Roberto Luongo was devastated Tim Thomas got traded

Roberto Luongo Tim ThomasTim Thomas was traded to the Dallas Stars on Wednesday, meaning hockey fans are not going to get to see the drama that could have unfolded if Thomas and Roberto Luongo had to coexist as teammates. It was no secret that the two goaltenders were not fans of each other after Luongo criticized Thomas’ style of play during the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals.

Unless Luongo and Thomas somehow managed to bury the hatchet and become best friends over the last 24 hours, the tweet Luongo sent on Wednesday afternoon is hilarious.

As you might expect, Thomas did not seem happy when the Florida Panthers chose to acquire another goalie earlier this week — let alone one he has a history with.

Either the Panthers intended to trade Thomas all along or he forced his way out of town when Luongo came aboard. Either scenario would be perfectly conceivable.

Daniel Alfredsson picks his teeth up off ice (Video)

Daniel-Alfredsson-teethDetroit Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson became the latest victim of tooth loss in the NHL on Tuesday night. Late in the second period, Alfredsson and New Jersey Devils center Andrei Loktionov were fighting for position behind the net when Loktionov caught him in the face with an inadvertent high stick. It did some damage.

Alfredsson had to skate around to find his teeth — of which there appeared to be two missing — after being hit in the mouth. He returned to the bench with his Chiclets in hand and did not miss a single shift. He was scheduled to have a dentist appointment on Wednesday morning.

We have already seen not one but two NHL players pull out their own teeth after being hit in the mouth this season. At age 41, you would think Alfredsson is getting too old for this s—. His 14 goals and 23 assists would seem to disagree.

Video via SI.com’s Home Ice

Michal Rozsival accidentally punches linesman in the face (Video)

Michal-Rozsival-punches-refAs an NHL linesman, Andy McElman is aware that breaking up fights is part of his job description. There’s always a risk involved when you get in the middle of a couple of 220-pound athletes, but most officials will go their entire career without being decked in the face. McElman wasn’t so lucky.

On Tuesday night, Colorado Avalanche center Maxime Talbot got into it with Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival after Rozsival cross-checked him following a whistle in the third period. McElman tried to break the scrum up before it escalated, and he ended up catching a right hand from Rozsival square to the face.

The punch knocked McElman to the ice. This wasn’t like when a WWE ref gets flicked and goes flying out of the ring, either. McElman took an actual punch right to the biscuit. That’s what I call an occupational hazard.

Video via CSNChicago.com

Roberto Luongo traded to Florida Panthers, will team with Tim Thomas

Roberto Luongo Tim ThomasRoberto Luongo has been part of trade rumors surrounding the Vancouver Canucks for a few years, so it was about time the team finally dealt him. The Canucks sent Luongo back to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday — a day before the trade deadline — in exchange for Jacob Markstrom and Shawn Matthias.

Luongo was benched for backup goalie Cory Schneider in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. There was speculation that Luongo would be traded for the next couple of seasons, including 2012-2013, when Schneider was made the team’s starter. But it was Schneider who was traded in June, which made Luongo the team’s starter again. But that only lasted so long — Luongo had been benched since the Olympics — and now he is headed back to Florida.

One interesting aspect of this trade is that Luongo will now be teammates with Tim Thomas. The two had a lot of friction during the 2011 Stanley Cup finals between the Canucks and Boston Bruins.

Luongo criticized Thomas’ style of goaltending after the Canucks beat the Bruins 1-0 in Game 5 of the finals, saying he would have made the save on the puck Thomas made through (this despite him having a bad series to that point). But the Bruins won the Stanley Cup, and Thomas later said he thought Luongo mistook a compliment he gave his counterpart.

Now that the two are teammates, they will have the chance to clear everything up.

Dale Weise took a skate to the face and ended up with this nasty cut

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Montreal Canadiens forward Dale Weise took a skate to the face during Saturday night’s 4-3 overtime win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Being the true, tough hockey player that he is, Weise did not let the bloody cut keep him out of the game long. He received stitches and returned to the game. But he ended up with one nasty, jagged cut by his lip. Teammate George Parros tweeted this picture of how it looked.

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Jaromir Jagr becomes 7th player in NHL history to score 700 goals (Video)

Prior to Saturday, only six players in NHL history had scored 700 or more career goals. During the New Jersey Devils’ 6-1 rout of the New York Islanders the club gained another member.

In the second period, Jaromir Jagr put the puck in the back of the net for the 19th time this season, taking his career tally to 700.

Goals against the Islanders are certainly nothing new for Jagr. Saturday’s milestone was No. 61, the most he’s scored against any team in his 20-year career.

Immediately ahead of Jaromir Jagr on the league’s all-time list is Mike Gartner, who has 708. The top five spots are occupied by Wayne Gretzky (894), Gordie Howe (801), Brett Hull (741), Marcel Dionne (731), and Phil Esposito (717).


Sean Avery to appear on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Sean AverySean Avery will be the latest ex-athlete to join the cast of “Dancing With the Stars,” according to a report.

The New York Post’s Page Six says Avery, the former New York Rangers forward, has been working out in preparation for the show.

After retiring from hockey in 2012, Avery began working in the fashion industry, which was one of his interests during his playing career. The fashion agency for whom he had been working closed last year.

This spring will mark the 18th season of the show and that means Avery will be the latest in the long line of ex-athletes to join the program. I’m surprised he’s willing to participate in the show despite being like the 20th athlete to do it; I thought he wasn’t big on sloppy seconds … or thirds or fourths.