Posts Tagged ‘Jeff Skinner’

Top Line: Luongo spars with scribe; Olympic camps close; more links

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Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks

In the spotlight all summer, Roberto Luongo has deftly deflected criticism with humor. (Bob Frid/Icon SMI)

By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

• Tony Gallagher says it’s high time that Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo drop the diva routine. Luongo was quick to offer a witty rejoinder via Twitter.

• Enjoy the Olympic hockey, kids. Escalating salaries, and the rising costs to insure them, means that Sochi might be the last go-round for NHL players on the big stage.

• Rob Longley closes out his U.S. camp coverage with notes on Seth Jones, Phil Kessel and Zach Parise, as well as a report on his unexpected encounter with a man who almost became an American legend.

• Alex Galchenyuk has his sights set on spending his 20th birthday in Sochi with Team USA. They grow out of the Chuck E. Cheese phase so fast these days.

• David Poile offered up a fresh story about the Miracle On Ice . . . and it just happens to involve one of the finest magazines in the land (no, not Cracked).

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  • Published On Aug 29, 2013
  • Hurricanes have nothing to gain from playing Jeff Skinner

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    Jeff Skinner of the Hurricanes lies on the ice after being knocked senseless.

    Jeff Skinner has had his concussion issues and should be handled with care. (Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Just came across this tweet from Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News and Observer that left me gobsmacked.

    Because of course, why wouldn’t Jeff Skinner be rushed back into the lineup for Saturday’s game against Philadelphia? That seems like a perfectly reasonable decision to make with a player who was knocked senseless after sustaining this open-ice hit from Ottawa’s Jared Cowen, right?

    Especially a player who has missed stretches of both this season and last with concussion-related issues.

    Alexander later reported that Skinner actually wanted to come back after the Cowen hit and was upset with the team doctor for not clearing him. And you know, that’s great. You want a potential franchise player like Skinner to have that hunger, to desperately want to get back into the battle with his teammates.

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  • Published On Apr 18, 2013
  • Top Line: Seabrook pays ultimate price, Begin’s 1,000-day wait, more links

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    By Allan Muir

    A guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Brent Seabrook demonstrated how far the Hawks are willing to go to keep their hot streak rolling. After holding off a Kings rally, Chicago is now one game away from tying the record for consecutive games with at least one point from the start of the season.

    • Steve Begin doesn’t score often, but he has a spectacular sense of timing. The gritty forward buried an OT clincher for Boston on May 1, 2010, then waited 1,023 days before scoring again — last night’s game-winner as Calgary came back from down 3-1 to beat Dallas 4-3.

    • John Tortorella hates the media again and the Rangers returned to their 2011-12 form in a 2-1 win over the Caps. Coincidence?

    • Did Peter Laviolette receive the kiss of death on Sunday? Hard to believe that anyone would question his job security considering all the injuries Philly is dealing with, but you never know when it comes to the Flyers.

    • Sidney Crosby moved to within one point of the league scoring lead with three points in Pittsburgh’s 4-3 win over the Sabres on Sunday. The loss left Sabres’ netminder Ryan Miller steaming mad

    • Boston’s pushover power play clicked for the third time in four games and Tyler Seguin finally figured out that there are free bunnies for those who go to the net in Boston’s 3-2 win in Winnipeg.

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  • Published On Feb 18, 2013