Tip Ins: Behind the Scenes of Team USA, Kunitz For Canada, and Jersey Fouls

Posted: January 4, 2014 by Lamar Lester in Tip Ins
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Tip Ins is a weekly update for all the news that happened in the NHL.

USA Hockey announced it's Olympic roster on January 1st.

USA Hockey announced it’s Olympic roster on January 1st.

  • Team USA’s roster was announced after the 2014 Winter Classic game. Some names were left off to the dismay of many, namely Bobby Ryan. ESPN’s Scott Burnside was allowed to sit in on the USA selection process and in his article he revealed the not-so-nice things that were said about Ryan by his former general manager Brian Burke as to why he didn’t make the roster. “He is not intense. That word is not in his vocabulary,” Burke says. “It’s never going to be in his vocabulary. He can’t spell intense.” Yikes! (ESPN)
  • Speaking of Olympic rosters, Team Canada is up. Next week they’re scheduled to reveal who made the cut. Penguin Chris Kunitz, who many believe should make the team, isn’t necessarily a lock just because he has chemistry with Sidney Crosby. There are some who are idiots that only believe Kunitz puts up big numbers because he plays with the world’s best player. Through 42 games, Kunitz is tied for the fifth-most points of any Canadian-born player this season with 43. (The Globe And Mail)
  • Jersey Fouls. I’m sure you’ve heard of them. And maybe your eyes have been unfortunate enough to see one in person. Typos, mock jerseys, matching jerseys, it’s all here and it’s all bad. Some are just plain mean-spirited. Like the #17 New Jersey Devils jersey with the nameplate “DEPORTED”. Pulling no punches. (Puck Daddy)

  • Many feel bad for Bobby Ryan for not only not making Team USA but because his name was dragged through the dirt in the process. The Hockey New’s Ken Campbell has one message for everyone: Nobody needs to apologize to Bobby Ryan. “Nobody owes Bobby Ryan an apology for the rather public and unfortunate way his exclusion from the U.S. Olympic team unfolded. USA Hockey and Olympic team GM David Poile, as decent a man as you’re going to find in this industry, have been falling all over themselves apologizing for war room comments made by Brian Burke, comments that made their way into the public forum because respected espn.com journalist Scott Burnside was embedded with the U.S. Olympic team brain trust during its selection process.” (The Hockey News)
  • Another month passes, and another player wants to be shipped out of Washington. Goalie Michal Neuvirth is the latest Capital that wants out. Frustrated with a lack of playing time, Michal Neuvirth recently said that he wants “to be a No. 1 goalie in this league, and if not here, maybe somewhere else.” His agent, Patrik Stefan, is searching for that opportunity elsewhere. “Let me just put it this way, I want Michal out of Washington.” Neuvirth last dressed for an NHL game on November 29th, though he was injured in warmups. (NBC Washington)
  • Steven Stamkos probably isn’t human. Stamkos broke his tibia on November 11th. The Lightning have actually been quite good without him, which makes his potential return even more interesting. “He’s healing, the bone is healing, he’s getting stronger, he’s getting more aggressive in his rehab. He’s doing well,” Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said on December 31st at the Winter Classic alumni game in Detroit. (Sporting News)
  • Hockey has always been a game that is constantly evolving. Many of the innovations have been for the better – artificial ice, forward passing, offside rules, coaching tactics, video usage, equipment changes – but not every innovation has worked out. Some have fail epically. Remember the FoxTrax glow puck? How about those Cooperalls that the 1981-82 Flyers used to wear? Oh boy. (Greatest Hockey Legends)
  • The ECHL’s Stockton Thunder let kids paint the ice, and the team is playing a game on it on January 3rd. The ice is, well it’s a mess. But it looks cool. Weird. (Sporting News)
  • At 37, Ed Jovanovski is attempting an unprecedented comeback. Jovanovski, sidelined since March after undergoing major hip surgery, has been cleared to play on today when the Panthers host the Predators in Florida. Jovanovski is trying to come back from hip resurfacing, a procedure consisting of placing a metal cap over the femur and a matching metal cup in the pelvic socket. It’s believed that no athlete from any of the four major professional sports has ever come back successfully after this relatively new procedure. (NBC Sports)
  • Shane Doan has been given the green light by his doctors to return to the lineup and the Coyotes captain is expected to play on Saturday when Phoenix hosts Philadelphia at Jobing.com Arena. Doan hasn’t played since Dec. 4 as doctors treated him for Rocky Mountain Fever symptoms. Despite missing nearly a month, Doan still co-leads the Coyotes with 12 goals. The Coyotes posted a 4-3-5 record in the 12 games Doan missed. (Phoenix Coyotes)
  • VIDEO: Sidney Crosby recently did an advertisement for Tim Hortons promoting the Olympics. The literal theme of the commercial is that all of Canada is behind Crosby. Really cool stuff. Even as an American. (YouTube)



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