Tomas Kaberle's father figures he'll be traded this year, sparks Internet firestorm over plagiarism

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for tomaskaberle1.jpgIf you haven’t had enough of Tomas Kaberle this summer, buckle up because the Kaberle soap opera has found a new way to get interesting. Czech website hokej.cz scored an interview with Tomas Kaberle’s father Frantisek to find out his thoughts about how things have been handled with his son in Toronto. To say the least he isn’t too pleased with the Leafs and thinks that Tomas will be traded this year. We were able to find this information out because the guys at Pension Plan Puppets were able to get someone to translate the story from Czech to English for them.

The possibility of moving Tomas Kaberle from Toronto has already been discussed for many years now and it was generally expected to happen just after the end of last year. “I have to admit that I expected it a bit too. I really don’t understand Tomas staying on in Toronto,” said Frantisek Kaberle senior, shaking his head. The native of Rakovnik, the Czech Republic, last year racked up a total of forty-nine points, and was one of the most valued defenders on the team.

Yet, Frantisek Kaberle senior does not fully embrace his son remaining on the Canadian team. “I can’t imagine how it will be to get along with Ron Wilson, who relies primarily on aggression and stress. And that’s not Tomas, he is a technical type of defender,” he said. Despite the fact of earning an excellent reputation over the course of eleven seasons in the NHL, he can get less ice-time in the following year.

It’s fascinating stuff to get this information, especially from sources we really don’t get too exposed to here in North America because, well, most of us can’t speak or read Czech (or other languages for that matter). What’s turned this story on its ear today, however, is that Dave Fuller of the Toronto Sun has a story today on their site discussing this same issue from Frantisek Kaberle.

There’s one problem between what Pension Plan Puppets have in their straight translation of the story and what Fuller’s piece in the Toronto Sun has. They each have the same, exact translation of Kaberle’s words. We’ve got ourselves some controversy. Even crazier still, Pension Plan Puppets had this covered two days ago. Meanwhile the Sun is running with it today. Making matters more difficult here is that now larger websites and hockey resources are using the Toronto Sun and their apparently plagiarized from Pension Plan Puppets quotes to go forth and run with the story. Such is the case with The Hockey News and Canada’s Sportsnet.

What’s at stake here is accountability and sourcing. Pension Plan Puppets sourced where they got the story from and found someone of their own to translate it for them. Meanwhile, Dave Fuller and The Toronto Sun lifted the translate quotes from their site and offered no citation for it. While the Sun’s editors have tried to explain it away saying the used Google translation to get the quotes, some have gone so far as to compare all three sets of quotes. Game, set, and match.

As the war between mainstream and traditional journalists with their blogging counterparts rages on, mainstream media’s move to the Internet to keep up with the times is finding out that life is a lot tougher when there are people that spend more time focusing on one section of sports.

While many journalists are reticent to let bloggers into their “professional” club, turning into the sort of worker that they’ve always claimed Internet denizens to be like is an ironic twist of fate they should do their best to avoid if they want to remain relevant. Just like in college when I had to write a research paper, citing your sources keeps you out of trouble. I never thought anything I learned in freshman year composition class would ever be so useful in the real world. Perhaps Dave Fuller and the staff at the Toronto Sun skipped out on those classes.

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    Gibson (lower-body injury) will play again this regular season, says Carlyle

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    The Anaheim Ducks have been without goalie John Gibson for almost two full weeks because of injury, but head coach Randy Carlyle provided reason for optimism on Thursday.

    Per reports, Gibson took part in practice and Carlyle has said that his No. 1 netminder will play again during the regular season. Anaheim has nine games remaining on its schedule.

    That’s good news for Anaheim heading into the post-season.

    While Gibson has been out, Jonathan Bernier has stepped beyond his back-up role and provided solid goaltending for the Ducks during the stretch drive — which should also be a bonus for this club with the playoffs quickly approaching.

    Bernier has wins in six of his last seven starts. In nine games this month, he has only twice allowed three goals or more.

    The Ducks have fought their way back into contention for the Pacific Division with a recent surge that has coincided with San Jose’s current skid — only four wins in their last 10 games and four straight losses.

    Related: Career back on track, Bernier hopes he can re-sign in Anaheim

    Report: IIHF needs NHL’s Olympic decision by end of April

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    The Winter Olympics are less than a year away and time is ticking on the NHL to make a decision — one way or another.

    From TSN.ca:

    International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel tells The Associated Press he needs to know by the end of April whether NHL players will be cleared to play in the South Korea Olympics next year.

    NHL team owners have made it clear they don’t want to stop their season again for the Winter Games and put their stars at risk of injury. The reluctance has come up before and yet the NHL has participated in the Olympics since 1998. This time, however, there seems to be an impasse.

    For those hoping NHL players will compete in South Korea next year, the situation right now appears bleak, given the recent comments of commissioner Gary Bettman, who told Reuters that “…people should assume we are not going.”

    Bettman has also argued the compressed schedule that accompanies the league’s participation in the Olympics is bad for the NHL.

    Read more: Fehr: Players won’t negotiate with NHL over Olympics

    Meanwhile, a number of players — Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Jakub Voracek and rising star Connor McDavid among them — have publicly lobbied for the opportunity to once again compete in the Olympics, adding that having the world’s best players there is a benefit to growing the game.

    (In McDavid’s case, he has never played in the Olympics, but given his stature as arguably the league’s best player right now in only his second season, he’d be a shoe-in to make Team Canada if healthy.)

    Voracek recently sounded off the matter, essentially calling the league’s position, “Absolutely ridiculous.”

    Goalie nods: Vezina candidates clash as Bobrovsky faces Holtby

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    Sergei Bobrovsky leads the NHL in GAA, at 2.04. Braden Holtby sits second, at 2.05.

    Bobrovsky leads the NHL in wins, with 39. Holtby sits second, with 37.

    Holtby leads the NHL in shutouts, with eight. Bobrovsky sits third, with six.

    Perhaps you see where this is going.

    Tonight, the two will square off in a much-anticipated game, as the Jackets travel to Washington to take on the Caps.

    “It’s a great opponent,” Bobrovsky said, per NHL.com. “It’s going to be interesting. It’s one of the best teams in the League, so we’ll see. We’ll see who’s going to be better.”

    Holtby is the reigning Vezina winner, while Bobrovsky captured the trophy three years prior. Both have already been unofficially shortlisted for this season’s award — along with Devan Dubnyk and, perhaps, Cam Talbot — but tonight’s game is about much, much more than goaltending.

    The Caps head into the tilt two points up on Columbus for first spot in the NHL (and just one up on Pittsburgh). Columbus has made it clear it would love to capture the first Preisdents’ Trophy in franchise history, and a victory tonight would be a big step towards it. The Jackets, Penguins and Capitals all have 10 games left in their respective seasons, and Columbus will have one more shot at each this year.

    Elsewhere…

    — The Bolts begin a back-to-back set tonight, and will start Peter Budaj against the Bruins. Tuukka Rask will likely be in for the B’s, after allowing three goals on just 22 shots in a loss to Ottawa on Tuesday.

    Keith Kinkaid, who’s seen more playing time that usual down the stretch, will get another start when the Devils take on the Leafs in New Jersey. Curtis McElhinney goes for the Leafs, after Frederik Andersen beat Columbus last night.

    — It’s Matt Murray versus Mike Condon as the Penguins take on the Sens.

    Eddie Lack, who’s played very well since being verbally lambasted by head coach Bill Peters, looks to start when the ‘Canes take on the Habs in Montreal. Carey Price will be in goal for the Canadiens.

    — After Reto Berra’s first start in over a year on Tuesday, the Panthers will go back to James Reimer against Arizona. The visiting Coyotes will start Mike Smith.

    Ryan Miller goes up against his old Blues teammates as the Canucks visit St. Louis. Jake Allen, who continues to be one of the better comeback stories this season, looks for his seventh win in his last eight starts.

    Chad Johnson gives Brian Elliott a night off as Calgary takes on Nashville. Looks as though the Preds are going back to Pekka Rinne, after he earned his third straight win over the Coyotes on Monday.

    — It’s Steve Mason versus Devan Dubnyk as Philly travels to Minnesota.

    Corey Crawford will look to bounce back after allowing four goals on 10 shots (and getting hooked) against Vancouver on Tuesday. The visiting Stars look like they’ll go with Kari Lehtonen.

    — Some thought Cam Talbot, the NHL’s leader in starts, would get a rest tonight in Colorado after getting hooked against Anaheim last night. Nope. Talbot’s back in, going up against Jeremy Smith for the Avs.

    — In the late game, Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyck gets back in goal after Michael Hutchinson scored a rare win on Tuesday. He’ll be in against Ben Bishop, who looks to keep the Kings’ faint playoff hopes alive.

    ‘Hawks sign Kero to two-year extension

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    Chicago has re-upped with winger Tanner Kero on a two-year deal, the club announced on Thursday.

    Kero, 24, is in his second season with the ‘Hawks. He made his NHL debut in ’15-16 and has earned a more prominent role this year, scoring 12 points through 38 games.

    Undrafted out of Michigan Tech, Kero parlayed a strong senior season — which included being a Hobey Baker finalist — into a contract with the ‘Hawks. He’s spent quite a bit of time in AHL Rockford, emerging as a quality goalscorer.

    That said, Kero has developed a more well-rounded game with Chicago, and impressed head coach Joel Quenneville in the process.

    “He’s reliable in a lot of ways,” Quenneville said, per CSN Chicago. “He puts himself in the right spot, down low in his own end, underneath coverage, and seems to be useful in killing penalties as well. There’s more offense in his game that hopefully can come around and add to his reliability defensively.

    “We feel he’s done a good job of being a guy in the middle you can use and we like what he’s brought to our team in a position where, [earlier in] the year, I don’t know if he was forecast to be a regular like that. But he’s become more and more reliable, or used more.”

    Financial details of the new contract weren’t released. Kero is in the last of a two-year, $1.85 million deal with a $667,500 average annual cap hit.