Despite the recent injury to Canucks forward Manny Malhotra in which he is now in jeopardy of losing the sight in his left eye, NHL players who don’t wear a visor still do not see the need in donning one. Malhotra was struck in the eye by an errant puck and has since undergone two surgeries in hopes of saving his eyesight, and the horrific injury has raised many questions over the possibility of making visors manditory; something the league’s visorless players don’t agree with. “Are you kidding me? I will never wear one, absolutely not,” said 20-year veteran Adam Foote who has never worn a visor in his 1153 career games. “The day I am forced to wear a visor will be the day I quit. The league is always trying to turn our sport into figure skating, this would be another step in doing just that.”
While 60% of current NHL players wear a visor, the 40% who remain without one feel that they should be allowed to choose whether or not they want to wear one. “Really, what’s the worst that could happen,” asked LA Kings forward Jarret Stoll, a player known for his excellent shot-blocking ability. “So there are a bunch of 6’2, 220 pound men shooting a rock hard rubber puck up to 100 MPH, and then there are 10 players on the ice at once all using sticks to frantically chase that puck around. Big Deal. I can’t think of too many things that could possibly go wrong under those circumstances so why jeopardize my comfortability and the repercussion of being looked at as a sissy by my peers.” Continue reading
On an incredible hot streak over the last few weeks and capping off what has been his best season in five years, 40-year-old Teemu Selanne says his incredible late-season run can be largely attributed to the inspiration and motivation he has received from Rebecca’s Black’s song and video “Friday.” Selanne had three goals and two assists in the Ducks 5-4 win over the Avalance last night, in the process becoming the first 40-year-old to score a hat-trick and have five or more points in a game. The future hall-of-famer, who has been one of the hottest players in the league over the last two months and has been an integral part of the Ducks post-season climb, says that the famous video has given him the extra energy he has needed as the long season winds down. Continue reading
Following the morning skate in preparation of tonight’s highly anticipated game against the Montreal Canadiens, Bruins players laughed hysterically when asked repeatedly if they expected retaliation from the Habs following Zdeno Chara’s hit on Max Pacioretty in the last meeting between the two teams. Pacioretty suffered a severe concussion and a broken vertebrae when he was checked by Chara into the glass stanchion that seperates the benches, leaving many to wonder if the Habs will seek revenge in the return match tonight in Boston; something Bruins players simply could not hold back their laughter at the thought of. “Are you serious? No, like really, you must be joking, right?” an utterly confused Milan Lucic replied when asked how he thought the Habs might retaliate. “What are they gonna do, and more importantly, who is gonna do it? Gionta? Gomez? Plekanec? If I see one of those trolls even come near me I will pick them up and throw each of them right out of the arena. And thats if I’m in a good mood.” Continue reading
As you would probably expect, we here at DKM get swamped with loads and loads of fan-mail from avid readers offering up their thoughts and ideas. This one comes from Peter O’Sullivan who shared the following picture which depicts the similarities between Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf and funny man Martin Short.
If you are an avid DKM reader then you know that we are big fans of Caps forward Alexander Semin, partcicularly his interviews. With the recent hot streak that the team is on we thought it would be a good time to check in with the sniper and see just how things have turned around in the nation’s capital.
DKM: Hi Alex, nice to talk to you again and thanks for loaning us your time
AS: Problem it not be. I very enjoy talking with the DKM group.
DKM: You guys have been on quite the run lately. What can you attribute this to?
AS: Well it must be simple. Since all-star time we play much better to our standards. I return from injury to play my high level game and the young goalies block all of the pucks at them. At trade time we get the big Arnott. He is good because of being so large and nice and has big hard shoot.
DKM: You mentioned the goaltending. You guys have been getting excellent play in goal from the likes of Brayden Holtby and Michael Neuvirth. Are you at all surprised about this given how young and inexperienced they both are?
AS: At some times I act surprise but I try not to be. They are young goalie who can block the puck at their best and help us win game. In practice shooting they even stop me sometimes. I have one of best shoots in league and look for it always.
Cooke hopes that this picture can ring true in the near future
Following Sunday’s loss to the New York Rangers, Pens forward Matt Cooke expressed his disappointment that he still hasn’t been able to kill an opposing player on the ice. Cooke, who was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for elbowing Rangers rookie defenseman Ryan McDonagh in the head, said he doesn’t know what he has to do in order to kill a human being during a hockey game. “It is starting to get really frusturating,” said Cooke. “I mean, I’ve tried everything I can possibly think of and every time the guy pops up and is able to play again. Continue reading
As the 2010-11 NHL Regular Season heads down the home stretch, Columbus Blue Jackets’ captain Rick Nash is eagerly anticipating his favourite time of the year: the NHL Playoffs. “Oh man, I’m absolutely jacked that it’s so close… so close I can taste it!”