Dangerously close to missing Monday all together, but hopefully, these absolute gems of hockey news will make up for my tardiness! And to top it all off, you’ll be treated to another video clip that hails all the way from everyone’s favorite league in mother Russia, the KHL.
Here in Milwaukee… (via Milwaukee Admirals Examiner)
Meet Milwaukee’s newest Admiral, Kevin Henderson (Feb. 10th)
The Admirals welcomed a new name to the roster on February 10th in Cincinnati Cyclones loan Kevin Henderson. The former UNB standout and Toronto, Ontario native signed a PTO with Milwaukee on Friday, and appeared in his first game of the season against Charlotte.
This week in Nashville…
Predators’ Fisher returns to Ottawa one year after trade (Ottawa Citizen)
Nice article by Ken Warren about Predators forward Mike Fisher and his return to Ottawa a year after he was traded by the team for a 1st round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Although Nashville is the perfect fit for the 31-year old Peterborough, Ontario native, he was drafted by the Sens in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft and went on to play 10 seasons with the club. Certainly must be a mix of emotions returning to an arena filled with you fans although you don’t wear black and red….
Nashville Predators Trade Targets: Jeff Carter (ontheforecheck.com)
Jeff Carter isn’t having the greatest season of his career, but then again, things aren’t exactly going swimmingly over in Columbus. Sam Page makes an uber-convincing argument as to why 27-year old forward would make a good fit in Nashville.
Around the rest of the world of hockey…
There is nothing small about Haydar’s accomplishments (cbc.ca Hockey Night in Canada)
Standing at 5’3 (on a good day), I really have no room to talk on the matter of height…but I did laugh at Tim Whamsby’s Darren Haydar height pun in his article originally written for the Hockey Night in Canada site. Yes, the date on this article is Feb 5th, but it didn’t appear on the AHL site until sometime this past week so I was able to include it in this edition of Round Up. Although Haydar plays for the rival Chicago Wolves now and has for quite some time, I still have a lot of respect for him and was glad to see such a nice article written about him. He’s a class act and stand up guy, and I was certainly sad to see him leave the Admirals after four seasons (even though I can see why he did).
New Catholic church ad: Let’s pray Habs make the playoffs (The Globe and Mail)
It’s going to take a lot more than a miracle to get the 23rd-ranked Canadiens into the post-season, but the archdiocese of Montreal wants fans to pray anyways. The church ran an ad in the Montreal newspapers Thursday, which simply stated ‘Prions’ which translates to ‘Let Us Pray’ in a list of the Eastern Conference standings. Perhaps they should start small and ask for divine intervention on that incredibly sad last-place power-play stat they have their name beside. On a side note, as a graphic designer by trade, I tip my cap to the archdiocese for such a clean creative ad (am I right, Ryan Muraro?)
Canadiens’ Gomez ends year long goal drought (sportsnet.ca)
It only took a year and three days, but Montreal forward Scott Gomez finally found the back of the net in the Canadiens 4-2 win over the New York Islanders. Gomez hadn’t scored a goal since February 5th, 2011…
Seriously. Am I going to get an update on this guy every time he sneezes or gets a hang nail? Unless they are announcing a definite date for his return or that he made a miraculous recovery, this lifelong Pens fan doesn’t want to hear about it.
Goofy KHL goal celebration alert: Andrey Stepanov scores, slides and poses (Video) (Puck Daddy)
And without further ado, Andrei Stepanov of the KHL Amur Khabarovsk celebrates his recent goal on Metallurg: