The far-reaching impact of yesterday’s plane crash in Russia which killed all but one player of KHL team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl…Update and reaction to Sidney Crosby’s press conference regarding his post-concussion symptoms…Cory Stillman to retire.
Yesterday’s plane crash in Russia which killed all but one member of KHL team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl has had far-reaching impact around the NHL community, as you’ll see by today’s collection of headlines.
KUKLA’S KORNER: presents footage of a news report on how the town of Yaroslavl is reacting to the tragedy.
NJ.COM: Rich Chere reports Devils star Patrik Elias’ close friend Karel Rachunek was among those who perished in yesterday’s crash.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson remembered former teammates Rachunek and Pavol Demitra.
PHILLY.COM: Sam Carchidi reports former Flyers Mark Howe and Brian Propp remember former teammate Brad McCrimmon, who was coach of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.
WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wieber reports Jets players Tobias Enstrom, Derek Meech and Shane Hnidy mourned McCrimmon, who had coached them in Atlanta and Detroit.
CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis reports McCrimmon’s dream of becoming a head coach led him to sign with Lokomotiv.
NEWS&OBSERVER.COM: Luke DeCock remembers former Hurricanes forward Josef “Big Joe” Vasicek.
BND.COM: reports former St. Louis Blues Keith Tkachuk, Scott Mellanby and Kelly Chase remember their old teammate Pavol Demitra.
LAKINGSINSIDER.COM: Rich Hammond with memories of former Kings forward Pavol Demitra.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Helene Elliott reports the local hockey community is reeling over the deaths of Demitra and Salei.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reports the death of former Wild forward Demitra is the second tragedy to strike the team. Former Wild enforcer Derek Boogaard passed away in May from an accidental overdose of painkillers.
TWINCITIES.COM: Bruce Brothers reports former Minnesota Wild star Marian Gaborik is mourning the loss of Demitra, who was his countryman, friend, inspiration and former linemate.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Mark Whicker remembers former Ducks defenseman Ruslan Salie as the ultimate professional.
DENVER POST: Terry Frei reports the Colorado Avalanche are “at a loss” regarding the deaths of former Avs Karlis Skrastins and Ruslan Salei.
MIAMI HERALD: Georges Richards reported Skrastins, Salei and Karpotsev were former Panthers, and noted Skrastins and Salei were traded for each other at the February 2008 trade deadline.
THE TENNESSEAN: Predators TV play-by-play man Peter Weber remembers former Predators defenseman Karlis Skrastins.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: reports Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk has released a statement mourning the death of former Star Strastins.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports former Rangers teammates of Alexander Karpotsov, including Mark Messier, Wayne Gretzky and Bruce Driver, are grieving his loss. Karpotsev was among the first Russian players to have their name engraved on the Stanley Cup, as he was part of the 1994 Rangers championship team.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: reports Karpotsev and Igor Korolev played several seasons with the Blackhawks. The team has issued a statement mourning the loss of the pair, along with the others who perished in the crash.
DETROIT NEWS: John Niyo reports the Red Wings are trying to come to grips with the passing of former Wings assistant coach Brad McCrimmon and former Wings Ruslan Salei and Stefan Liv.
TORONTO SUN: Lance Hornby reports former Maple Leafs GM Mike Smith and former player Kris King are mourning the passing of former Leaf Igor Korolev.
NEWSDAY.COM: reports former Islanders forward Alexei Yashin lost several friends on that flight, as did former Isles defenseman Radek Martinek, who was best friends with Josef Vasicek.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: David Pollak reports Sharks prospect Daniil Sobchenko was among those who perished in yesterday’s plane crash.
TORONTO STAR: Dave Feschuk reports Lokomotiv’s Finnish goalie coach Jorma Valtonen was supposed to be on the ill-fated flight, but a last-minute decision by management to leave him behind saved his life.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have my comments on yesterday’s tragedy in my Soapbox later today.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Shelly Anderson reported the key details from yesterday’s press conference given by Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and his doctors regarding his recovery from post-concussion symptoms. Crosby has made significant improvement and is expected to return to hockey in the future, but no deadline has been set. Crosby also called for the NHL to crack down on head shots.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples noted several pundits and bloggers were upset with Crosby for pressing ahead with his press conference so soon after the news of the deaths of the players on KHL team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, but defended Crosby, saying the real grief in the tragedy belongs to those closest to the deceased.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I agree with Staples, and would add that, without being callous, it’s a reminder that life still goes on.
THE PETERBOROUGH EXAMINER: reports veteran NHL winger Cory Stillman intends to announce his retirement today, joining the Florida Panthers in an off-ice role.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Puck Daddy Greg Wyshynski has a nice roundup of Stillman’s career.