Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, a soon-to-be free agent who was probably the team's most valuable player the last two seasons, says he'd rather go back to Russia than play in Winnipeg.
"You don't want to go to Winnipeg, right?" Bryzgalov said after the Coyotes lost to Detroit, Wednesday night. "Not many people live there, not many Russian people there. Plus it's cold. There's no excitement except the hockey. No park, no entertaining for the families, for the kids. It's going to be tough life for your family."
Brett Bulmer: Don't throw the baby out with the bath water. The old saying holds true for Bulmer, who came back from Minnesota Wild training camp with fractures in his game. He was playing tentative and his work ethic was not where it needed to be. Over the last four games though, we have seen the Bulmer of old. Observers were frustrated by his slow start, but when he is on his game, the 18 year-old is one of the best players in his age group. If he plays with an edge, he's deadly.
We are fortunate to have the job we have. It’s an awesome position to be in to be able to support something you believe in like this, which is huge for all males to worry about, and a good cause. Spread the wealth, as the saying goes. My buddy brought this up last year, and we’re trying to get people interested.
-AJ Pierzynski taking part in Movember
26. Minnesota Wild
Strengths: As a result of picking defensemen and two-way forwards with their top picks in recent years, skilled Finnish forward Mikael Granlund is the first top offensive prospect to join the organization since the early 2000s. Outside of Granlund, newly-signed Casey Wellman and two-way forwards Colton Gillies and Cody Almond have shown NHL potential. Marco Scandella and Tyler Cuma are both talented blueliners that should be joining the Wild sooner rather than later. Weaknesses: Outside of Granlund, the forward prospect pool is lacking in offensive ability. The blue line group is lackluster, devoid of depth and top-end talent. The team is in dire need of prospects on the right wing. There is no bona fide goaltending starter in the system, nor much depth. Top 5 Prospects: 1. Mikael Granlund, C, 2. Marco Scandella, D, 3. Tyler Cuma, D, 4. Colton Gillies, LW, 5. Matt Hackett, G.
Way to be a professional
According to the brother of the unnamed individual involved in Rypiengate, that's all that was said which clearly set off the Vancouver "tough-guy"
More to come as Russo indicated they interviewed the young man also.
"Fan safety is of the utmost importance when attending an event at Xcel Energy Center. We believe our security team acted swiftly and appropriately during last night's Wild-Vancouver game."
This covers both the relocation of the fans as well as the concern over the lack of a glass partition between the stands and the tunnel to the locker rooms
It's likely that Koivu will actually even outperform his contract over the next few years - if you're going to drop $50M on a player, it had better be one this good.
"His arms were up. He hit me in the head, which I thought the NHL was now looking for. I had a chance to hit him. I thought the puck would get there and I’d hit him when the puck arrived, but the puck kind of stopped halfway there, and he didn’t have the puck.
"At the same time it’s a situation and it’s the game, and I wish we played them again.
"I got hit in the head with his arms up. I don’t think he was going for a clean hit. In my opinion it was a late hit, his hands were up. In my opinion it was a late (hit), a (dirty) hit and that’s why I paid him back."