Posts Tagged ‘Miikka Kiprusoff’

Top Line: Patrice Bergeron still hurting; headshot definition change; more links

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Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins

It hurts to think about how badly injured Patrice Bergeron felt playing Game 6 of the Cup finals. (Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

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

• Bruins center Patrice Bergeron says he never thought twice about his decision to play Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals, even though he was in perhaps the worst medical condition of any player in postseason history. Three months later, he’s still struggling. Will his heroic effort cause him to miss the start of the 2013-14 season?

• He won’t be the only Boston player battling the effects of the club’s bruising playoff run. Center Gregory Campbell says he’s going to feel the pain of his broken leg for a while.

• It’s not considered an official rule change, but this season there will be altered wording to the controversial head shot definition that puts more onus on the hitter and whether the contact was “avoidable” according to Elliotte Friedman. We’ll have to see it in action, but it appears that it could reduce some of the maddening inconsistencies that dog Department of Player Safety suspension decisions.

• Larry Brooks says a two-year offer for something like $7 million might be enough to get Derek Stepan to sign on the dotted line. It’s an amount that would put New York under some financial duress, but the move has to be made before a team like the Islanders swoops in with an offer sheet for the center.

• Anyone caught by surprise when the Isles named John Tavares captain yesterday?

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  • Published On Sep 10, 2013
  • Miikka Kiprusoff (finally!) announces his retirement from NHL

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    Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff of the Calgary Flames has retired.

    Miikka Kiprusoff’s retirement marks the end of an era for the rebuilding Flames. (Gerry Thomas/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    And now from the “Wait a minute .  .. didn’t he already do this?” file: veteran netminder Miikka Kiprusoff made it official today by formally announcing his retirement after 12 seasons in the NHL.

    “I decided to retire at the end of last season,” Kipper said in a statement released by the Calgary Flames. “I appreciated Jay Feaster and the Flames organization permitting me to take the summer to be 100 percent sure. It’s an important decision for me personally, my family, the Flames organization and fans. Jay and I had conversations over the summer and nothing had changed for me and upon returning to Calgary last week, I once again spoke with Jay and confirmed with him that I would be retiring.”

    “I’ve been very lucky to have spent 10 years of my career in Calgary,” Kiprusoff said.

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  • Published On Sep 09, 2013
  • Top Line: Blackhawks, Bruins facing post-Cup challenges; more links

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    Bryan Bickell of the Chicago Blackhawks hoists the Stanley Cup

    Bryan Bickell will likely kiss the Blackhawks goodbye, but most of the team will remain. (Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • The difference between the 2010 and 2013 Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks? This time around, management will be able to keep the team mostly intact.

    • Well, except for Bryan Bickell.

    Here’s why the Blackhawks won the Cup. No surprise that it has something to do with Jonathan Toews.

    Staying the course helped, too.

    Rick Morrissey writes that the Blackhawks embody what Chicago is all about. Notice how no one ever writes stuff like this about a second-place team?

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  • Published On Jun 26, 2013
  • Top Line: Ryan Miller’s Patrick Roy moment, more links

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    Ryan Miller was pulled Friday night after some misadventures with the puck and four goals allowed. (Jerome Davis/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • We’ve seen this before, haven’t we? A proud goaltender, waving in mock appreciation as a home crowd serenades him with a Bronx cheer? Yeah, Ryan Miller seemed as tired of the First Niagara Center crowd as they were of him after a couple of brutal goals led to an 8-4 Rangers’ win that ended Buffalo’s playoff hopes. Very easy to see him demanding a trade after that display.

    • “Yes sir, just like clockwork, you can count on Brad Richards to record a hat trick once every 896 games.” That’s the great lead from Larry Brooks, writing about the veteran’s first career three-goal game in the rout of the Sabres.

    • Like everyone else in Boston, the Penguins experienced an unusual day on Friday.

    • It became apparent early on that as long as the manhunt for the bomber continued, the show could not go on in Boston. The postponement and rescheduling of Friday’s game means the Bruins play their final six games in a span of just nine days.

    • A struggling Milan Lucic could be benched for today’s rescheduled matinee against the Penguins. That should please Bruins fans who are tired of watching him float through games.

    • Mike Heika, who offers as entertaining a read as anybody out there these days, says the Stars were taught a valuable lesson in how to impose your will by the St. Louis Blues on Friday night. They probably would have preferred two points, but that lesson might pay greater dividends down the road.

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  • Published On Apr 20, 2013
  • Top Line: Boston begins to heal, Letang opposes outdoor games, more links

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    It was an emotional night in Boston as the Bruins played the Buffalo Sabres.

    No one who was at the Bruins’ game in Boston on Wednesday night will likely ever forget it. (Elise Amendola/AP)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • Of course the great Kevin Dupont managed to find the words to sum up Boston’s first steps back to normalcy, calling it “a night to remember, a hope to hold dear.”

    • Shira Springer talked to some of the fans before Boston’s 3-2 loss to the Sabres and found out why it was so important that they were there.

    • The Bruins bought a few postgame beers and spent some time with the city’s first responders as a way to say thanks from a grateful city.

    • Here’s the reaction from Buffalo.

    • “I think I’ve gotten enough of outdoor games,” said Kris Letang, voicing the first note of opposition from the players to the NHL’s expanded schedule of outdoor games. I’m sure there are more who think like him, but they’re probably smart enough not to take a swipe at contests that inflate the hockey-related revenue that drives up their paychecks.

    • The New Jersey Devils offered up their thoughts on taking part in next season’s outdoor action. Spoiler alert: they seem pretty enthused.

    • They are less enthused about their chances without Ilya Kovalchuk, who will miss his 11th straight game tonight. The Devils have scored just 16 times over the 10 games without him, crushing their playoff hopes. Wait…sounds like Kovy for MVP, right?

    • The Penguins’ web site posted a pregame story about Brenden Morrow finally finding his groove in Pittsburgh. He then went out and made that piece look awfully prescient with a two-goal performance to lead the Pens to a 6-4 win over the Habs.

    • The playoffs are a foregone conclusion in Montreal, but the road to readiness is proving a little steep. That’s three blowout losses in a row for the Habs. Do they really miss Alexei Emelin that much?

    • Not sure how a story can be written about Nazem Kadri’s April slump without mentioning that he hasn’t scored since Don Cherry kissed him on Hockey Night In Canada, but Mark Zwolinski thinks that a curse is the least of Kadri’s problems.

    • With their playoff lives on the line, the Rangers promised intensity before their last game against Philly…and then got their doors blown off. With no margin for error remaining, can they finally find that consistent effort down the stretch? It helps their cause that all six of their opponents currently sit outside the playoffs.

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  • Published On Apr 18, 2013
  • What is a goalie really worth on the NHL trade market?

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    Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres

    Ryan Miller of the Sabres could become only the second starting goaltender under contract to be traded since 2010.  (Jerome Davis/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    So you say your team has a goalie it might want to move before the trade deadline. Maybe he’s been an Olympian or an All-Star. Maybe he’s just a young buck with potential to be both.

    And since everyone knows that a good keeper can make or break a team, you’re wanting a fair return in any transaction. Fair as in, a first-rounder, a top prospect, a roster player, concession stand rights and maybe a little something off the top for the guys who are working hard down on the loading docks.

    Well, it rarely works out that way. In fact, most returns when a goaltender is moved are fairly underwhelming.

    Are Bruins inflating market for Malcom Subban?

    To set the stage for what could be a couple of interesting swaps over the next week, we collected every trade involving a netminder during the past four years. There are no 1:1 comparisons to this year’s market — unless Ben Bishop moves again, obviously — but there are a couple of transactions that give you an idea of what to expect when you expect your goalie to be dealt.

    Keep in mind that a player’s contract situation is likely the single most important factor in any trade discussion.

    Note that this list only includes deals in which a goaltender was a major component so, for example, the 2012 trade that saw Calgary get Karri Ramo as a throw-in along with Mike Cammalleri isn’t included (although Ramo now figures prominently into the team’s future plans).

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  • Published On Mar 27, 2013
  • NHL 2013 trade rumor tracker

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    Ryane Clowe of the San Jose Sharks

    Sharks winger Ryane Clowe is a person of interest to several teams, but has a steep price tag. (Alex Gallardo/AP)

    The latest trade news and rumors. Check back for daily updates. And on deadline day itself, track all the latest updates with our live blog.

    By Allan Muir

    April 2

    Davis Drewiske: Darren Dreger of TSN reports that the Canadiens have acquired the young defender from the Kings for a 2013 fifth-round pick. Solid depth move for Montreal.

    Toronto Maple Leafs: Chris Johnston of Sportsnet says the Leafs are still in hot pursuit of Miikka Kiprusoff and also are in the market for a defender.

    Boston Bruins: An NHL source told that Peter Chiarelli is still in shopping mode. “He’s looking for a defenseman for sure, possibly another bottom-six forward.”

    Ryane Clowe: With Jaromir Jagr going to Boston, it’s thought the Bruins are out of the running for Clowe. Several sources put the Rangers as the favorites to acquire the scoreless winger from San Jose.

    Nate Schmidt: Not a trade, but multiple sources reporting the Caps have signed the offensive-minded defender that most ranked as the second-best of this season’s NCAA free agent class.

    Jaromir Jagr: Mike Heika reports a done deal. Jagr to Boston for two prospects and a pick. Details to come.

    Derek Roy: Multiple sources have the Stars dealing the veteran center to Vancouver for a second rounder and a prospect. More to come.

    Jaromir Jagr: Renaud Lavoie of RDS reports the Stars have told Jagr he will be dealt today. Frontrunners appear to be Boston and Montreal.

    Marc-Andre Bergeron: Renaud Lavoie of RDS says defender Marc-Andre Bergeron is not on the ice at morning skate and should be traded today. Bergeron is useful as a power-play specialist, but not much else. UPDATE: Bergeron has been dealt to Carolina for the previously waived Adam Hall and a seventh-round pick.

    Miikka Kiprusoff: Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun reports the Leafs have been given permission by the Flames to speak with Kipper in an effort to convince him to come to Toronto.

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  • Published On Mar 18, 2013
  • Trade for goon proves Flames GM Feaster is living in the past

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    The Flames traded for Brian McGrattan when they could have had him for free.

    One dimensional enforcer Brian McGrattan is a relic who won’t fix the flickering Flames. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    At some point, hopefully soon, a good friend of Jay Feaster will pull him aside, show him a calendar and make sure that Calgary’s GM has a firm grasp on the year in which he’s living and working.

    Feaster’s dogged determination to wear Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff down to the wire for a team that has no real chance at the playoffs is enough to make you wonder.

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  • Published On Feb 28, 2013
  • Calgary Flames face life without Kipper

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    Goaltender Miikka Kirprusoff's injury is an opportunity for the Calgary Flames

    Miikka Kiprusoff’s injury and prolonged absence could be a golden opportunity for the Flames. (Steven King/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    Tuesday night’s 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings may have been the high point of the season for the struggling Calgary Flames. But the victory was soured when veteran netminder Miikka Kiprusoff was forced to leave early after suffering a lower body injury.

    After the game, coach Bob Hartley was unsure of the extent of the injury, saying Kiprusoff would be evaluated today.

    So maybe it’s nothing major. A little tweak, maybe a day or two on the sidelines and the Flames’ all-time wins leader is back between the pipes.

    But what if it’s something serious, something that keeps Kiprusoff out for weeks or months? Would that really be the worst possible outcome for a team that’s relied on him to start 90 percent of its games over the last seven years?

    Not at all. In fact, it might be the best thing that could happen to the franchise.

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  • Published On Feb 06, 2013