The Chicago Tribune’s Chris Kuc penned an insightful article about the post-hockey adjustments players make when their careers come to an end. For some, the years of abuse on the body take a toll mentally and physically, while for others, the completion of their career is a shock after a lifetime spent in hockey. Kuc profiled several former Blackhawks including Ben Eager, Daniel Carcillo, and Nick Boynton, all of whom have faced a mixture of different struggles after walking away from the sport. Boynton and Carcillo both faced dark thoughts, a combination of their careers ending and also from the damage inflicted after playing “hard nosed” hockey. Concussions, for all three players, certainly played a role in some of the “darkness” that all three players alluded to. All are involved with hockey after their professional careers–Carcillo and Eager both coaching youth hockey while Boynton is a radio analyst for the Arizona Coyotes. Carcillo also is the founder of Chapter 5, an organization designed to help former players transition into life after hockey.
- The Red Wings, who own the worst power play in hockey, are desperate to try anything–including the idea to give Steve Ott time on the man advantage. MLive’s Ansar Khan writes that the Wings are willing to do whatever it takes to wake their slumbering power play. The Red Wings have not scored a goal on the man advantage since October 19th, a span of 48 opportunities. Ott would replace Riley Sheahan, who has yet to score a goal this season, but the decision to replace the struggling Sheahan with a “grit-first” player in Ott seems counterproductive. Ott, who through 33 games has 4 points (2-2), was not signed for his goal scoring, and has on several occasions this season, taken penalties at inopportune times for Detroit. Ott did say that he realizes he isn’t the “answer.” From Khan:
The reason I would be there is to try to retrieve pucks and get pucks in the hands of players that make plays,” Ott said. “Sacrifice in front of the net, doing anything right now. We need to find ways to generate more momentum.”
Ott worked in with Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Tatar, Anthony Mantha and Niklas Kronwall. The other unit would replace defenseman Brendan Smith with speedy forward Andreas Athanasiou, who would join Gustav Nyquist at the point. Frans Nielsen, Dylan Larkin and Thomas Vanek would play up front. Meanwhile, Prashanth Iyer of Winging It In Motown broke down Detroit’s power play zone entry, and how it appears from a quantitative standpoint.