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Gonchar is out for at least a month. Who’s Martin Skoula ?

If you haven’t heard yet, Sergei Gonchar yesterday suffered a broken wrist that will keep him out at least 6-8 weeks and Dan Bylsma announced that recently signed Martin Skoula will be replacing him. Ray Shero signed Skoula to a one year contract on September 29th after Skoula’s crazy summer.  Skoula played the last three plus seasons for the Minnesota Wild becoming one of the most fan hated players that has ever played for them.

According to a friend of mine in Minnesota, Skoula would be better served being a statue.  The word on him is that he is afraid of contact, players skate around him at will and his ability to make the worst play at the worst time is most disenchanting. Minnesota’s fans hatred for him was so rampant that Minnesota declined to extend his contract in the off season. Leading to him getting offered a tryout with the Florida Panthers at their training camp in Nova Scotia this year. Days after that offer Florida released him and he had a tryout with the Columbus Blue Jackets who proceeded to drop him a few days after that, leading to him signing with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

In the meantime Skoula has been listed as a 2010 Czech Republic Olympic team candidate. How do you get turned down by a bunch of teams then make a preliminary Olympic roster? If you think the Czech’s put every Czech NHLer on their roster, think again, ex Penguin Robert Lang who plays for Phoenix isn’t even on the roster. 

Martin Skoula was once a solid defenseman in the NHL who has fallen on hard times at the young age of 29. It’s been said that Skoula was offered the position with the Penguins on the word of new Penguins assistant coach Tony Granato who was his head coach in Colorado.  Number 41 Martin Skoula was drafted 17th overall in 1998, he has played 724 NHL games, he has played on the Czech Olympic team, has won a Stanley Cup with Colorado and is a plus thirteen over all even though the last two years he has been a -28. He has consistently played almost 80 games a season, but that is a lot easier to do when your not dishing it out.

Hopefully being turned down by a few not so good teams combined with the coaching and teaching’s of Dan Bylsma lights a fire under Skoula’s arse and turn his game around. If not, I’m sure there’s a Lovejoy waiting in the wings for a chance to play.

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  1. shoot66's Gravatar shoot66
    October 22, 2009 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    What about Brian Strait or Alex Grant, give a youngster a chance because what will Ray do with Sergi on July 1st 2010??

    • McLovin's Gravatar McLovin
      October 22, 2009 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

      That’s a great question. I would bet how the Pens do over the next month without Gonchar will determin Shero’s move with Gonchar in the upcoming season. I imagine that if the Pens play just as good or close to as well, (I don’t think their going to win 8 of 9 even with Gonchar) that Gonchars days here are numbered.

      It’s all over the internet that the Penguins are interested in Frolov from the LA Kings, I don’t think it’s true, but we could be in the hunt for a winger.

  2. Darius K's Gravatar Darius K
    October 22, 2009 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    Lovejoy isn’t even the first guy on the list to be called up from W/B. They would probably call up Guenin first.

  3. RBuckle's Gravatar RBuckle
    October 22, 2009 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Lovejoy is out with a seperated shoulder, has been practicing/skating with the baby Penguins and will start playing again this weekend. Hopefully he’s good to go just in case.

    I imagine with the fans in Minn. down on Skoula and the dictatorship of Lemaire at coach there, Skoula probably just got bored and gave up. I bet he can still play well.


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