Posts Tagged ‘Pekka Rinne’

Top Line: Would NHL skip Sochi?; Steven Stamkos scare; more links

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Bolshoi Ice Dome Olympic ice hockey arena in Sochi

The specter of terrorism hovers over Sochi and its Bolshoi Ice Dome hockey arena. (Ivan Sekretarev/AP)

By Allan Muir

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

• There’s already talk that the NHL will skip the 2018 Olympics in South Korea, but could it also take a pass on next month’s Games in Sochi? That possibility is in play as the league evaluates security concerns ahead of the highly anticipated tournament. As Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told SI.com last week, the league has the right to pull its players at any point.

• According to a new survey, seven percent of Canadians say they will skip work to watch Olympic hockey games. The other 93 percent are liars.

• Don Cherry can’t believe that this player was left off Team Canada’s roster.

• As the Lightning embark on a six-day tour of Canada, more eyes are on who isn’t dressing for the Bolts than who is. Steven Stamkos had Canadians pressing the panic button when he skipped practice on Monday, but he says his decision should not be read as a step back in any way. We’ll see …

• “It’s not like guys are trying to sabotage the Montreal Canadiens,” says Max Pacioretty in response to questions about coach Michel Therrien’s control of the team. “We all want to win.” But that desire has been in short supply over the course of the team’s four-game losing streak, leaving some doubt as to whether Pacioretty is being truthful … or merely diplomatic.

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  • Published On Jan 28, 2014
  • Pekka Rinne update: Don’t leave a light on for him in Nashville this season

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    Goaltender Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators

    Pekka Rinne’s return from hip surgery and an infection will take longer than the Predators hoped. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    On Thursday, the Nashville Predators reneged on a promise to update the condition of ailing goaltender Pekka Rinne, prompting speculation that whatever the latest tests revealed, it was anything but good.

    Turned out that it wasn’t too bad after all. Sort of.

    From the Preds:

    We are encouraged and pleased to report that Pekka is moving on to the next stage in his recovery and rehabilitation. He has been cleared to begin weight-bearing exercises under the supervision of Dr. Thomas Byrd. There is no timetable for this stage as that will be evaluated by Dr. Byrd and our medical team on a daily basis. Our primary objective is to insure Pekka’s full recovery and return to the ice by taking every possible precaution throughout the process. We will provide further updates when available.

    Good to hear that he appears to be making some progress. But at this point in Nashville’s season, “some progress” doesn’t sound too promising, either.

    Although the unnamed “we” in the release doesn’t specifically say as much, the message is pretty clear: Don’t leave a light on for Rinne. He’s gonna be out for a while.

    Which leads to the question: how much longer until they shut him down for the year?

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  • Published On Jan 10, 2014
  • Top Line: Varlamov charges dropped; Ovechkin scores No. 400; more links

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    (Karl Gehring/Denver Post via Getty Images)

    Varlamov was charged for allegedly attacking his girlfriend, Evgeniya Vivranyuk. (Karl Gehring/Denver Post via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • Prosecutors in Denver dropped assault charges against Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov on Friday, saying they believed the story of Evgeniya Vivranyuk, but didn’t believe they had enough evidence to secure a conviction.

    • Adrian Dater says Varlamov never seemed to let the charges affect him, but “it helps to know you’re innocent.” We should get some reaction from Varlamov himself later today.

    • It won’t go down as one of the prettiest or most dramatic goals of his career, but the empty netter that sealed Washington’s 4-2 win over Carolina was still a big one for Alex Ovechkin. That last-minute tally counted as his 400th in the NHL, a milestone just five players have reached faster. Amazing.

    • Brooks Orpik says mistakes he’s made in the past helped him forgive Shawn Thornton in the wake of being assaulted by the Boston enforcer.

    • Chris Johnston offers a couple of compelling takes on why the West is so much better than the East this season.

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  • Published On Dec 21, 2013
  • Video: Pavel Datsyuk sends five Predators scurrying for their jocks

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    For sheer entertainment value, there’s Pavel Datsyuk and there’s everyone else.

    The Red Wings’ ace was at it again Tuesday night in Nashville, authoring a breakneck end-to-end rush that left five professional hockey players looking like befuddled pee wees before blowing up Pekka Rinne with a slick, in-tight move.

    No need to get all wordy about this one. Just watch and enjoy.


  • Published On Feb 19, 2013


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