Read: Why NHLers Have A Tougher Time Tearing It Up In Europe

https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQMGdhR7XKKtucoxQBt_rmgoCyMJjoeFKkrYldOgFBJzCprQLztpgIn the latest issue of The Hockey News, with Sidney Crosby on the cover, Ken Campbell writes about North American players and the expectation that they could just come into the European leagues and instantly become scoring leaders.

He says that expecting players to put forth the same kind of effort that they do in the NHL when when they are paid so little and run the risk of getting seriously injured.

Campbell also says that some players don’t understand that while the talent level in Europe may not be the same, the competition level is still very high.

He spoke with former NHLer and current GM of Jokerit (Finnish league) Jarmo Kekalainen who said, “this isn’t the the type of league where a guy can come and tear it up. It’s not NHL caliber but it’s very competitive. A big problem for guys is they come here and we’ve already played 25 games and they’re not in game shape. Psychologically, some of the guys think it’s going to be easy.”

Kekalainen also adds that the players love to play against the NHLers and prove they can play on the same level.

Of the three remaining Rangers playing in Europe:

  • Rick Nash has 10 goals and six assists in 15 games.
  • Derek Stepan has two goals and one assist in seven games
  • Michael Del Zotto has 1 goal and 3 assists in six games

Buzz: Michael Del Zotto Could Play For Canada In The Spengler Cup

http://www.jerseydatabase.com/jerseys/backs/54/9/54942.pngBruce Garrioch writes in the Ottawa Sun that Michael Del Zotto could get invited to play for Team Canada in the upcoming Spengler Cup which starts after Christmas.

The Spengler Cup is a six team tournament held in Davos, Switzerland every year. Rick Nash and Joe Thornton will play for Davos in the tournament.

Garrioch says that the Canadian team is usually comprised of Canadian players who are playing in Switzerland and could include players like Tyler Seguin, Patrice Bergeron, John Tavares, Logan Couture and Brooks Laich who are already playing in Switzerland.

Del Zotto is playing for the Lakers in Switzerland.

Mark Messier coached Canada in the Spengler Cup in 2010.

THIS SECTION is all about Del Zotto and the Lakers.

Del Zotto played for Team Canada in the World Championships following his rookie season.

Read/Watch: The Rangers Should Be Pushing For The End Of the Lockout To Get Henrik Lundqvist Back on the Ice

Following his 56 save performance in a charity game on Saturday night, Henrik Lundqvist was the main topic of conversation as his game looked to be in top shop even as Hank hadn’t played in a game since May.

Simon Gagne, who was stopped many times by Lundqvist told the Daily News that the Rangers may want to think about trying to put an end to the lockout.

“The Rangers should call the league and tell them we should start playing pretty soon, because he’s (throwing) away a lot of talent right now. Even in a game for fun, we’re taking real shots, (making) real plays, and he was very tough to beat.”

Scott Hartnell made similar comments after the game about how the Rangers would want to get back on the ice and take advantage of Lundqvist.


Note: Michael Del Zotto Didn’t Play For The Lakers Yesterday/Back or Foot Injury?

As first pointed out by Melissa, Michael Del Zotto didn’t play for the Lakers yesterday in Switzerland.

The Swiss National website notes that Del Zotto is injured and the team website just notes that they played without him.

A Lakers message board, indicates that Del Zotto is suffering from back issues but this report says that Del Zotto suffered a foot injury over the weekend.

Many fans of the Lakers have not been happy with how Del Zotto has been playing for them and claim he has made countless defensive mistakes. Many want Del Zotto replaced with Derrick Walser.

Some fans say that Del Zotto just needs more time to get used to the bigger ice surface.