Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Kerrzy's Notebook: Can't Win 'Em All

A recent Battle of the Dynamos in the KHL produced what would have been another solid highlight in the career of an Edmonton Oilers draft pick known for his slick shootout moves.

A few weeks after Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk successfully employed a move Linus Omark made famous (at least on the internet) last April, he was back it – this time in a KHL game between his Dynamo Moscow and Dynamo Minsk (hat tip to RussianHockeyFans for this find).

Omark comes in on goalie Andrei Mezin and tries to confuse by him sliding on his belly, grabbing the puck with his left hand and trying to bank it in off of the stick in his right hand – a move first tried (as far as I know) by Chicago’s Patrick Kane and Tampa Bay’s Steve Stamkos in the 2009 NHL Skills Competition.

Thankfully for Omark, his team won the shootout 5-4. Here’s the video of Kane and Stamkos’ attempts (fast forward to the 1:05 mark and 7:25 mark).

Trading Spaces

The Calgary Flames celebrated a 6-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday by making some pretty serious changes to their lineup.

On Sunday, they sent defenseman Dion Phaneuf (along with Fredrik Sjostrom and Keith Aulie) to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forwards Matt Stajan, Nik Hagman and Jamal Mayers and defenseman Ian White.

After a 3-0 loss to the Flyers on Monday night, the Flames pulled the trigger on another deal that sent a star forward packing – trading Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust to the New York Rangers for forwards Chris Higgins and Ales Kotalik.

That Jokinen trade was all but done on Sunday night according to reports, but the Flames backed out at the last second for some reason.

It seems that after the four new Flames put up a combined one shot, two penalty minutes and a minus-one rating in 61:11 minutes of action, the other deal had to be made.

Of course that’s not the reason, but it was interesting that the team would wait until after this game to make the deal. Even if they thought they needed Jokinen for one last game, the impending trade was very likely weighing on his mind when he stepped on the ice.

It’s interesting to see a team that’s currently holding a playoff spot (even if it's only eighth) making such big changes. I mean, it made sense for the Toronto Maple Leafs to go out and pick up Phaneuf and former Ducks goalie JS Giguere. On the other hand, the Flames have lost 10-of-11, so I guess it makes sense in that respect.

What do you think of the big shake up?

One more thing…

It was nice to see the Oilers finally snap that 13-game winless skid on Monday night, wasn’t it?

What I thought was really great, and Oilers coach Pat Quinn commented on this after the game, was the reaction from the hometown fans after it was all over

Despite going 13 games without a win, and losing 20 of 22, the fans at Rexall Place gave the team a big ovation. During a stretch filled with so many negatives, I think the Oilers probably really appreciated that positive reinforcement from their biggest critics.

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