Veteran Anaheim forward Saku Koivu could soon be playing in the Finnish league.
Koivu has reportedly agreed to join SM-liiga club TPS Turku should the NHL lockout extend beyond the Christmas holidays, according to both TSN and the OC Register.
(As for when he’ll join? One of the Register’s sources says right after the holiday, another says when/if the season is canceled.)
The 38-year-old partly owns TPS with his brother, Mikko, and Calgary Flames netminder Miikka Kiprusoff. The team has already secured the services of a number of locked-out NHLers including Kevin Shattenkirk, Kris Russell, Alec Martinez (currently injured) and Antero Niittymaki.
Koivu signed a one-year, $3 million deal with Anaheim to return for the 2012-13 season after last year’s moderately successful campaign. He posted 11G-27A-38PTS in 74 games and finished second on the team with a plus-7 rating.
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.
Want it in GIF form? OK then:
Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau figure to be a big part of the Calgary Flames’ forward group, both in the present and the future.
That said, it the very specific present, they’ll be watching Tuesday’s game from the press box.
After an unsatisfactory practice amid flailing playoff hopes, Flames head coach Bob Hartley made a big statement tonight, taking Monahan, Gaudreau and Lance Bouma out of the lineup as healthy scratches against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
It’s amusing timing, too, as the Maple Leafs will roll with a bit of a skeleton crew of their own after that splashy Dion Phaneuf trade.
Sportsnet’s Mark Spector was there for the practice, which was unusually short at 25 minutes.
“He wasn’t happy with the way we were practicing,” David Jones told Spector. “It’s a little embarrassing when we’re not (making) five-foot passes.
“I think he was pretty pissed off about the way things were looking.”
Call it a combination of poor execution and maybe a tardy arrival … perhaps from a Super Bowl party or two?
Milan Lucic may or may not spend a big chunk of his career with the Los Angeles Kings, but the Boston Bruins haven’t forgotten his contributions.
(Their fans haven’t, either.)
The Bruins shared a tribute video for Lucic, decked out in a loud, retro-style Kings sweater on Tuesday. The hulking winger seemed to appreciate the nod from his former team, and also acknowledged fans who watched him develop into one of the league’s most formidable power forwards.
(H/T to the Score by way of The Hockey Beat for the video.)
A lot has gone Artemi Panarin‘s way this season – to the point where he could be the Calder frontrunner – but Tuesday seems like it isn’t his night.
Barring a surprise twist, the Chicago Blackhawks rookie won’t be able to play against the San Jose Sharks. Instead, it looks like Jiri Sekac will take his place in the lineup.
In other lineup news, it appears that Rob Scuderi will be a healthy scratch for Chicago.
Want to know what the Blackhawks’ lines look like without “The Bread Man?” CSNChicago.com’s Tracey Myers gives you an idea: