November 26, 2012
NHL notes: Bertuzzi predicts loss of NHL season
By QMI Agency
Detroit Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi thinks the 2012-13 NHL season will be completely wiped out.
And if that happens, the long-time NHLer also believes fans won't be as quick to return to the game they previously supported when the league does start up again.
"No, not very optimistic," Bertuzzi told reporters in Detroit Monday following an informal workout in Troy, Mich.,with a handful of teammates. "I see us losing a year. Just move on to different things. I'm coaching now. I was just in Toronto coaching my son's team. You move on, try to make the most of your time.
"These people are (angry) right now. They're not just, 'I don't care, I'll come back.' They're getting to a point where they aren't really even paying attention anymore. They're sick and tired of hearing the same crap coming out of both sides' mouths, and who can blame them. It's frustrating."
The NHL and NHLPA announced Monday that they will meet with the Federal Mediation and Concillation Service in the hopes of getting a deal done. There's also been increasing talk about the possibility of the NHLPA decertifying to move the process along.
Bertuzzi doesn't think decertification will get the players back on the ice any faster.
"So players go after owners, we sue them ... how long is that going to take?" he said said. "Four to five to six, seven months. So that means the season is gone. So if anything, it hurries up the process of ending this thing, so guys aren't sitting around waiting to see what's going to be next."
GUDBRANSON COMES CLEAN
Florida Panthers defenceman Erik Gudbranson said he hurt his shoulder in September wakeboarding, not training as he originally let on.
Gudbranson, who skated Monday in Florida for the first time since having surgery on his shoulder, finally came clean to the Miami Herald about how the injury occurred. He said a fall during an early-morning wakeboarding session dislocated his shoulder.
"I wasn't being stupid, it was just an unfortunate, awkward fall," Gudbranson told the Herald, adding that he told Panthers general manager Dale Tallon how he was hurt and apologized to him. "There is obviously an element of danger in (wakeboarding) and I wasn't very smart. And the timing couldn't have been worse.
"But I could have been playing beach volleyball and blown out my knee. I'm disappointed. I worked very hard this summer and was in the best shape of my life. But I don't think it's right just to sit around during the offseason and do nothing."
Gudbranson said he likely won't be able to play until January. When the lockout ends, he's expected to start with San Antonio of the AHL.
JET FLYING TO FINLAND
Ondrej Pavelec is joining the Lahti Pelicans of the SM-League in Finland.
After his contract with the HC Liberec Tigers of the Czech Extraliga expired, the Winnipeg Jets goalie inked a six-game pact with the Pelicans, who currently sit 13th in the SM-League standings with a record of 8-17.
Pavelec's agent, Allan Walsh, confirmed the news Monday morning.
The Pelicans lineup includes Carolina Hurricanes defenceman Jamie McBain and former NHL first-rounders Ryan O'Marra and Angelo Esposito.
Pavelec signed a five-year extension with the Jets after winning a career-high 29 games while appearing in a career-high 68 games.
The 25-year-old netminder was 4-10 with a 3.50 goals-against average in 14 games with Liberec, but had a strong showing while suiting up for the Czech Republic at the Karjala Cup, posting a 0.50 goals-against average and .984 save percentage.
PARRISH PACKS IT IN
One-time 30-goal scorer Mark Parrish won't be back on the ice when the NHL lockout ends.
The 35-year-old winger, who played 722 career games with seven NHL teams, told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he has retired and is now a colour commentator for his alma mater, St. Cloud State.
Parrish played in the Ottawa Senators' organization last year, recording 15 goals and 15 assists in 51 games with Binghamton of the AHL. He spent most of his last three seasons in the AHL.
In 2001-02, he had a career-high 30 goals and 30 assists in 78 games with the New York Islanders and played in the all-star game for the only time in his career.
CHANTS DIDN'T CHASE SIMMONDS
Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds says racism directed towards him wasn't the reason he quit playing for a Czech team during the lockout.
Simmonds left Liberec of the top Czech league earlier this month, saying he was returning home for family reasons. During a game against Chomutov, several of that team's fans chanted the Czech word for monkey when Simmonds got involved in a scrum on the ice, leading to speculation that's what caused him to leave.
"It wasn't me itching to come back," Simmonds told Philly.com. "I had to come home. I had stuff I had to deal with."
And some racist Czech fans aside, Simmonds enjoyed playing in Europe.
"It's obviously a different world," he said. "Different language, different lifestyle. There are a lot of things to get used to. But I'd say I had a good time there. I tried to enjoy myself, and I think it was a great experience."
Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall was named AHL player of the week after recording one goal and eight assists in three games with the Oklahoma City Barons. Hall was also plus-six in the games, all Oklahoma wins ... Truculant Columbus Blue Jackets winger Derek Dorsett has signed with Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Dorsett, who led the NHL in penalty minutes last season, will play alongside Jackets teammate Derick Brassard ... Ottawa Senators forward Zack Smith will play for the Frederikshavn White Hawks in Denmark, according to the team website. Smith had 14 goals and 12 assists in 81 games with the Sens last season.