Tuesdays with Dani: Boucher on last night, Stamkos' contract not close and Bob Probert's brain
Last night's loss still stings in the morning. Still more words from last night's loss to the Capitals coming from coach Boucher on the disallowed goal:
"I've looked at it about 15 times now with about 20 people in my office," Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher said. "Our guy never touched the goalie. It was their player's stick, and it's not a goal, then it has to be a penalty. It was a major tripping. That's a goal and that's 2-0, and that's probably the game." - TSN
But even with the disappointing loss, the Lightning don't have time to dwell on it since they play another difficult team tomorrow night in the Chicago Blackhawks.
After the jump your weekly links from around the interwebs...
- In Pierre LeBrun's blog on ESPN, he says that says that GM Steven Yzerman and Steven Stamkos' agent Don Meehan are not close to a new contract. Also has some really good stuff on the Coyotes situation as well
- Over at Lightning Hockey Blog, I evaluated Steven Stamkos' worth in a new contract and the factors that will play into his contract negotiations. Steve Yzerman really has his work cut out for him with Stamkos' contract and has Hedman's contract coming up right behind it
- Lyle Richardson writes at The Hockey News that if Roloson has a good post-season for the Lightning, he expects the team to sign him to a one-year contract extension
- Via Drew Remeda's blog, an article written by Mitch Albom on former Bolt, Shawn Burr's fight against cancer
- Hockey Blog in Canada profiles the Dave Andreychuk Foundation in their series of charitable organizations. Did you know on the foundation website that there is an option for kids to contact Andreychuk to ask him questions?
Links from around the NHL:
- New York Times article on Bob Probert and how this week, after examining Probert's brain tissue, researchers at Boston University have found the same degenerative disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, whose presence in more than 20 deceased professional football players cause the NFL to modify their rules to limit dangerous hits to the head
- Tie Domi breaks his silence on the findings of Bob Probert's brain by talking to Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun. Really good stuff on the player's perspective and why he won't go and get his brain checked out
- After seven years since the Todd Bertuzzi on Steve Moore incident, the matter has been officially set for trial with a date expected be announced next month. The trial is expected to begin in early 2012 as per Steve Simmons of Slam! Sports. You'll hear a ton more about this when we get closer to the trial date next year, but this may end up being the biggest sport-related trials to occur in Canadian courts
- Brian Burke spoke at Harvard Law school last week about hockey concussions calling them an "occupational risk" but that the NHL was "ahead of the curve" in (Harvard Crimson).
- Puck the Media's uncut interview with ESPN's John Buccigross
- Elliotte Friedman's 30 thoughts: Nothing's clear when it comes to Winnipeg and a great story by Kurtis Foster on when Stamkos was looking for goal #51 last season
- Mike Milbury changed his mind on the purpose of an enforcer while on the Hot Stove segment (skip to the 4 minute mark) on Hockey Night in Canada and people were up in arms about it. Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun discusses how it is refreshing that unlike Don Cherry, Mike Milbury did change his stance on the topic
- During the segment, Milbury said "The only reason we have fighting in the game is because we like it." The Kurtenblog discusses that further and what the difference between enjoying it and "deeming it necessary".
- In the New York Times: Six Western Conference teams to watch down the stretch
- The Sharks' Jason Demers explains how it was that he ended up punching a linesman (Puck Daddy)
- Dmitry Chesnokov of Puck Daddy interviews Pavel Datsyuk on the Red Wings' chances this year, superheroes and which book he is currently reading
- Copper and Blue with a really good post on how some fans dodge the truth about their team and instead want to hold on to their delusions about their team
- This past weekend the Canucks played a back to back game in Southern California. Many Vancouver Canuck fans took advantage of the scheduling and took a weekend vacation to watch the games. Puck Daddy has some of the photos and videos that came out of it. Gretzky ended up wearing a Canucks shirt, ok not Gretzky, but the statue of Gretzky did
- Video of Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks wandering in on Raffi Torres' interview while shirtless chomping down on some pizza (Pass it to Bulis)
And fail of the week goes to TBO.com for confusing the Vancouver Canucks with the Montreal Canadiens. Apparently all Canadian teams are the same these days