People use Niklas Kronwall‘s last name as a verb far less often than they used to, but that doesn’t mean that the Detroit Red Wings defenseman can’t make someone pay with a big check in 2016-17.
The Florida Panthers are currently hoping for the best after Reilly Smith was clearly shaken up by a hard Kronwall hit on Friday.
As you can see from the video above, Smith was in a vulnerable position trying to receive a (“suicide”) pass and absorbed quite the blow. The Miami Herald’s George Richards believes that Smith might be going through concussion protocol, so we’ll find out if he’ll be able to shake that off or if he misses some time.
Video: Rugged fight – Steven Oleksy vs. Miles Wood
Plenty of people are congratulating Jaromir Jagr for the tremendous feat of becoming the NHL’s all-time second leading points producer. It only makes sense that the Florida Panthers will go all-out for him, too.
Specifically, the team is hosting “Jaromir Jagr Night” during their Jan. 6 game against the Nashville Predators.
Some of the planned stuff is pretty by-the-books, including the first 10,000 fans getting a commemorative t-shirt.
The fun stuff comes in thematic pricing based off of Jagr’s jersey number 68 and his 1,888 points:
Ticket offers for the evening are themed around Jagr’s 1,888th point and jersey number. Offers include an $18.88 upper goal zone offer and a $68.00 sideline and sideline premier offer that includes a $15 food and beverage credit.
As you can see, a wide variety of people are rolling out the red carpet for the living legend. In case you missed it, enjoy this video of former competitors and current teammates congratulating him:
It’s a long time coming for Anton Rodin, who’s making his NHL debut for the Vancouver Canucks tonight.
Usually, PHT’s “Looking to make the Leap” feature is for players who can’t legally buy alcohol in the United States. Even taking NCAA-developed prospects into account, Anton Rodin was a relative graybeard for that off-season series.
(He was 25 at the time of that writing; he’s now 26.)
We’ve already seen one inspiring story of a 26-year-old making his NHL debut this week, but Rodin’s story is a little more complicated. As Jason Brough wrote, he seemed like a failed prospect (53rd pick of the 2009 NHL Draft) for the Canucks:
Most Canucks fans had already written off Anton Rodin. He was the guy who came to North America in 2011 and couldn’t even cut it in the AHL. Just another draft bust for an organization that’s had plenty of those in its history.
He showed some promise in Sweden, and even with knee issues really hampering his climb, Rodin finds himself here today. It should be fascinating to see what he can do against the Calgary Flames tonight.
Video: Rare fights for Mike Cammalleri, Jordan Staal
Your mileage may vary, but from here, it’s often entertaining to see an infrequent fighter get into the occasional squabble.
It doesn’t hurt that, in most instances, that guy’s fighting because he actually wants to. It’s a little tougher to reconcile with the future implications of fighting for enforcers who drop the gloves several times per season.
But for those rare fighters, it can be kind of fun, at least if no one gets “hurt” beyond a bruise or bump here and there.