What The Puck: Dion Phaneuf Is A Princess
I’ve always been a fan of Dion Phaneuf’s game and no matter how tough you are, I would also be selling out if John Scott was about to deliver a hip check on me. But what I didn’t like about what Phaneuf did was what happened after the whistle.
Phaneuf clearly went after Cody McCormick while John Scott was a couple feet away from him. Was this Phaneuf’s way of not having to meet Scott face to face? I pucking think so!
Maybe Scott is right, Phaneuf is a princess. Then again, Scott is a disgrace to this league. No talent, just a pucking goon who learned how to skate just last season.
What Happened In The NHL This Week
Another week is in the books in the NHL and there were a few important things that happened over the last seven days. Here is a look at the three most newsworthy ones:
Steven Stamkos’ Injury
Stamkos was at the top of the league in scoring when he broke his tibia on Monday in a 3-0 loss in Boston and now the Tampa Bay Lightning are without one of the top two or three players in the NHL.
Stamkos has improved as an all-around player since being drafted No. 1 by the Lightning in 2008, so it is sort of ironic that he was hurt on a back-check.
Not only the Lightning have to find a way to fill that void; outside of the NHL, this is also a huge blow for Team Canada, who was banking on having Stamkos in the lineup for the Olympics in Sochi in February. It would have been his first time representing Canada at the Olympics after being named as a reserve in 2010 but even though there is no timetable for his recovery as of yet. It would be a miracle if Stamkos would be ready to play by then.
The Penguins are still one of the best teams in the league and a serious challenger in the Eastern Conference but it was a rough week for them as they lost all three games they played.
It started with a 5-1 loss on the road to the New York Rangers last Wednesday, which was followed by back-to-back 2-1 losses at St. Louis on Saturday and at home against the rival Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday. The Penguins only managed to light the lamp three times, which is surprising considering the offensive power they have on the team led by Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
This should only be considered a small blip on the radar if the Penguins can get back on track with their games this week.
Sabres Clean House In Buffalo
The Sabres are in a total rebuild and it’s been that way since they let go of Lindy Ruff last season. Since that firing, they have traded away Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek, and goaltender Ryan Miller is likely be gone by the trade deadline as well.
However, the Sabres are going even further into the process as they fired general manager Darcy Regier and head coach Ron Rolston, replacing them with Pat LaFontaine and Ted Nolan (technically, LaFontaine is the President of Hockey Operations and will probably be making the moves until he finds someone else).
La La La La La…La LaFontaine spent six seasons in Buffalo, scoring 148 points in 1992-93 and he has his number retired there, while Nolan coached in Buffalo from 1995 to 1997, winning the Jack Adams Award in his second season.
It was a good move by the Sabres’ brass as they needed to get the public back on their side after a terrible start to the season and Nolan should be a good coach for the league’s youngest team. Meanwhile LaFontaine will obviously receive respect throughout the organization.
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