Frustrated much?

- November 26th, 2012

Milan Michalek only had 32 penalty minutes all last season, but he picked up half that number during a game in the Czech league Sunday.
Michalek, who has been credited with only three fights in his 526 NHL game career, started a line brawl when he charged to the net against Energie Karlovy Varyon. The 6-foot-2 Senators winger wound up dropping the gloves with 5-foot-9 defenceman David Zucker.
Here’s the link (hopefully I’m connecting you) to the video and story on Yahoo’s Puck Daddy.

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/milan-michalek-shoves-goalie-sparks-line-brawl-gets-155739041–nhl.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

If it doesn’t work with a click, just copy and paste.
Michalek, who has six goals in 10 games for Ceske Budejovice, has always played the game hard. He’s also been called onto the NHL carpet for a questionable attack on an opponent. But rare does he have this kind of outburst.
Maybe, just possibly, it has something to do with frustrations over the lockout?

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12 comments

  1. Mike8888 says:

    Hey Bobby,
    Your hero and namesake Bobby Butler is really tearing up the AHL. (GP 15, 3 goals, 2 assists, 5 points)
    Re that post about Trent University in the previous thread: Does anyone care?

  2. Bobby Goodman says:

    Yep, Bobby Butler…some here had faith but not me Mikey. I wish him all the best but he certainly wasn’t worth 1.2,/yr for 2 years! How is Daisey the Air Rifle doing in the AHL? Is he playing hockey…anywhere? He was celebrated by the writers for 4 years!

    I am not sure where the TU stuff came from and what its about but I hope someone here does…just not me.

    Watching Doug Maclean and Nick Kipreos go through their mock debates is getting tiresome. Maclean of course represents the owners and Kipreos the players. The only difference is Kipreos is as dumb as spit.

    So the players may de-certify…based on what I’ve heard, this would guarantee no NHL hockey for at least a year. It looks like the owners are digging in and as we all know, they have far more resources than the players.

    My God some of the players are dim-witted fools huh? Dave Bolland comes to mind and perhaps some find it amusing, but not me. His recent te-tweet proves he is a re-tarded twit…it reminded me of Chelios way back when.

    It is odd that the You Know Who I Am campaign and their front man have taken a holiday…does mental illness take a holiday? I happen to know someone very well who is among the anonymous who do community and volunteer work every week. They weren’t asked, they do it on their won volition…they are real heroes. But, you will never recognize their faces, nor do they make millions.

    It is a shame that the lost year may be mean we will never see some players again. My Dad passed away the summer following the last lockout that lasted the entire season and he was a true Sens fan and hockey nut. My 90 year old mother loves the team too and really misses it and she cannot understand why this has to happen…neither do I. Why couldn’t the two parties have started the discussionswell in advance? They had 8 years to prepare!

  3. Bobby Goodman says:

    Oh, I thought I would mention, Magnus Pajaarvi-Svenson has 10pts with the Barons this year. The 6-2, 202 pound 21 year old is very fast, physical, will go into the corners and once he regains his confidence, he will start scoring again. Let’ not forget, as an 18 year old rookie in the NHL he scored 15 goals and had 19 assists for 34 points. My suspicion is, with the Oilers new coach, he like the others, will thrive.

  4. Bobby Goodman says:

    …actually, he has 12 points 2g and 10a.

  5. Visitor - Pierre D. says:

    I heard God saying he was pissed off, that everyone is pissed off and behind Fehr. Kool Aid must taste great, because Hamrlink complained and even Lupul said the players would lose. Some players know where this is going to end and they will not win.

    If the players are pissed off they will sign the deal and get back to being relevant. I have to laugh when I hear them say they are suffering. Millions a year, five-star hotels, adulation from a fearful media and unquestioning fanbase, guaranteed contracts (Where can I get one of those? When I sign one there’s always a bilateral termination clause!) and instant medical assistance, life is rough! Of course I know they have talent and that is fine but let’s not pretend they are martyrs. I wonder how many of them could survive on $24,000 a year in a small apartment on their own. Hmmm…

    So the AHL Senators are apparently the best team in the world. People are impressed that coach Luke (family friend of Bryan Murray adn thus easily controllable) Richardson is praising his players. Newsflash dumdums that are impressed by this: A coach that slags his players will be on the outs. Of course Luke is praising his charges, he wants to keep working! Stunning thta Benoit is the team’s best player. Zib is looking lost and disinterested, but Aeden Helmer says he’s incredible. Silf does well…when short-handed or on special teams. Lehner is probably the only one that plays with any consistency. So the Bingo Sens are a championship-calibre team and does this mean much? Tampa’s team won last year did they not? Should we get the parade route going down there? Didn’t Atlanta’s team win one as well in the day? I must have missed their parade. Again the Sens brass do a good to find job with the minors but the bug club is handcuffed by loyalty contracts (Phillips is slow and old, Alfie one more million so the team can look better, Gonchar terrible and overpaid) and impulse deals (Five years to Turris who played 40 games for us, six-years to Norris Boy who was invisible in the playoffs, long-term to the average Zach Smith) and my question is:

    Has all this loyalty been rewarded? At all?
    All I have seen is a team that struggles to make 8th place in the East. the Murray’s can say the cupboard WAS bare but with 30 Supermen in the AHL they excuse is long gone. As I said to James Gordon (great, thoughtful writer, a tamer Bruce Garrioch) at some point this team needs a new GM that will focus on the big club and its progression into playoff success, Otherwise we will be perpetually average but at least there will be a snow job about prospects, as if we were destined to be a feeder system for higher-ranked teams…

  6. Bobby Goodman says:

    Could the latest tactic suggested by the Smug Smurph be a stroke of genius? I may be wrong (it has happened countless times before) but this strategy introduces a differenty dynamic and puts a far more pressure on the players. I suspect the players wont be so free to toss insults directly at their employers. If that is true, it is funny because Smug Smurph has been operating on their behalf from the get go.

    Will the Owners agree to this approach? I am not sure they will,but they may surprise. If the direct approch works, then we would have to ask the question: why Smug Smurph, Chrome and the Farrelly Brothers? The players knew exactly what the were getting with SS and the Owners should have anticipated what they were getting when Fehr was hired. His approch has been the same no matter where he goes….stand fast and delay.

    It shocks me actually. The Owners, all, are obscenely rich because they have been successful businessmen. Has it been good for the Glorious Game and the NHL to have someone like SS represent them when he is universally disliked and as proof, he is greeted by a boisterous round of boos by fans not matter the ocassion? By the same token, who made the decision to hire Ferh? Do either of these men really give a damn about the NHL?

    Although both parties share the responsibility for the tragic state the league is in right now, I still think that the Owners who have made the community of players (from extremely good to extremely bad – reletative to the NHL) very well paid, are the lesser of the two evils. Wouldn’t it be great for the game if the players celebrated their good fortune and were grateful? Wouldn’t it be great if the League of Governers hired a Commish who was respected, Canadian, understood the game, cared about the game and had some social skills? And wouldn’t it be great if both sides gave a damn about those who have lost income due to greed; and, would it be great if the players and Owners alike took the time to think about those who have made the biggest contribution…the fans.

  7. OD99 says:

    It’s easy to get points when he can just pass it to Schultz, Eberle, Hall, Nugent-Hopkins, etc…and let them do the work ;)

  8. Bobby Goodman says:

    The decision to keep Zibanejad from the WJHC is silly but not a surprise. I wonder how being away from the AHL for two or three weeks would slow down his development? It would be very interesting to know how Zibby feels abvout it (I strongly suspect he would love to join his county’s very best to repeat as World Champions). With 2 goals scored is he really developing in the AHL? If so, what is he developing (defencive responsibility?). Here is another opportunity to help a young kid develop his skills, confidence and have a lot of fun playing on the world stage but in typical Murray form, again, they make the wrong decision. This discussion could be far more releveant if Ryan Nugent-Hopkins participates. You remember him? He is the guy one of the Senators Assistand Coaches, Dave Cam-moron, cut 2 years ago but that same year, in the NHL, he was a finalist for Rookie of the Year (and in my mind, should have won).

    2 or 3 weeks will not make or break any player but it could offer him a life time of wonderful memories and stimulate a deep respect for his management team. Like I said, it would be interesting to know how Zibby truly feels but I suspect we will never know but I was 19 once and I know what my decision would be!

    There is something going on with Andre Petersson. I strongly suspect he isn’t happy and not making an effort which if true, would be very disappointing. There is a story there that will not be told. The guy has but 5 points (2g and 3a) and leads the team with the worst plus minus. Last year on the worst team in the 30 team league he was second in team scoring (Hoffman was first). What is happening? Does anyone know? I am quite sure our hosts know what’s going on. It would not surprise me at all if the doesn’t finish the year playing hockey in North America. I love the way he can play the game but if he will not rise to a challenge, then the organization doesn’t need him. Rather than quit on the team, organization and himself, he should be making an effort every time he gets on the ice to prove he is worthy. I am making some assumptions here but I strongly suspect I am not too far off.

    There will be no NHL this year and as much as I say I don’t care, I do…I miss it a lot. Crosby wil not make his 12 million but it is not the gaudy rich ones who will suffer. Wouldn’t it be interesting to know the number of players (percentage) who would accept the deal offered by the owners. Many and perhaps most of the players in the NHL have a window of 4 years to make money with really no other skills to fall back on. Missing a year to them is a huge hit. Why would they want to cut their nose off to spite their face. Unions…there was a time when they were needed but not so much anymore. Union bosses dictate the terms and the members fall in line. Hostess employees chose to call their employers bluff and look what is happening now.

  9. Bobby Goodman says:

    Have you heard the latest from Shane Doan? It looks like he too is not blessed with many active brain cells. He fully endorsed Fehr and what he is doing and has “all the confidence in the world with his approach”. Even though things are at a stalemate, Doan doesn’t like the offer to work out their differences directly with the owners. He suggested it would be unfair to negotiate with them in “their milieu”… “where they are most confortable” and offered “how would they like to meet us on the ice”? YIKES! Isn’t it scary…really…and he is one of the so called Player Representatives! Oh he represents something alright.

  10. Bobby Goodman says:

    Andre Petersson didn’t play last night in Bingo’s victory; I suspect he wasn’t hurt and was left of game sheet. It would be my decision to do the same. Zibby did not play either and I haven’t heard that he is hurt or nursing an injury. If he isn’t hurt, the questions that beg to be asked include: “how does sitting in the press box help his development” and “how would playing in World Junior Hockey Championship hinder his development”? I would love to hear Timmy’s answer to these questions, rationalize his decision and offer his expert opinion why he thinks RNH is allowed to participate. Of course it didn’t surprise me that RNH is going to play for Canada; he relishes the opportunity and the Oil have ex NHLers running their organization, not fools who consistently make the wrong decisions month after month and year after year. It is great to see DaOats-like Costa have a great game with a hatrick last night. In one game he scored more goals than Zibby, AP, Pageau and others.

    I look at the box scores after every game and one thing that sticks out like a sore thumb is Boro’s physicality. I love it but, I would have him tone down the fighting. He was in two fights last night and it is very hard on your hands to be dropping the goves night after night. I commend his courage but there should be some others there to share the responsibility.

    Lastly, for you golf fans, I have to share another story about something that happened at the Nedbank this past weekend in South Africa. Jim (the American lead announcer who is a regular on the Champions Tour) made a comment when Dale Hayes showed up a little late for booth duty. Jim said that is was nice to have Dale finally arrive. Jim continued, commenting how others do their homework prepairing themselves with notes but Dale does no more than scratch a few words on a 2″ by 2″ piece of paper. He then made the mistake of asking Dale if he had seen the baboons loose on the fairway and Dale, not missing a beat or the opportunity came back with: “no JIm…I never had the pleasure of meeting your family”.

  11. Bobby Goodman says:

    Great post Pierre! There is no loyalty anymore mon ami, on both sides of the fence. The fortunate sons want more and most of the time will bolt for a buck. The owners will trade away a player to reduce cost or make the team younger but that I understand and accept. Afterall, this is the entertainment industry and if a player no longer entertains, what is his value. It will be interesting to see what happens when God retires; it certainly wouldn’t surprise if he went home…Sweden, not Kanata and I wouldn’t blame him at all, I would do the same.

    Business today can’t afford loyalty, afterall, they are the ones who hold all the risk! The players share none of it. I laugh and gag when I read how God and the players are pissed off and are totally behind Fehr; what they hell has he done that inspires such loyalty (because the only thing players are loyal to is the almighty dollar). The money lost this year will never be recovered. 20% of the players will not feel the pinch but 80% certainly will! What exactly has Fehr accomplished?

    I find it funny that the 20% who represent the stars, are always the ones who, by default, are recognized as the ones who typically become Captains of their teams. And, most of thetime they are ones who speak for the league! I would suggest more often than not, there are others far more worthy. Landeskog in Coloarado has been made Captain of their team and is he 20 yet? Toews was a very young Captain and this seems to be the trend. I wonder how they might counsel a player who may suffer from personal issues (severe ilness/death in the family, depression, divorce, confidence issues etc.). The reality is, they don’t have the life experiences to effectively be a Captain. Indeed, they may be talented, but there is so much more to the role. In a labour dispute, again, the most gifted have their voices heard but are the best equipped to they speak for all the players? Are they the best choices. Parros, the great big lug who playes for Anaheim is an extremely inteligent man. He was given a hockey scholarship at Princeton where he played for 4 years. He majored in economics and wrote his senior thesis on the West Coast longshoremen’s labor dispute. He was recently named the 4th smartest professional athlete by the Sporting News! Yet, he may be passed over in the direct discussions with the Owners. Parros, not blessed with any real talent outside of his fisitcuffs, is a member of the 80% who God never blessed with a lot of skill…but he was blessed in in other ways. Who would you want to represent you in a labour dispute (any kind of dispute), Crosby, Doan and the like or, George Parros.

  12. OD99 says:

    Hey Bobby.

    I think that Petersson played but I may be wrong…pretty sure I saw him out there though.

    I heard the Zibby had the flu and apparently Lehner did something…odd and that is why he didn’t play at all.

    Pierre you are wrong about Silfverberg. No idea if you have been watching the games but I don’t think you could be if you think he has only been good on the PK or PP. He is getting better and better each game and finding more room and time to make plays. I am quite sure he has been jobbed out of 2 goals that he tipped in and he should have 5 more assists from gaping cages he has given to teammates.

    You can trash the Bingo team all you want but the reality is they are the youngest team in the league and they are one of the top teams now – how that translates to NHL success remains to be seen but this isn’t a veteran pro team doing this. It is mainly rookies and young pro’s – a few of whom are also getting acclimated to NA hockey.

    Prince has been surprisingly good and so have Grant and Claesson – guys who have been pleasant surprises.

    i would even say Wiercioch has been a surprise but it seems to me that it just shows how you can’t dismiss a player or crown a player too soon. In fact, although Wiercioch has shown great improvement so far this year I don’t take it as a sign he is going to be a NHL D but I do look at as progress.

    Zibby hasn’t had the impact some assumed he would but I think he is on track for what I expected. He hasn’t been a dynamic scorer before as far as I know and even though he clearly has the tools – speed, power, shot, awareness he just hasn’t found the way to be an impact player on the scoreboard. That said, he is at close to 1/2 point a game pace – is that all that terrible for a 19 year old?

    I don’t think anyone is planning a parade but there is nothing wrong with being happy that a young group of players who could become core players on the Ottawa Senators are enjoying success under a rookie coach in the AHL.

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