While it’s true that we aren’t shy about criticizing highly paid athletes, deep down we prefer to see talented people succeed. Let’s face it, there can be great joy in seeing players with potential yield actual, tangible results.
After struggling in Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett’s system – and with the Coyotes in general – Peter Mueller exploded once a (then mutually beneficial) trade sent him to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Wojtek Wolski last season. Both teams achieved great gains in the short term, but oddly enough, each player hasn’t experienced a great 2010-11 season. Wolski was traded again (this time to the New York Rangers), while concussion issues put Mueller’s first full season with Colorado on pause.
At this point, it’s far from a surprise. The same doctors who treated multiple concussion victim Patrice Bergeron also are looking at Mueller, so why make the talented young player risk his future when the team sank out of playoff contention anyway?
Dater writes that no one really knows when (or if) he’ll be good to go again, although the team his cautiously optimistic that he might be able to play next season. It’ll be interesting to see if he’ll be close to full speed by training camp in September. We’ll keep you updated about his condition, although those updates aren’t likely to surface until the summer time.
Alumni rosters announced for Bruins-Habs at Gillette Stadium
The Winter Classic Alumni Game is back this year, scheduled for New Year’s Eve at Gillette Stadium between former members of the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins.
Today, the NHL announced the rosters and coaching staffs.
Famous ex-Habs that will take to the outdoor ice include Larry Robinson, Guy Carbonneau, and Mats Naslund. Behind the bench will be Yvan Cournoyer, Jacques Demers and Guy Lafleur, among others.
The home side will counter with Bruins legends Ray Bourque, Cam Neely, and “Nifty” Rick Middleton, while Don Cherry, Mike Milbury, and Derek Sanderson will be among the coaches. (Quite a trio of personalities right there.)
The hope was that the Columbus Blue Jackets would be jolted into a great, long winning streak, and their season would be saved.
The reality of John Tortorella’s first month behind the bench has been, well, reality. The Jackets are 8-7-0 since Todd Richards was fired. Better than 0-7-0, sure, but at 8-14-0 overall, they remain last in the Eastern Conference.
Fifteen games in, Tortorella is still trying to get his message across.
“A big reason why we bring them in (to practice yesterday and today) is because we don’t have a full understanding of the standard we need to be at in all areas of the game,” he told The Columbus Dispatch. “Some things you can’t control in our game, but it’s how hard you play, how hard you are with your bite as a team, and the pace you play with – you can control that.”
The Jackets play Wednesday in New Jersey, where they’ll look to shake off Sunday’s disappointing home loss to San Jose. Columbus held a 3-1 third-period lead in that one. The Sharks scored four straight to win 5-3.
The San Jose Sharks have signed forward Dainius Zubrus to a one-year, two way contract, the club announced today.
Zubrus was given a tryout with the Sharks last week.
The 37-year-old played 74 games with the Devils last season, scoring just four goals with six assists. His contract was then bought out.
According to a Mercury News source, the decision to sign Zubrus lay “mainly” with his former coach in New Jersey, now San Jose’s bench boss, Pete DeBoer.
“He looks good,” DeBoer said of Zubrus last week, per CSN Bay Area. “He looks close. It’s tough to find six-foot-four, 215-pound guys who can play. … He’s an easy guy to play because he’s defensively reliable. He plays a big possession, heavy game. There’s a lot to like there.”
In a related move, the Sharks have reassigned forward Nikolay Goldobin to the AHL.