Posts Tagged ‘Rick DiPietro’

Top Line: Don Cherry defends John Scott; Duchene rips Sacco; more links

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Colorado locked up Matt Duchene and secured another key part of its long-term future. [Michael Martin/Getty Images]

Matt Duchene and the Avalanche have made a strong start to the season. [Michael Martin/Getty Images]

By Allan Muir

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

• Aw, Grapes, say it ain’t so. Don Cherry used his bully pulpit on Hockey Night In Canada to sympathize with suspended enforcer John Scott. Not often you catch him this far off base. You can see the whole video here.

• Meanwhile over on “Hotstove Tonight,” the boys talk about the possibility of holding coaches and general managers liable for the misdeeds of the miscreants they employ.

• Matt Duchene explains the secrets to this season’s success, talks his new diet and rips ex-coach Joe Sacco. This is a great read from sleep-deprived scribe Adrian Dater.

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  • Published On Oct 27, 2013
  • Top Line: New gig for Rick DiPietro?; new ugly Olympic jersey?; more links

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    Former New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro

    You may not have seen the last of star-crossed goaltender Rick DiPietro in the NHL. (Kathy Kmonicek/AP)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • Knee surgery for Scott Clemmensen means a goaltending job is opening up in Florida, at least temporarily. Could the call go out to Rick DiPietro?

    • If you were mortified by the red Team Canada Olympic jersey that leaked last week, you might want to sit down before taking a look at this rumored black third.

    • Citing a “family matter,” Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos fired his son, Jason from his 15-year gig as the team’s assistant GM. I mean, Big Tom Callahan didn’t fire Tommy Boy, so you know this story is going to get interesting. Grab some popcorn and pull up a chair, kids.

    • Wanna watch some hockey today? The Flyers-Capitals rookie game will be streamed online here at 3 p.m. EDT.

    • A trio of old guys will be the centerpiece of the new-look Flyers.

    • I don’t want to lose sight of what a nice story this is about a group of kids learning a more important lesson while playing hockey, but what’s up with Scott Hartnell wearing a bun?

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  • Published On Sep 09, 2013
  • Top Line: The return of Tim Thomas; the Rick DiPietro era comes to an end; more links

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    The Islanders have ended one of the sport's longest and strangest relationships by buying out Rick DiPietro's contract. (Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

    The Islanders have ended one of the sport’s longest and strangest relationships by buying out Rick DiPietro’s contract. (Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • Is there a team out there so desperate for help between the pipes that they’d be willing to hire a rusty 39-year-old goalie with a teensy bit of baggage? If so, Tim Thomas might be the guy for you.

    • Come, you know we’re all looking at you, right Paul Holmgren?

    • What took so long? The Islanders are finally buying out the albatross contract of Rick DiPietro. So, what do you think? Any other organization out there willing to give him a second chance?

    • Progress was made in Monday’s multi-party Olympic talks, but there’s still no agreement in place for Sochi.

    • Boston GM Peter Chiarelli just ripped Tyler Seguin in the Boston Globe. There are two ways the kid can react to this…and considering how much the B’s have invested in him, he better choose the right way.

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  • Published On Jul 02, 2013
  • Remembering the moments that defined the 2013 NHL season

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    Nail Yakupov channeled Theo Fleury in his tying goal against the Kings back in January. (Andy Devlin/Getty Images)

    Nail Yakupov channeled Theo Fleury in his tying goal against the Kings back in January. (Andy Devlin/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    I always have the best intentions at the beginning of each season to make a running tab of the moments most worth remembering. And, much like my determination to get back into game shape, it hasn’t happened yet.

    Still, it wasn’t too hard to come up with a list now that we’re at season’s end. The games offered enough highlights–and lowlights–to fill a full-length schedule. Here are my favorites:

    The Yakupov Slide: With the goalie pulled and Edmonton trailing Los Angeles by one back in January, Nail Yakupov crafted the signature moment of his rookie season: batting a Taylor Hall rebound out of midair and putting it behind Kings goalie Jonathan Quick with just 4.7 seconds left on the clock. He took a lot of grief for his spontaneous Theo Fleury impression, but it was a beautiful tally at a key moment. That’s exactly the kind of goal that calls for an over-the-top celly (yep, celly). You want to follow a sport that’s had all the life sucked out of it? Watch the NFL.

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  • Published On Apr 26, 2013
  • Top Line: Chicago’s lucky 21, DiPietro’s disastrous AHL debut, more links

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    Brent Seabrook's overtime goal extended the Blackhawks' streak

    Brent Seabrook was pumped after scoring in OT to extend the Blackhawks’ point streak. (Photo by Nam Y. Huh/AP)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • The Blackhawks looked tired on Friday night, but still found a way to extend their record-setting streak to 21 games with an overtime win over Columbus. The most amazing thing about this stretch? All three games they’ve lost to this point have been in the shootout.

    • Life isn’t getting any easier for Rick DiPietro. The Islanders’ cast-off allowed five goals on 12 shots and was pulled after 20 minutes in his debut for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL.

    • Eric Francis wonders if Jay Feaster should be allowed to continue as Calgary’s GM in the wake of the Ryan O’Reilly waivers imbroglio.

    • Ya say ya like podcasts? Our own Adrian Dater and CBC’s Jeff Marek whipped one up to break down the Ryan O’Reilly saga.

    • The clip of Sidney Crosby scoring the 2010 Golden Goal has never been shown on an NHL video player of any kind. If the IOC and IIHF want NHL players in Sochi, they’ll have to provide the NHL video rights to moments like this.

    • The Canucks look like a million bucks in their new sweaters but the only mirror they should be looking in is the rear-view kind because here come the hard-charging Los Angeles Kings.

    • Our own Stu Hackel opens up the mail bag to answer reader questions at the New York Times.

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  • Published On Mar 02, 2013
  • Top Line: O’Reilly offer sheet reaction, DiPietro’s suicide talk, more links

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    Ryan O'Reilly will return to the Colorado Avalanche

    Ryan O’Reilly’s return to Colorado left some questioning the sanity of the Calgary Flames. (Russell Lansford/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • Here’s a sampling of reactions to the Ryan O’Reilly offer sheet drama from Calgary, Denver, the national media and yours truly.

    • Here’s a radio interview with O’Reilly conducted right after Colorado matched.

    • “Obviously, [suicide] is not something you should joke about.” Rick DiPietro qualifies the remarks that stunned the hockey world early Thursday. Here’s another take.

    • Watch DiPietro’s comments for yourself. Does he sound like he’s being facetious when he talks about driving his car off a bridge? Not so much…

    • Chicago’s season-opening point streak hit 20 games with a 3-0 win over the Blues, but the Hawks lost starter Corey Crawford to an upper-body injury. A bigger concern: they continue to take a rash of third-period penalties. It’s going to catch up to them.

    • Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Patrick Kane reflect on the third anniversary of the epic 2010 Olympic gold medal game.

    • The return of Rick Nash helped the Rangers snap a four-game losing streak. Good to see Brad Richards with a jump in his step. He looked hopeless out there during Nash’s convalescence.

    • This is what Evgeni Malkin can do when he’s hurt. Oh yeah, I could totally do that, too.

    • Viral videos are turning top prospect Jonathan Drouin into a social media legend.

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  • Published On Mar 01, 2013
  • Top Line: Kings back in Cup form, Nash to play for Rangers, more links

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    Jonathan Bernier and Anze Kopitar

    With Jonathan Bernier in net, the smiles are returning to the defending champions’ faces. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • Don’t look now, but the Kings have won five straight and seven of eight despite an uneven effort against the Red Wings on Wednesday night. Jonathan Bernier has his own four-game winning streak going. The backup has allowed just one goal in each of those victories.

    • There is a God. The Canucks announced that Japandroids’ The House That Heaven Built won a fan survey to become the team’s new entrance song, beating out some crappy song by Nickelback. Sorry not to narrow that one down for you.

    • Count Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau among the supporters of the realignment plan that moves Detroit to the Eastern Conference. Boudreau also hopes that Detroit takes the Blackhawks and the Kings with them.

    • The Florida Panthers are concerned that realignment will add to their heavy travel load. The Panthers have ranked second in total miles each of the last two seasons.

    • Rick Nash and Ryan McDonagh should be good to go for the Rangers tonight against the Lightning. McDonagh also offers up some hot sports opinions about Max Pacioretty and the hit that laid him out.

    • Rick DiPietro plans to make the most of his time with the AHL Bridgeport Sound Tigers. But News 12 Long Island has a darker take.

    • All is right in the hockey world when the Montreal/Toronto rivalry matters again.

    • It might be wise for opposing players to avoid the temptation to plaster 5′-8″ rookie Brendan Gallagher every chance they get. The Leafs learned last night it brings out the best in him.

    • How amazing is Chicago’s 16-0-3 start? Not bad, but even with a win tonight against the Blues it wouldn’t rate among the 10 best 20-game stretches in NHL history.

    • I’m not sure why a Penguins fan would want a comprehensive list of every hat trick scored against them, but the Post-Gazette put it together anyway. Hmmm…four teams have never notched a hatty against the Pens…

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  • Published On Feb 28, 2013
  • Top Line: Evgeni Malkin’s injury, Blackhawks smash record, more links

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    Evgeni Malkin skates gingerly after absorbing a huge hit from Florida's Erik Gudbranson. [Justin K. Aller/Getty Images]

    Evgeni Malkin skates gingerly after absorbing a huge hit from Florida’s Erik Gudbranson. [Justin K. Aller/Getty Images]

    [/caption]By Allan Muir

    A super-sized weekend edition guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Pittsburgh’s 3-1 win over Florida may prove costly. There’s no update yet on Evgeni Malkin’s condition after the superstar was ridden hard into the boards by Erik Gudbranson. Bad result from a clean hit.

    • The puck continues to bounce right for the Chicago Blackhawks, whose win over San Jose made for a record-setting 17th game with a point from the start of the season. The Sharks found themselves on the wrong side of history.

    • Buffalo Sabres GM offers up some distressing opinions about the state of modern hockey equipment.

    • Gabriel Landeskog returns to action today for the Colorado Avalanche. Wait… don’t call him Gabriel!

    • Damien Cox thinks that reviving the World Cup of Hockey is a terrible idea. He could not be more wrong. He could try, but he would fail.

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  • Published On Feb 23, 2013
  • Sad end to Rick DiPietro’s NHL career

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    Rick DiPietro, the first goaltender ever taken No. 1 overall, with Dany Heatley (2) and Marian Gaborik (3) on NHL Draft Day 2000. (Jeff McIntosh/AP)

    Rick DiPietro, first goalie ever taken No. 1 overall, with Dany Heatley (2) and Marian Gaborik (3) on NHL Draft Day 2000. (Jeff McIntosh/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    The first time I met Rick DiPietro was at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft in Sunrise, Fla. It was a year after he’d been selected first overall and the Islanders rookie was in town doing press for the league. Smart move. The kid was a natural in front of the camera, handsome, charming, quick-witted. Exactly the image the NHL wanted to present. He was having so much fun with our piece that we gave him the mic and turned him loose to interview a few of the top prospects for us. Comedy gold ensued.

    DiPietro that day lived up to his well-established reputation for being cocky, but in an amiable enough sort of way. It was an aggressive strain of confidence that suggested he’d lived a life where things had pretty much always gone his way and he knew they pretty much always would.

    It didn’t quite work out that way, of course. There were glorious moments for DiPietro during his 12-year-career–the starting role at the 2006 Olympics, the record 56-save game in 2007–but mostly there was struggle. Struggle to validate his draft position. Struggle to stay healthy. Struggle to live up to the most bloated contract in NHL history: 15 years, $67.5 million, signed in 2006 after a 30-win season.

    GALLERY: The painful saga of Rick DiPietro

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  • Published On Feb 22, 2013


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