In his contract year, Filip Kuba is playing much better hockey than he did a season ago.
Seems to happen with a lot of guy for some reason. Hmmm.
But maybe Kuba’s success has to do with coaching.
“He’s played real well for me,” Paul MacLean said in Dallas Wednesday.
Either way, the Senators will miss the big guy if he can’t go Thursday night against the Stars because of an upper body injury. Kuba, whose done an especially good job on the penalty kill, is a plus-3. He’d really have to fall apart to get anywhere near his minus-26 of a season ago.
MacLean left the door open for Matt Carkner to take his place, but it’s much more likely the coach will insert Brian Lee into Kuba’s spot.
But both Carkner and Chris Neil are very close to being ready to return from injury.
MacLean was in his usual upbeat mood Wednesday, and part of it most certainly had to do with his team’s 6-4 win over Winnipeg the night before.
After his scrum with the Ottawa media, he told everybody to have a good and safe day.
“Be careful out there,” he said in the lobby of the team’s Dallas hotel. “And stay away from the bookstore.
Want to share with you a quick story that was edited out of Cheapseats from Winnipeg because I wrote too long.
Zenon Konopka, remembering a playoff series he had against the Manitoba Moose when he was a member of the Syracuse Crunch.
“We were the toughest team in the league,” said Konopka. “(Jon) Mirasty, (Derek) Dorsett … we had a tough time finding fights. I think we won the first game, and the next morning I come in (to the dressing room) and one of the guys shows me the Winnipeg newspaper. One of their guys, (Nolan) Baumgartner, was in it saying he’ll do anything for the team, he’ll fight anybody. So I took the paper out for the warmup, and when me and Mirasty were stretching at centre, I put it down at centre, and said to him ‘Hey, you said you’d fight anyone. We’ve got a list of guys, pick who you want.’ Mike Keane was the (Manitoba) captain and he’s like ‘Zee, you can’t be doing that’. I’m like, ‘Well, I just thought I’d help the guy out.’”