Daily Archives: February 19, 2012

Datsyuk scores high marks from peers

DETROIT — Pavel Datsyuk scored high marks amongst his peers in a poll released today by the NHLPA and CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.

Datsyuk had the highest percentage in the following categories — smartest player; hardest player to take puck from; most difficult to play against; most difficult to stop; cleanest player; hardest forward to take puck away from.

Nicklas Lidstrom was the top role model.

Here is the press release:

TORONTO (February 19, 2012) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA today will release the results from the NHLPA/CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada Player Poll. Results can be viewed at http://www.PlayersPoll.ca.

On tonight’s CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA coverage of the New Jersey Devils at Montreal Canadiens game at 6:00 PM ET, the Player Poll will be discussed and the final three results will be revealed: the Players’ choice for the current NHL player they would select to start a franchise; whether fighting should be banned; and the Canadian city that most deserves an NHL team.

The second-annual NHLPA/CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada Player Poll surveyed NHLPA members on a wide range of topics around the game, with 257 NHL players participating in the poll. A few of the results include:

· Pavel Datsyuk was voted in the top spot for six different results, including the smartest player and the hardest to take the puck from

· Marian Gaborik was again voted by his peers as the best skater, as well as the fastest

· Patrice Bergeron earned the nod from the players as the most underrated, while his teammate Zdeno Chara was overwhelmingly voted the toughest defenceman to play against; meanwhile, Milan Lucic earned the top spot for toughest player, narrowly edging out teammates Chara and Shawn Thornton

· Henrik Lundqvist was convincingly voted as the most difficult goalie to score on

· Nicklas Lidstrom was named the best role model, followed closely by Sidney Crosby

Players were polled on several other topics, including which player they would pick to start a franchise; the Canadian city they feel is most suited for an NHL team; cleanest player; both underrated and overrated teams; both fighting and the instigator; best referee; coach they would most like to play for; most demanding coach; assistant coach they think should be the next head coach; best and worst ice; and their favourite arena.

For complete NHLPA/CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada Player Poll results, including fan results on the same questions the players were asked, please visit http://www.PlayersPoll.ca, or go to http://www.nhlpa.com.

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Lightning deal Kubina to Flyers instead of Wings

DETROIT — According to tsn.ca, Tampa Bay has dealt defenseman Pavel Kubina to the Philadelphia Flyers for a second and fourth round draft pick.

A source confirmed to The Macomb Daily Friday night that the Wings have made an offer to the Lightning for Kubina. Details of the offer aren’t known.

The NHL trade deadline is 3 p.m. on Feb. 27.

The Lightning kept Kubina, 35, out of the lineup of Thursday’s 6-5 shootout win over the San Jose Sharks. General manager Steve Yzerman also said he would keep the defenseman off the ice until a trade could be completed.

Yzerman, a long-time Red Wings captain, asked Kubina for a list of five teams to which he would accept a trade. His contract provides that parameter.

Kubina, who has three goals, eight assists and is averaging just under 20 minutes of ice time in 52 games this season, has seven days to comply to the request or Tampa Bay can trade him anywhere.

The Wings have money to spend, just over $5 million under the salary cap, and were looking to bolster up the blue line or find someone to push Jakub Kindl, whose turnover Friday led to Nashville’s only goal. Kindl was muscled off the puck down low by Jordin Tootoo.

Kubina, who has 110 goals and 272 assists in 953 career games, is in the final year of a $3.5 million deal that he signed prior to last season. It was a deal that returned him to the Lightning, who he helped lead to winning the Stanley Cup in 2004.

Kubina has been suspended by the league on two separate occasions one of which involved the Wings. He was suspended for the first game of the 2006-07 season for a crosscheck on the Wings’ Jiri Hudler.

Last March, Kubina was handed a three-game suspension for an elbow on Chicago’s Dave Bolland.

On Thursday, San Jose got forward Dominic Moore and a seventh-round pick from Tampa Bay for a second-round pick in 2012.

Kubina has also played for Toronto and the Atlanta, which relocated to Winnipeg this season, in his NHL career.