Nail Yakupov wishes the KHL experience was more like the NHL experience.
Specifically, the first overall pick in the 2012 NHL draft has been disappointed with the atmosphere at Russian rinks when he’s suited up for HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk.
“I dream that in Nizhnekamsk they’d give out blue and white rally towels to the fans at the entrance, and that when we score a goal or create a dangerous chance, they’d all hold them up and start twirling them, like in the NHL,” Yakupov tells R-Sport.
“We don’t have that, and they don’t know, they haven’t seen how it is.
“And I’d like different music for a goal, and for the lights to go out. Well, so everything isn’t bland.”
And then he started singing that Zombie Nation song.
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Lawson Crouse is going back to junior. The big 18-year-old winger confirmed it today on Twitter.
Crouse was drafted 11th overall in June by the Florida Panthers. Despite the club’s belief that Crouse could make “an immediate impact” on the roster, he finished the preseason with just two shots and one assist in three games.
Crouse will return to the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, with whom he’ll look to improve on his modest point totals from last season.
“I don’t think there’s any pressure on the kid,” coach Gerard Gallant said last week. “If he doesn’t make the team this year he goes back to junior … and will have a lot of success.”
The greatest mullet in sports history is making a comeback.
According to the Miami Herald’s George Richards, Jaromir Jagr says he’s bringing back the party in the back.
“I have to,” Jagr, 43, said.
Jagr’s teammate with the Florida Panthers, goalie Roberto Luongo, appears to have been the lead lobbyist in all this.
Anyway, this is fantastic.