Posts Tagged ‘Ondrej Pavelec’

Top Line: Hurricanes to fire Kirk Muller?; Subban’s best; more links

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Kirk Muller, who became Carolina’s head coach in November 2011, may be on his way out soon. (Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

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

• Larry Brooks covers a lot of ground in this week’s Sunday column, including his disdain for fans who rip Martin Brodeur for sticking around too long, a familiar name who could replace Mike Gillis in Vancouver, and an inevitable coaching change in Carolina.

• Here’s one more reason to love P.K. Subban. Or, for some of you, one reason to love P.K. Subban.

• Kevin Allen bravely takes on the fool’s errand of predicting the wild card races in the wake of last night’s whiplash-inducing action.

• It’s a good thing the Leafs chose not to give fans the sweaters off their backs at their home finale. Otherwise this might have happened on a night when the crowd was more venomous than ever.

• Is Evander Kane on the outs with the Jets? After he was listed as a healthy scratch for last night’s game, there’s obviously a bridge that needs to be repaired…or burned to the ground.

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  • Published On Apr 06, 2014
  • Czechs wise to bench Jets’ Ondrej Pavelec for Olympic opener

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    Ondrej Pavelec took his benching in stride, saying, “Hopefully this works for us and we win.” (MCT/Getty)

    Some of the decisions made by Czech Republic coach Alois Hadamczik heading into the Sochi Olympics had been, well, tough to defend. Taking 42-year-old Petr Nedved over current NHL stars Radim Vrbata or Jiri Hudler, for instance. Or picking his underqualified son-in-law, Michal Barinka.

    Hadamczik’s latest decision is sure to be equally puzzling to some, but this time he’s making the right call.

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  • Published On Feb 11, 2014
  • NHL fan misery rankings: No. 10 Winnipeg Jets

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    The belief and patience of Jets fans is already being tested by the team’s resemblance to the old Thrashers. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Sometimes it’s just plain awful to be a fan.

    We’re not talking about the occasional emotional bump and bruise, the kind fans get from a devastating last-second loss or a disastrous season-ending injury — or even when they watch their favorite team bow out in the conference finals, one round shy of a shot at the Stanley Cup. We mean years of suffering at the hands of a club that almost seems to delight in tormenting those who freely give to it their hearts, minds, time and money.

    This is the first in our series on the 10 NHL franchises that take an ongoing toll on their fans, the teams that suggest that their devoted followers are either bottomless wells of hope or certified masochists — or perhaps just a touch crazy.  Let us start with the Jets, who were more than warmly welcomed by hockey starved Winnipeggers in 2011, but are now starting to make the natives restless with their relentless wheel-spinning.

    TEAM 9: Dallas Stars | 8: Columbus Blue Jackets | 7: Vancouver Canucks | 6: Florida Panthers
    5. Edmonton Oilers | 4. Washington Capitals | 3. Buffalo Sabres | 2. New York Islanders
    1. Toronto Maple Leafs

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  • Published On Jan 17, 2014
  • Must see video: Little girl loses it when Winnipeg’s Ondrej Pavelec doesn’t play

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    By Allan Muir

    You know how three-year-olds are. Take away their favorite blankie or stuffed animal or NHL goaltender and they completely go to pieces.

    That’s what happened when Winnipeg Jets fan Bianca Simon found out that backup Al Montoya was playing against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night instead of her hero, Ondrej Pavelec. And the rest is soon-to-be viral video history.

    “She just lost it like you wouldn’t believe,” her mother, Marilyn, told Global TV.

    “I want Pav to be in there,” Bianca cried.

    “Montoya is a good Jet too,” her old sister tells her, but Bianca wasn’t buying the lies. Smart kid. Montoya got lit up in a 4-1 loss to the Wild.

    Bianca eventually calms down and asks if they can go to the game and get a hot dog. After this video gets around, it’s a good bet that someone in the Winnipeg organization will see to it that they do.

    But they better be certain that Pavelec is starting that night.

  • Published On Sep 20, 2013