Posts Tagged ‘Michael Grabner’

Top Line: Henrik Zetterberg does Detroit no favors; referee paranoia; more links

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Henrik Zetterberg and Team Sweden at Sochi Winter Olympics

Team Sweden’s captain, Henrik Zetterberg (far right), is playing hurt. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

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

• Henrik Zetterberg’s absence from Sweden’s team photo session didn’t go unnoticed this morning. Turns out he was receiving treatment for a herniated disc in his back and could miss some time in Sochi. Tough for the Swedes, but even worse for the Red Wings. They have to be thrilled that both Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk are battling through obvious injuries to play in the Olympics instead of resting up for the stretch drive with Detroit.

• Just because they’ve made some lousy calls doesn’t mean that Olympic officials are out to get your country. It just might be that they’re not that good at officiating hockey games.

• Team USA was never tested in a 7-1 thrashing of Slovakia in its Olympic opener. This was a laugher from the start, with the Slovaks apparently thinking they could win by never possessing the puck. Tough night for goalie Jaro Halak, who reinforced every fear that Blues fans have about him and his ability to lead St. Louis into the postseason.

• Russia survived an early scare to hold off Slovenia, 5-2. But hey, how about that Ziga Jeglic? That was a big game for the unknown Slovenian forward, who is currently playing in the German league.

• It’s not as much fun scoring an Olympic hat trick when your team gets pounded 8-4.

• Maybe next time Austria should try riding bikes to the rink.

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  • Published On Feb 13, 2014
  • SHANABANNED! Michael Grabner gets two games for elbowing Nathan Gerbe

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    By Allan Muir

    The NHL sent a strong and clear message with the five-game suspension handed to Colorado forward Cody McLeod this afternoon: hits from behind won’t be tolerated.

    Blindside head shots though? Eh, not so bad . . . at least, if you’re a first-time offender.

    That’s the takeaway from the two-game sentence handed to New York Islanders forward Michael Grabner on Monday evening.

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  • Published On Oct 21, 2013
  • Top Line: Brent Burns has razor date; Crosby vs. MacKinnon; more links

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    Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks has the best head of hair in the NHL

    Brent Burns’ Geico Caveman look is about to become a thing of the past. ( Rocky Widner/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • We’ll miss the Geico Caveman look, but since he’s doing it for charity, we guess we can get on board with the idea of Brent Burns shaving hockey’s best head of hair.

    • All of Nova Scotia — and probably the rest of the hockey world — will be watching tonight as the province’s two favorite sons, Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon, meet up for a Bluenoser’s delight in Pittsburgh.

    • The Capitals have decided to keep 19-year-old junior eligible forward Tom Wilson with the big club this season. Katie Carerra makes the case that it was the only call that Washington could make.

    • Buffalo president Ted Black said, apparently with a completely straight face, that firing GM Darcy Regier at this point would be “a panic move.” The hold coach Ron Rolston has on his job, however, might be more tenuous.

    • Great “this ‘n that” column this morning from Jim Matheson, who touches on a possible destination for Ryan Miller, a Florida/Edmonton trade thought, and a Canadian option to Shattuck-St. Mary’s.

    • A couple of guys who have been there offer advice to Calgary rookie Sean Monahan on how to make the transition to the NHL as a teenager.

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  • Published On Oct 21, 2013


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