EuroVision: Leafs’ Lupul slams Bettman break

Toronto Maple Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul was suspended by the NHL for an illegal check to the head.

EuroVision: Highlights, notes, tweets and photos from across the pond — where the lockout doesn’t quite translate

Even when languishing in the depths of Russia on the KHL’s worst team, Joffrey Lupul refuses to bite his tongue.

They still have the Interweb over there, after all.

The Toronto Maple Leafs star, who has never been shy about sharing his frustration with the lockout, responded to the news that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman suggested the players and owners take a two-week break from negotiations.

Do you sense some sarcasm in Lupul’s latest tweet, sent Friday from across the pond?

Lupul made his debut for Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg on Wednesday. He tweeted that he will be forced to miss his lockout club’s next road game due to passport issues.

You know how this year’s Hall of Fame induction brought about so much Pavel Bure nostalgia as we dusted off great highlights of his speedy puck movement?

Well, when he finally calls it, I can imagine the highlight packages of Pavel Datsyuk’s career – surely focusing more on the hands than the feet – will be busting at the seams.

In addition to all of the Detroit Red Wings moments, perhaps the editors will splice in a few fond moments from that old 2012 lockout, when Datyuk suited up for CSKA in the KHL and knocked in a goal with his head.

Or the time he weaved through practically the entire Amur squad for this beauty:

(Let’s just hope they chose a different backing track, though.)

Mike Keenan is going to coach again.

Iron Mike, now 63, will reclaim his rightful spot behind the bench… in the hockey hotbed of Israel.

Set to guide Maccabi Canada’s July 2013 entry in the Maccabiah Games in Israel, Keenan will oversee a club that is expected to include a mix of pro players from the AHL and ECHL, plus NCAA and junior talent.

Canada won the Maccabiah gold in 1997, the only other time the Games included ice hockey as a sport.

“I’m really excited about it. It’s a place I’ve never been,” Keenan told The Canadian Jewish News on Friday. “It will be a new experience, a new opportunity to learn about [Israel] first hand. It will be very interesting.”

Keenan’s link to the Jewish community stretches back to the ’70s. He coached at Forest Hill Collegiate in Toronto for five years and remains close with many members of the Jewish community. Keenan’s first wife is Jewish, and his daughter was brought up in the faith.

For those scoring at home, this is the first time EuroVision has sourced The Canadian Jewish News for a hockey story.

New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan scores a nasty shooutout goal in Finland. Fast-forward to the 2:30 mark:

Another update on L.A. Kings defender Alec Martinez as he recovers from an injury sustained when he took a slap shot to the face playing for Finland’s TPS early this week:

Amazing. Fourth-liner Paul Bissonnette has swindled the British into believing that he’s an “NHL star”:

First they take our players, then they pull a coup on our video games…