Archive | October 2013

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Returning to Form: Adam Henrique’s Budding Rise from Sophomore Slump

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Adam Henrique used to be someone I would look forward to seeing on New Jersey’s PK unit. He’s a young, able dude and rolling with a shorthanded crew like Zach Parise, Ilya Kovalchuk and Patrik Elias in 2011-12 did wonders for his game. That Devils’ PK was insanely good, setting an NHL record 89.5% success rate; they blew teams out of the water when you tried comparing the numbers. New Jersey had 15 shorthanded goals that season, 28 shorthanded points spread throughout their roster. Seven of those points, including a league leading four goals, were Adam Henrique’s.

With the departure of two of the three supporting teammates listed before, the NJD penalty killing unit that scored about a third of the amount of the team’s power play goals for understandably fell apart.

Why am I bringing this up? Well, again it may be something minor that I wrap my mind…

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Martin Brodeur picks who should be Canada’s Olympic goalies

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If it’s up to him, Martin Brodeur won’t be on the Canadian Olympic Team.

Brodeur, the NHL’s all-time wins leader and a two-time Olympic champion, told TSN 1050 that Canada’s goalies at the Sochi Olympics should be the Vancouver Canucks’ Roberto Luongo, the Phoenix Coyotes’ Mike Smith and the Montreal Canadiens’ Carey Price.

“I think it’s Luongo’s job to lose,” Brodeur said. “He’s had a decent season so far, and I think he should be the one who has a chance to start the tournament.”

It was Brodeur who lost his job to Luongo after three games at the 2010 Olympics. Luongo backstopped Canada to a gold medal, but he has been up and down (mostly down) since, opening the door for several other options.

Canada is loaded with skaters in its bid to become the first nation to win back-to-back Olympic titles since the Soviet era. But…

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Varlamov’s father: ‘No crime was committed’

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Semyon Varlamov’s arrest for domestic assault and kidnapping on Wednesday night shocked the hockey world, but his father maintains his son is innocent.

Alexander Varlamov tells rsport in Russia (via The Denver Post) that it’s the media that’s blowing things up over his son’s arrest and that nothing happened.

“There will be a hearing, and only afterwards will we be able to give some kind of comment,” Alexander Varlamov said. “I can only say one thing with complete responsibility: No crime has been committed whatsoever,” he added.

That remains to be seen as Varlamov still has to go through the legal process.  At this time, he’s being held in a Denver jail where he’s awaiting being brought before a judge at 10 a.m. local time (noon ET).

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Avs’ Varlamov jailed on domestic violence charges

This is crazy….

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Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov has been arrested on accusations of domestic violence.

The Denver Post and the Denver Police Department report Varlamov, 25, already turned himself in to authorities this evening and is currently in Denver County jail on allegations of second-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault.

The Denver Police Department also announced a press conference will happen later tonight. PHT will provide more details as they become available.

Update at 11:47 p.m. ET: The Denver Police Department tweeted Varlamov’s mug shot late on Wednesday:

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Update: the Avalanche released a statement regarding the matter (via the Denver Post):

“The Colorado Avalanche organization is aware of the allegations concerning Semyon Varlamov. At this time, and until the conclusion of this investigation, the Avalanche organization will have…

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Photos: NHL players treat us with Halloween costumes

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Halloween is just a day away, and with the NHL schedule generally lighter on Wednesdays than Thursdays, it shouldn’t be surprising that hockey players are rolling out many of their costumes tonight. And they are … elaborate.

This isn’t a comprehensive collection by any means. Instead, it’s just a few highlights from recent days. PHT might throw a few more up on the actual tooth-rotting holiday, depending upon the treats that surface tomorrow.

First, let’s start with arguably the highlight of them all, as Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michael Kostka revealed his eerie resemblance Chris Hemsworth/Thor:

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(CSNChicago.com points out that the Penguin in that photo is Brad Mills. Sidney Crosby = not impressed.)

CSNChicago also shared Niklas Hjalmarsson’s … decorative take on the Mad Hatter:

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This past weekend, Brandon Dubinsky shared his costume, which is some kind of zombie-monster:

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There’s a Saku Koivu joke in there somewhere, perhaps.

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Travis Zajac on its way

Well today is another great find. Got my Travis Zajac puck on its way to my house today.

Still very much an underated player in the league. One of the few who seem to be with the team for a while to come.

Brodeur: Luongo, Price and Smith should be Team Canada goalies

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One of the greatest netminders ever has his choices for who should represent Team Canada in goal at the Winter Olympics.

Martin Brodeur, the Devils’ legend that’s won two Olympic golds, told TSN 1050 that Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo, Montreal’s Carey Price and Phoenix’s Mike Smith should be the three Canadian netminders for the ’14 Sochi games.

“I think it’s Luongo’s job to lose,” Brodeur explained. “He’s had a decent season so far and I think he should be the one who has a chance to start the tournament.”

Brodeur then alluded to the fact that heading into the Olympics as a starter doesn’t mean much. He speaks from experience — in 2010, Brodeur went into the Vancouver games as Canada’s No. 1, only to be usurped by Luongo, who went on to backstop his country to the gold medal.

As for the other goalies?

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Zack Parise, John Madden, Sergei Brylin & Valeri Zelepukin

Well we all know about Parise, as he’s still playing in the league…..Unfortunately not for the Devils, but the Wild.

Madden was regarded during his career as one of the league’s best defensive forwards; he was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy in 2001, and finished second in voting 2003, 2004 and 2008. His penalty-killing skills often generated breakaway chances while his team was shorthanded. Madden led the NHL and set a New Jersey Devils’ team record — and tied the NHL rookie record (G. Minor, Van., ’80-81) — by scoring six shorthanded goals during the 1999–2000 season. After playing 14 seasons, he retired on September 4, 2012.

Brylin has won three Stanley Cup championships with the Devils in 1995, 2000, and 2003. Brylin is one of five Devils who have played for all three of their championship teams, the only others being Martin Brodeur, Scott Niedermayer, Scott Stevens, and KenDaneyko.

Zelepukin’s most important and famous goal, was when he tied the game with 7.7 seconds remaining in game 7 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Rangers while playing for New Jersey. He won the Stanley Cup in 1995 with the New Jersey Devils. Ohh the memories.