With Monday behind us, you know that means only one thing … it’s Bertuzzday! OK, it actually means plenty of other things too, but Bertuzzday celebrations are the most important. Right?
Anyway, before we get to the exciting nominees, let’s take a look at who ended up winning Bertuzzday IV. Unlike part III, this race wasn’t particularly close (although one must wonder if Carcillo and the alarm clock trio Perot’d each other). Take a look at Jim “The Hulk” Playfair’s stick-breaking victory.
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It’s certainly a relief that the Kings didn’t win this week, even if they did temporarily deserve a little ribbing for assuming that they were in the playoffs before clinching a berth. Either way, I’m confident in saying that Playfair’s stunt will last the test of time while the others – even Patrick Eaves’ humorous shootout blunder – will fade into the ether. Check out the other Bertuzzday winners at your leisure. (Oh, and stay tuned because Joe Yerdon will handle Bertuzzday V nominee duties. My baby’s growing up!)
- Matt Cooke
- Alex Ovechkin
- Rocky Wirtz
Didn’t take long for Alex Burmistrov to make his presence felt — though not in a good way.
Burmistrov, playing in his first game for the Jets after a two-year stint in Russia, delivered a questionable elbow to the head of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron late in the first period of Thursday’s season-opener:
Burmistrov received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head, while Bergeron received a matching minor for roughing (retaliating for the elbow, specifically).
The Bruins went into the intermission leading 1-0, and have yet to update Bergeron’s status.
For the second time in his career, Ryan Kesler is wearing an “A.”
On Thursday, the Anaheim Ducks announced that Kesler would serve as one of the club’s alternate captains this season, taking over for Francois Beauchemin, who signed in Colorado this summer.
With the move, Kesler joins Anaheim’s existing leadership group of captain Ryan Getzlaf, and alternate Corey Perry.
“It’s an honor,” Kesler said, per the Ducks. “It’s special. I’m going to wear it with pride and lead by example.”
As mentioned earlier, Kesler has some experience as an alternate — he wore an “A” in Vancouver from 2008-13, but had it removed prior to the start of the ’13-14 campaign.
It’s not surprising Anaheim went in this direction. GM Bob Murray made a huge investment in Kesler this summer by inking the 31-year-old to a six-year, $41.25M extension.