Montreal Canadiens players Scott Gomez and Sergei Kostitsyn during the preseason was a motivating factor that contributed to the younger Kostitsyn being assigned to the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs.
The report, written by Mario Langlois, says that the incident took place just prior to Montreal's season-opening game in Toronto on Oct. 1, as the club was preparing to depart for a team-building excursion in Caledon, ON. Before leaving, the team went out for a night on the town and returned to Gomez's house. At some point in the evening, Gomez and Kostitsyn got into an altercation that was serious enough that other players had to jump in and separate them.
General manager Bob Gainey and head coach Jacques Martin were notified about it the next day and according to the report, Gainey didn't want another off-ice distraction like the many that the team dealt with last season. As a result, Kostitsyn was sent to the minors prior to the team's departure for Caledon.
Earlier last month, Kostitsyn missed a team bus during Montreal's preseason game in Quebec City. At one specific practice, the forward was blasted a couple of times by Martin for not paying attention."
Here we go.
The Q-league is a fast-skating, high-flying league. You don't see too many Dion Phaneufs in the Q. And although after the lockout, the NHL has opened up for a smaller, quicker player. Teams still want someone who can backcheck.
Someone roll out the human rights inquiry red carpet.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Bruins lose Savard to broken foot
Savard suffered a broken left foot and is expected to miss up to six weeks. He has been placed on the long term injured reserve list.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Apparently you can stop him. For 4 months, actually. Torn ACL. Not good news for the Detroit Red Wings. Does this mean someone besides the Red Wings will win the division/conference. Hopefully.
Former NHL star Theo Fluery says he was sexually abused by his junior hockey coach, Graham James. Fluery's account of the abuse is detailed in an autobiography called "playing with fire" that is set to hit shelves next week.
It's weird, I heard this news and it made me sad. But at the same time, I wasn't surprised. It's like knowing the answer to why Fluery had such a rough life.
Pat Quinn is still insane?
and is getting a $10,000 fine for his insanity?
Quinn was angry about an incident between Sheldon Souray and Jarome Iginla that lead to Souray being assisted off the ice.
"I don't understand the players of today," said Quinn.
"If that had happened in the old days he would have got hit over the head with a stick right after. It was a pretty dirty play in my opinion. He poked his feet out and then piled on top of him. Somehow they never deal with that ... and they won't let the vigilante stuff happen to deal with it. It's disappointing."
Actually I am sorta let down by the comments. I mean, that's not really that inflamatory. I'm sure if Quinn knew he was going to be fined he would've said worse.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Defenceman Chris Chelios without an NHL contract, will suit up for the AHL's Chicago Wolves on Monday.
In 28 games last season with the Red Wings Celios was held pointless and had 18 penalty minutes.
Monday, October 5, 2009
does. not. compute.
- The Leafs were eaten alive by the Washington Capitols. Why is everyone so surprised by this?
- The Habs, are playing their classic Cardiac Canadiens style. Winning both their games in extra time. Brian Gionta got the overtime winner by picking off a bounce off the backboards in mid-air and putting it in the net. He said it was luck. I call it magic.
- Sens lose 5-2. Surprised it wasn't more.
Battle of the Blades.
Oh. My. God. So I wasn't really planning on watching this. But i turned on the TV and it was what was on. And I am now hooked. It is so funny. I can't even handle how funny it is.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Also spent much of my day preparing for tonight's Mooseheads game against the Rimouski Oceanic.
But most importantly...
TONIGHT IS THE FREAKIN NIGHT!
There's four games opening the NHL season tonight. And not a moment too soon.
Washington vs. Habs at 8pm AST
Leafs and Habs at 8pm AST
later tonight, San Jose v Colorado and Canucks take on the Flames.
Oh yah, then there's this other stuff happening:
Weird story... apparently the New Jersey Devils and Brendan Shanahan have "mutually decided" to part ways. I'm thinking he was cut. But whatever.
I don't even know what to say about this. Actually it's kind of weird. I was reading an Olympic story the other day and it was talking about Steve Yzerman, which led me to think about Brendan Shanahan. And I did that... "Is Shanny still playing?"
Guess he was.
Is apparently asking for a trade after being sent down to the minors by the Montreal Canadiens. There are also rumours that the younger Kostitsyn brother wants to play in the KHL.
I'm sort of hanging out on the fence on this one. On one hand he is getting demoted to the AHL, just days before the opening of the NHL season. Then there's the fact that he's being a whiny little....[insert name here]... And the Kostitsyn brothers were one of many off-ice distractions last season with their... random Russian mafia connections.... something about And one of the few distractions that are actually left on the team after the summer clearout.
In keeping with the teams cleaning house motto... might as well send Kostitsyn packing. Just start the hell over.
On the upside the team was on a "team bonding" trip for the past week, and the players are all praising new coach Jacques Martin and his system.
I'm mildy optimistic...
Well that was a whole lot about nothing. Judge Baum said neither children can have the candy. er... Judge Baum said neither the NHL or Jim Balsillie can have the Phoenix Coyotes.
Come on man, don't you get it, sagas need endings eventually. I'm sick of this one. This is possibly longer than the famous Sundin Saga of 2008.
I won't bore with the details, (because quite frankly i don't understand a lot of this freaking crazy arse legal story) but JimBalls is saying he is not appealing.
But I doubt that will be the end of JimBalls... there are plenty of teams in the NHL that has no fans. See: 24 teams located in the United States. So I reckon he'll be after another team before 2010.
I'm now accepting bets on his next victim.
Avalanche retire Joe Sakic's #19.
Okay so this is just frikkin bizarre. I really do think that Lansberg possibly took the good pills before yesterday's broadcast.
"So I'm going to lay it out here. Being a hockey captain is similar to leading the Jews from slavery and persecution in that they have one ultimate common goal: get to the promised land."
WHAT?! That's nothing like that at all. Are you serious? I'm speechless.