Wednesday, 17 October 2012

And now, the conclusion!

Hey guys, I would like to start this text with a thank you to all my readers and friends. Only a few days have passed since my last and first post and I've received great feedback. So thanks for reading.

In hockey world so much has happened in last few day that I don't even know where to start. It's always good to start from a beginning so lets go:

Alex Semin got himself a third club of the season, and he's going to play (or practice) on his third continent. Maybe he'll be more interested in playing this time. One can only hope though.

Alex Semin pretending to be interested in hockey for the camera

Danny Briere scored 3 goals and added 4 assists playing for Eisbaren Berlin for the best start ever in German DEL league. Claude Giroux and former NY Islanders draft pick Mark Katic certainly helped him achieve that.

Max Pacioretty supposedly injured his elbow and went back to North America from Switzerland earlier on tuesday. Rumours are his coach is pretty happy about that after an alleged fight they had this weekend. 

Meanwhile EBEL league has gone nuts over NHL "cracks" as Austrians call it. First on 13/10 EC KAC from Klagenfurt added top Saber's D-man and prospect to their roster Tyler Myers.

Tyler Myers swapped Saber's white jersey for a red EC KAC one in Austria

On Monday, 15/10, then EC KAC managed to beat themselves and be the first team in EBEL to sign a second NHL player. Sam Gagner will be joining the team for the game on Friday, and hop into the team bus to Hungary. Maybe he'll even get a chance to break a record in total points scored on one game. 

Sam Gagner (middle) in a nice chat with teammates not during the playoffs

Sam Gagner hasn't played in a pro playoffs, so hopefully NHL won't break lockout just yet so he can enjoy the ride and experience it for the first time in over 5 years. Atleast we know who isn't praying for NHL and NHLPA to continue their talks anytime soon.

In meantime, Vanek-o-Mania is hard in Graz, Nodl is as ineffective as he ever was, Bickell helped Znojmo secure a win over Potter's Vienna. Potter also played in Vienna Capitals' European Trophy game on Tuesday against Sparta Prague and noted a goal in a roller coaster game that finished 7:6 (0:1, 5:0, 2:5) for UPC Vienna Capitals.
Dustin Jeffrey (KHL Medvescak / Pittsburgh Penguins) -  apparently he really likes his beer

Dustin Jeffrey (KHL Medveščak Zagreb / Pittsburgh Penguins) went on a long road trip from Zagreb to Dornbirn after noting two assists in his first game and victory on Friday. Dustin had over 11 hours on the bus to meet his new friends, discover various new card games and bond with team mates. Which looks like he did pretty good as he went to score another goal on Sunday and then proceeded to toss in a GWG in OT and getting 4 points in just 2 games. 

Anže Kopitar #11 (right)

The guy that spent lots of hours on the bus this weekend was Slovenian forward Anže Kopitar (LA Kings), who playes with his baby brother in Swedish second league club Mora. Kopitar brothers enjoyed a 10 hour bus ride together. Anze has 10 points in 8 games, while his brother Gašper (20 y/o) has 5 in 10 games. 

And while everyone thought Eric Condra's signing for a German 3rd league club EV Fussen was top story of the day NHL brought a new offer to the bargaining table. 50:50 HRR and a ball in NHLPA's court.

I can only say that European fans are praying that NHLPA doesn't take this one. Its just getting fun getting the guys over the Pond.

Brought to you by ...over the Pond! crew.

1 comment:

  1. nice blog :) i have enjoyed watching all the NHL stars playing while i am travelling through Europe ... saw Henrik Zetterberg play for EV Zug last night vs. Denis Seidenberg & Marcel Goc who play for Adler Mannheim in European Trophy action ! great game :)