January 31, 2011
Iginla role-ing in pollingCaptain popular among peers; coach Sutter not so much
By STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency
Jarome Iginla is a role model.
Miikka Kiprusoff is tough to beat.
And head coach Brent Sutter is a demanding coach.
Those are just a few of the impressions of the Calgary Flames from an NHLPA player poll conducted with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada released Sunday morning.
Players — 318 of them in total — were quizzed on topics ranging from toughest forward to play against and what team and player are overrated.
Sutter took 6% of the vote when it came to coaches who demand the most from their players. On a related note, he took 10% and fourth place again on the question of which coach they’d least like to play for.
Toronto Maple Leafs bench boss Ron Wilson ‘won’ that one, and former Flames coach Mike Keenan finished fifth with 9%.
New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella was pegged as the most demanding with 28%.
The Saddledome took a hit when it comes to places to play. The Dome was voted third worst in the boards/glass category at 9%, behind Joe Louis Arena in Detroit (12%) and the Bell Centre in Montreal (11%).
On the positive side of things, it should come as no surprise Iginla was third behind Sidney Crosby and Nicklas Lidstrom as the best role model among active players.
The Flames captain skipped the all-star weekend to be with his sick grandmother.
Iginla earned 11% of the vote behind Pittsburgh Penguins star Crosby (26%) and Detroit Red Wings blueliner LIdstrom (20%).
Vancouver Canucks backstop Roberto Luongo edged Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller, Boston Bruins veteran Tim Thomas and Rangers star Henrik Lundqvist as the toughest to beat, with Kiprusoff fifth in the category despite a down season.
Luongo had 17% of the vote, Miller took 16%, Thomas 15%, Lundqvist 14.8% and Kiprusoff 4%.
In a somewhat ironic result, Flames winger Ales Kotalik — who was assigned to the minors Friday morning — finished fourth with 2.5% of the voting when it came to the player with the hardest shot.
Bruins giant Zdeno Chara predictably dominated this one with 44%, getting the best of Nashville Predators defenceman Shea Weber (41%).
Check out all the results and have your say at http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/allstar/poll