Found May 07, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
Hockey pundits are always on the lookout for the best player who is not in the NHL.  For most of the last few years the consensus choice for this honor was Alexander Radulov.  Now that he is back in the NHL (at least temporarily), these pundits have been looking for another player to give this honor.  One candidate that many chose was Roman Cervenka.  He is a 26 year old Czech forward who was last playing in the KHL.  He was a member of the 2010 Czech Olympic team.  He has appeared in the two KHL All Star Games that occurred when he was in the league.  In 2011 he was the top goal scorer in the league. Last week he signed a one year entry level contract with the Calgary Flames.  This deal has been incorrectly reported as being worth $3.775 million but Cervenka will not earn anywhere near that amount. Continue reading "A Potentially Significant Signing"

Radulov and Kostitsyn’s antics aren’t as ‘Goose Loonies’ rare as one miight think

The Toronto Sun’s Steve Simmons tosses some rather obvious hints at the John Tortorellas and Brian Burkes of the hockey world, discusses the “Russian problem,” Marc Bergevin’s qualifications, surprising playoff performers and the utter unpredictability of the playoffs in his Sunday column, but something tells me you might be more interested in the main thrust of his discussion...

Unless They Break Team Rules Again, The Suspended Two Will Play Monday

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz, on a media conference call Saturday, said there is a “high probability” both Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn will return to the lineup Monday night with his team down 3-1 in the series to the Phoenix Coyotes. Trotz said the Predators had a lot of chances in Friday night’s 1-0 loss at home, but several...

Coyotes deserve to be advancing

Yes, the Predators didn’t bury the majority of their chances all series. Yes, the distraction of Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn was self-inflicted. Yes, the Predators could have been better in a lot of areas of the game.But the Phoenix Coyotes deserved to win this series. Plain and simple.A lot of good teams run into a hot team or goaltender in the playoffs and it ends...

The Nashville Suspensions

After losing games one and two in their series against Phoenix, the Nashville Predators shocked the hockey world by suspending two of their best offensive players Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn for breaking team rules by staying out late before game two.  Nashville was in a situation where there was no win.  It is not going to help the team if some of their top players...

Afternoon Line

I am somewhat stunned by the drastic turn of events with the Nashville Predators.  Not just their two curfew delinquents in Alexander Radulov and Alexei Kostitsyn.  But, their play in general in their series against the Los Angeles Kings and the new found sentiment that that this team that was astutely put together, might be on the verge of crumbling.  Not only might Radulov and...

It Was A Bad Matchup For Nashville

from David Climer of The Tennessean, For the Nashville Predators, the Stanley Cup vision turned out to be nothing more than a mirage in the Arizona desert. What went wrong? Let me count the ways: • Bad matchup: Phoenix was the wrong opponent at the wrong time. The Coyotes played tough, relentless hockey and got superior goaltending. In short, they out-Predatored the Predators...

An uneasy off-season begins for the Predators with Nashville’s 2-1 loss to Phoenix

The Nashville Predators did all they could but score in a 2-1 loss on Monday night to the Phoenix Coyotes. The Coyotes win the series 4-1 and move on to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in team history. Phoenix move on to play the Los Angeles Kings. Two second period goals were enough to get the Coyotes passed Nashville. Derek Morris and Martin Hanzal picked up the...
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