Sidney Crosby got hockey Canada's highest honor. He will captain the 2014 Mens Olympic team. [ PHT ]
Crosby joins the following list of Captains:
1920 Frank Fredrickson
1924 Dunc Munro
1928 John Porter
1932 William Cockburn
1936 Herman Murray
1948 George Mara
1952 Billy Dawe
1956 Jack McKenzie
1960 Harry Sinden
1964 Hank Akervall
1968 Marshall Johnston
1980 Randy Gregg
1984 Dave Tippett
1988 Trent Yawney
1992 Brad Schlegel
1994 Fabian Joseph
1998 Eric Lindros
2002 Mario Lemieux
2006 Joe Sakic
2010 Scott Niedermayer
2014 Sidney Crosby
Who the hell was Fabian Joseph?
Crosby is probably one of the best pressure athletes in the game, so had some more to his shoulders. The games kick off on Feb 12. We'll be doing our Rinko Olympics game. You can win a free entry here.Add a comment
This moved turned some heads today. Simon Despres was sent back to WBS. [ Pensburgh ]
Why the move?
This seems to be the most logical move. Credit to @demangone for finding it. Teams are governered by unrealistic rules during the Olympic break. [ Syracuse.com ]
Starting with the easiest rule first, any NHL player subject to waivers normally are still subject to them during the break. So Tampa Bay defensemen Keith Aulie or Mark Barberio couldn't just join the Crunch for a quick two-week tour without first being exposed to waivers.
All waiver-exempt players who have been on an NHL roster (including the Injured Reserve List) for 75 percent or more of the days from the start of the season up to and including Jan. 24 (i.e., has been on an NHL roster for 87 days or more between Oct. 1 and Jan. 24) AND who remain on an NHL roster as of Jan. 24 will have earned "Olympic Time-Off".
Now here is the reason:
Players who participate in 16 of their club's last 20 games leading up to the Olympic Break ("16-game players") will also have earned time off, regardless of whether he he is loaned to an AHL affiliate prior to his club's final game before the Olympic break.
Both groups of players will be ineligible for loan between the parent team's final game before the Olympic break and the conclusion of the Olympic break.
But here is where it gets a little tricky.
Both groups of players WILL be eligible for loan during a "pre-Olympic period,'' running from Jan. 24 to Feb.8, as long as any such loan occurs prior to the club's final game before the Olympic break.
However, these players may NOT practice, participate or play for the AHL affiliate during the Olympic break.
Despres has only played five games since December 23, so with Paul Martin scheduled to be back next week, this move makes sense.
Thought this was an interesting view:
Depending on your view of Engo, you could make a somewhat rational argument that Despres isn’t in the top 8 when everyone is healthy— Brian (@brianmcnulty11) January 16, 2014
1. Are the Capitals that bad?
2. Is the "system" more important than the players?
3. Speaking of the bottom six…
4. A secret lies with Jacques Martin
This tweet accurately describes the game:
This game is simultaneously exciting and boring. I can't explain it.— Rick (@Rick_City) January 16, 2014
The Penguins had about five legit NHL forwards in this game. Some guys named Pierre Letourneau-Leblond and Nick Drazenovic played. But still, despite falling behind for most of the game, the Penguins won. Really not sure what this says about the Caps, but pretty sure it doesn't say much. Maatta got the game-winner late in the third. The Pens are now 20-3 at home.
3. Jussi Jokinen
Another solid performance by JJ. He had the third-period game-tying goal and an assist on Taylor Pyatt's first as a Penguin.
2. Matt Niskanen
Just going to go ahead and say it. Niskanen is probably a better overall player than Brooks Orpik. He had two assists and four shots that actually hit the net. All in 20 minutes. Book it.
1. Olli Maatta
Oh, so that's what a defenseman who just does his job the right way looks like? Another brilliant game from Maatta. He got the GWG and added an assist. Played 17 minutes. Not many mistakes, either.
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Washington Capitals (22-16-8) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (33-12-2)
NBCSN, TSN2, RDS - 8:00 pm/et
Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA
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Interesting look at the most cost effective Penguins this season: