Friday, June 17, 2011
In the meantime, here are a few tidbits for the PucKato faithful still lurking about in the offseason:
Morin re-ups with Dallas
Former Mavericks captain Travis Morin (pictured) signed a new, two-way contract with the Dallas Stars earlier this month. Morin, who got his first, brief call to the show last season (a promotion that caused him to miss the American Hockey League all-star game), will stay in Texas, where he has played primarily for the Stars' AHL team, also called the Stars. Interestingly, Dallas hired its AHL coach, Glen Gulutzan, as its new bench boss. Morin has done very well for Texas in the past two years, so maybe he'll get to keep playing for Gulutzan next season.
Fans love Backes
St. Louis Blues fans voted former MSU standout David Backes as the team's MVP and best forward. Backes led St. Louis in goals (31), assists (31) and points (62) and was second in the league in plus/minus with a +32, trailing only Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara who was +33. Backes was one of only three NHL players last season to record at least 30 goals and 200 hits. The others were Alex Ovechkin and Brendan Morrow. The only other player in the NHL to have at least 30 goals, 30 assists and a +30 was Daniel Sedin.
Denver goalie goes down
Denver goaltender Sam Brittain, who had a fabulous freshman season last year, will miss most if not all of next year after suffering a torn ACL. He apparently injured the knee against North Dakota in the WCHA Final Five title game but apparently didn't realize the full extent of the injury until the knee was tested recently at a goaltending camp in Canada.
Mankato West girls hockey standout Katy Kvasnicka has committed to play college hockey at Division III St. Thomas.
Posted by Shane Frederick at 3:50 PM