Author: Joe Yerdon

Mats Zuccarello

Zuccarello: Norway has to be ‘sharp in every aspect of the game’


Norway’s Mats Zuccarello knows Norway isn’t a favorite at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. He also knows his team will have quite the battle on their hands to open the Games on Thursday against Canada.

Zuccarello tells Lucas Aykroyd of what it will take for his country to surprise people during the tournament.

“We’ll have to be sharp in every aspect of the game,” said Zuccarello, entering his second Olympics. “We have to play a team game and compete together. We’re in the Olympics with everyone else. We’re here to do our best and we’ll see what happens after that.”

If there’s inspiration for Norway to draw on in these Olympics, it’s what they did during the World Championships in 2000 when they upset Canada 4-3 in Russia. The team has had more success recently at the 2011 Worlds when they upset Sweden 5-4 in a shootout.

Strange things can happen at the Olympics, but Zuccarello nailed it. To be successful they’ll have to be close to perfect.

Pens say Dupuis’ knee surgery was successful

Pascal Dupuis

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced forward Pascal Dupuis underwent successful surgery on the torn ACL in his right knee.

Dupuis was injured on December 23 against Ottawa and it delivered a blow to the Penguins’ top line. It’s believed he’ll miss the rest of the season because of the injury.

Sure, Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz have done just fine without Dupuis, the spot on the right side of that line has seen a few players get their chance to run with them. The latest has been call-up Brian Gibbons. He has four goals and nine points in 19 games.

When Dupuis was injured, he had seven goals and 20 points.

Coyotes’ GM Maloney: ‘We’re not looking to sell’


When Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney isn’t looking for more leadership out of his team, he’s looking for players to add to help get the team in the playoffs.

The Coyotes are currently on the outside of the Western Conference playoff picture and were thought they could be sellers at the deadline. Not so fast as Dave Vest at the Coyotes’ website shares.

“We’re not looking to ‘sell,'” Maloney said when asked if the Coyotes would be ‘buyers’ or ‘sellers’ at the trade deadline. “We’d like to add. But right now there are 25 other teams in the League in the exact same situation and there are only five teams that look to be prepared to move some players out for younger assets.”

Looking for people to add has been Maloney’s mission all season. Even before training camp he was looking for a way to add a top-six forward.

That said, taking a look at what they have going on via CapGeek, they have a few players with expiring contracts (Derek Morris, David Moss, Radim Vrbata) that would be ideal to move at the deadline. Vrbata wouldn’t likely be moved, but the others stand out as possibilities.

If Maloney decides ‘buying’ isn’t for him, ‘selling’ might be easier to do.