Saturday, December 14, 2013
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Now in today's game, most big hits, even legal ones, seems to be followed by a call to arms by someone on the other team. That scenario has become increasingly commonplace over the past decade. This is not a Boston Bruins problem or a Thornton problem. This is an NHL problem with significant consequences. First, it sometimes leads to the kind of scary situation we had Saturday night when Orpik was attacked by Thornton. Second, it discourages legal hitting, which most of us seem to want in the game. Why would any player in today's game want to deliver a heavy hit? If he does, he probably will be asked to fight. If the league doesn't address this at some point, the big hit is going to become an endangered species or we are going to have more situations like we had Saturday when the Pittsburgh Penguins' Orpik obviously felt he shouldn't have to fight because he delivered a legal hit on Loui Eriksson earlier in the game and Thornton believed he should fight.The logic of Thornton is clear in this situation. Ericksson is a smaller player who was already knocked into kingdom come earlier in the season by Sabres' tough guy Jon Scott. The Bruins want to send a message to anyone who hits Ericksson that they will have to pay for it. The question is: Do we want teams using intimidation to protect their players from clean body checks? What's next? Why not just sucker-punch anybody who scores a power play goal against your team? Or any goalie who makes a big save?
Monday, December 9, 2013
Sunday, December 8, 2013
“Listen, I feel awful,” he said. “It wasn’t my intention for that outcome. I know Brooksie, I’ve gotten to know him over the past several years. I got to skate with him during the lockout. I texted him a couple of times. I feel awful. It was definitely not what I wanted to see or what anyone wanted to see. “Obviously I made a mistake. I’m aware of it. I’ve been told I’ll be having a hearing. It’s hard for me to say much more than it was not my intention. I felt sick all game. “It’s always my job, I guess, to defend my teammates, but I’ve prided myself for a long time to stay within the lines. It’s hard for me to talk about it right now. I can’t say I’m sorry enough, and I’m sure I’ll be criticized for saying it, but it’s true. I just hope he’s doing all right. I heard he’s conscious and talking. I’m happy to hear that. “I really don’t know how to answer that right now [if this will change the way he plays], to tell you the truth. I haven’t had enough time to think about it.”Hard to want to forgive a player after he pulls a cheap shot like that, whether it was part of a heated game or not. Thornton wasn't the only player to step out of line on Saturday (but that's nothing out of the ordinary, it happens pretty much every night in the only professional sport that seems content to let the inmates run the asylum), but that fact, or the fact that hockey lives its life on the edge where respect for the opponent is a mere afterthought after egregious acts of violence, doesn't make Thornton's actions forgivable at this point. It's certainly no way to treat a friend. Look, hockey is a tough sport, and everybody that loves the game takes pride in that fact, but sucker punching guys when the aren't prepared to defend themselves is more criminality than old-fashioned hockey. There's no place for it, and no apology will make it acceptable. What do you think?
Friday, December 6, 2013
The hit stared out as an innocent-looking attempt to separate Boychuk from a puck that was approaching him along the boards. But as Pacioretty made contact, Boychuk turned to get the puck and the hit went from shoulder-to-shoulder to shoulder-to-back. If you’re arguing for a suspension, you could point out that while there was almost certainly no malice on Pacioretty’s part, it was a reckless play. Much of what made it reckless was that Pacioretty failed to let up and hit Boychuk while he was in a vulnerable position and a dangerous position from the boards. Pacioretty received a minor penalty for boarding on the play, but you can be certain Shanahan will look at it hundreds of times tonight to determine whether it merits a hearing and supplemental suspension. And it should. It was a reckless hit on a vulnerable opponent. The same way players have to be responsible for their sticks, they also have to be responsible for their bodies. These hits will keep happening unless they’re penalized with real consequences regardless of intent.For the record, we agree with Campbell. The hit should be looked it. No malice, and the fact that Pacioretty got Boychuk from behind (ever so slightly) has a lot to do with the fact that Boychuk was angling into the boards to corral the puck. But while these types of hits are not malicious or even 100 percent intentional, they are the types of hits that are leading to a lot of players getting wheeled off on stretchers. Shanahan and Co. should take a close look at this play and think about some type of discipline on Pacioretty. It could go a long way in terms of encouraging players to use caution and go in easier on these types of plays where opponents are vulnerable.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
That leaves Sabres goalie Ryan Miller as the obvious choice, but the risk involved in swapping for Buffalo’s netminder would be high — for both sides. There’s no reason for the Sabres to do anything to help New York. Remember, Buffalo acquired, conditionally, the Islanders’ first-round pick in 2014, as well as a second-rounder in ’15, as part of the Thomas Vanek for Matt Moulson deal. It’s in the Sabres’ best interest then to see New York fail. And even if Islanders GM Garth Snow was willing to pay Buffalo’s price (a high pick and a solid, though not elite, prospect), it might mean putting his job on the line. Miller and Vanek are pending UFAs, and if both walked after Snow had emptied New York’s coffers to acquire them, the losses would be devastating to the franchise. So what’s likely to happen? Look for Snow to make two smaller deals: one to acquire a goalie with some longer-term potential, and one for a veteran defenseman to shore up the Islanders’ shaky blue line.To that I will add: If I was Garth Snow and had been fleeced by the Sabres once in 2013, I'd probably turn my attention to another trading partner. The Islanders need one if not two defenseman, and yes, they do need to find a long-term solution at goalie, which Miller currently isn't. And even if the Isles do want to make a pitch for Miller, they'll have every opportunity to do that on July 1 when the American becomes a UFA. As far as Miller's current value in light of Henrik Lundqvist's seven-year deal with the Rangers, Muir had some thoughts on that as well:
Speaking of Miller, what’s he worth now in the wake of Henrik Lundqvist’s seven-year, $59.5 million deal? At 33, Miller is two years older than the King, so it’s hard to see anyone giving him a contract that match’s the length of Lundqvist’s agreement, but the average annual value might not be that far off. Something in the neighborhood of four years and $26 million for Miller seems likely, although another bravura Olympic performance for Team USA could up the ante.Sounds about right. But Miller sounds like a bargain at that price. Expect him to light up the league once he gets a new lease on life, preferable with a team that can play in front of him.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The Rangers scheduled a news conference for after practice Wednesday at the Madison Square Garden Training Center. "Since his arrival in New York in 2005, Henrik has consistently been one of the elite goaltenders in the NHL," Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather said in a statement. "He is a proud representative of the tradition and class of this organization and we are excited to have him remain as a cornerstone of the franchise." The Swedish netminder will earn an average of $8.5 million per season, making him the highest-paid goaltender in the NHL, based on annual average value. "He's paying for dinner, that's for sure," Ryan Callahan said after practice Wednesday. Lundqvist, who won the Vezina Trophy in 2011-12, has said since September that he wanted to stay in New York with the team that drafted him in 2000. He was in the final season of a six-year extension which paid him an average salary of $6.877 million. The goaltender has declined to discuss the negotiations since opening night.So much for that Cam Talbot controversy, which was sparked when the Rangers' rookie got back-to-back starts recently. So
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
The 7 million dollar question? Is Snow ready to do that or is he hanging on to the pipe dream of signing Vanek to a lucrative extension and hoping that the other pieces of the puzzle somehow fall into place on Long Island? Hopefully Snow is not that naive. More than likely, Vanek will set sail for another city, whether the Isles want him to stay or not, so why not look for deep-pocketed teams that covet what Vanek brings to the table (and really, who doesn't covet what Vanek brings?)and try to shore up the beleaguered defense and goaltending corps. If Snow plays his cards right, his Islanders could wind up better off than they were before they gave up Matt Moulson and two draft picks for Vanek in October. Both Moulson and Vanek are free agents in the off-season, so the Islanders could spin Vanek for a true impact defenseman and a prospect or pick, and maybe even take a shot at signing Moulson (who clearly has great chemistry with John Tavares, and could be signed at a much cheaper price than Vanek would) in the off-season. The Islanders aren't a very good team right now, but another phase of rebuilding might help them get to where they thought they were heading into this season--a formidable playoff team with cup aspirations. With Vanek and the Minnesota Wild already linked as a potential match, maybe the scoring-challenged Wild would be willing to deal for the former Golden Gopher? Or how about the Phoenix Coyotes, who are stacked on the blue line and also struggle to score? There's plenty of time until the NHL's trade deadline, and the Islanders don't need to rush. But they should be committed to getting something for Vanek before he departs for greener pastures. It's painfully obvious that the Islanders can't afford Vanek with their basement payroll and still continue to improve the depth and talent on their roster, so why should they even entertain the notion of keeping him?
Time to fire up the Thomas Vanek trade rumor circus again.— Matt Larkin (@THNMattLarkin) December 2, 2013
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Nice work from the home fans...
The tank was amazing today, will never forget that! Thanks for all the texts and hats..Even in the driveway at home! pic.twitter.com/OCK3TSafZe— Brent Burns (@Burnzie88) November 30, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
"To put the Toronto Maple Leafs analytics-defying season into perspective, consider the following: In the past 15 NHL seasons, there has been one team that has finished the season being outshot by a wider average margin than the Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres are in 2013-14. Think about that for a moment. If you multiply the number of teams in the NHL by those 15 seasons, you come up with 441 total teams. And just one of them – or just 0.23 percent – was outshot by more than the 9.7 shots per game by which opponents are outshooting the Maple Leafs and the 10.8 by which the Sabres are being outshot this season. The ’01-02 Atlanta Thrashers, who finished dead last in the NHL that season, were outshot by an average of 11.3 shots per game."Or maybe the Leafs are better than their current analytics suggest, and they will start to trend upwards in the shots on goal and face-offs won departments, making the whole point of this article moot. Analytics can only take us so far. The fact of the matter is that the Leafs are playing well (or at least they were until last night), and they've been doing it all with significant injuries down the middle. When their centermen get healthy, things could--and should--change. Still, Campbell's theorizing is worth consideration, especially after last night's laugher. Are the Leafs for real? Or are they pretending? Time will tell. It always does.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
"There’s been a lot said about a lot of things, but let me say something: If the score [had] been 1-1, I would have said 'Hey, what a goal!’ But I want you people out there to think about this: I want you think if Martin Biron was your son or your brother in an 8-2 [game], and everybody's laughing at him. "I’m going to say something about the kid. He didn’t think he did anything wrong. He played in the Czech Republic last year. This is what they do. You can see him laughing at it. He didn't understand. And kids, you don't do that."In reference to MacArthur's dazzling assist, Cherry had the following to say:
"Look at the score, look at the score, look at the score--1-0. And you said 'Well you praise him and you didn't do it with Hertl.' It was 8-0. What a play that was."
"Beginning Monday in St. Louis, nine of the Wild’s next 11 games come against the top five teams in the Western Conference and the current eighth-place team – in order, Anaheim, Chicago, St. Louis, San Jose, Colorado and Phoenix. Those six teams are a combined 95-26-14 (.756). Of those teams, the Wild has only played Anaheim and Chicago this season, going a combined 1-1-1. So by mid-December, we’ll all get a really good sense of the Wild."Should be interesting. The Wild have been solid all season, but if Harding and their power play come back to earth, they could be in a bit of trouble here. They'll begin their grueling stretch on Monday at St. Louis against the 16-3-3 Blues.
Friday, November 22, 2013
The simultaneous minors to Jagr and Brown resulted in the teams skating 3-on-3 for two minutes in overtime. The NHL general managers discussed at their meeting last week in Toronto possibly adding some 3-on-3 time at the end of OT after the five minutes of 4-on-4 as a potential way of cutting down on the number of shootouts. The end-to-end action and five total shots on goal – three for the Kings and two for the Devils (plus an Eric Gelinas’ redirection that went wide) – during the 3-on-3 might generate more supporters for the idea. “It was different for sure,” Devils goaltender Cory Schneider said. “I think guys were kind of looking at each other off the draw and saying, ‘What do we do now?’ As a goalie, it’s probably not going to help our goals-against or our win-loss total because there’s probably going to be plenty of chances, but I’m sure all the GMs are going to watch that tape and see how exciting it was and how the crowd was into it and try to push it forward. So, we’ll see.”There seems to be mixed feelings about whether or not a three-on-three element (if the four-on-four overtime does not decide the outcome of an overtime game) would be the right approach. One thing is for certain: Too many shootouts deciding NHL games is not being interpreted as a good thing right now. There have already been 52 shootouts in 335 games this season, meaning more than 15 percent of games are being decided by them. Red Wings GM Ken Holland has come out strongly in favor of it, as have others, such as Bruins' Milan Lucic.
“I didn’t really have a chance to see Wayne (Gretzky) when he was doing the 200-point season in Edmonton,” said Jagr, whose goal was also his team-leading ninth of the season. “When I came in the league, I was playing with Mario, so he was the guy I was looking up to. I know Wayne got all the records, but, to me, I had a better chance to look for Mario. I could see him every day in practice the way he plays. He was a huge influence on the game I play. I learned so many things from him. “There’s not many people who get to play with the best player in the world, so I’m going to tell all the young kids when you have a chance to come in the league and you play with the best player in the world, watch him because you can learn a lot. I was pretty lucky to see him at his best. “I tied him, but he played (497) less games than me,” Jagr said. “This is just a number. He didn’t play many games. If he would play as many games as I did, he would have 2,500 points and probably 900 goals.”
Thursday, November 21, 2013
But honestly, that ridiculous pass had to take a back seat to what Calgary's Reto Berra did against the Blue Jackets last night. A bicycle save? Are you kidding me? Seriously, this is the save of the century, no, the save of the millenium. The commentator subtly states: "You won't see that everyday." Translated, it means: "I've just seen god and he is wearing a waffle!" Seriously. Best. Save. Ever. Pele has nothing on Reto Berra. And last but not least we have the Pittsburgh Penguins taking tic-tac-toe to a brand new level, somewhere out there where ping-pong meets skydiving with a blow torch. Is this not the prettiest set of one-touch passes finished off by the coolest one-timer that you've seen in, say, the last 47,000 years? Am I getting carried away? Can you blame me? How do you not freak out when three plays like this happen on the same night in the NHL?
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
My pet peeve of the season is about the league being too tolerant with bullies. Bullies in this case being players who start fights with opponents who have no interest in dropping the gloves. A recent example happened Saturday night when the Edmonton Oilers visited the Calgary Flames. Closing in on a loose puck in the corner, Calgary’s Lee Stempniak decked Edmonton defenseman Andrew Ference to the ice with a 100 percent clean shoulder-to-shoulder check. Ference was clearly disturbed that he was outmuscled in his own end by an opponent in his same weight class (5-foot-11, 190-ish pounds). He skated over to Stempniak, tried to engage a fight, then dropped his gloves and started punching. Stempniak had no interest in fighting and was held back from trying to return to the play. After taking a few punches to the face, Stempniak fell to the ice and emerged with a bloody chops and spitting out a displaced tooth. Nice work Ference. Very classy. Bet you feel great about yourself for doing that. Whatever happened to the age-old notion of getting the guy’s numbers and returning the favor with a clean hit the next battle for a loose puck? I guess it’s easier being a bully. The two players got five minutes each for fighting and Ference got an extra two for roughing. In my mind, that’s not enough. I’d implore the league to investigate bullying cases such as these and issue supplementary discipline. Thuggery like that shouldn’t be permitted. Say what you want about the dancing bears out on the ice and their scripted fights, but at least they both willing participants. Punching an opponent simply because he got the better of you on a hockey play should not be tolerated. An extra two minutes is not nearly enough. It’s far more damaging to the game than scripted fights.Costello's argument struck me as the most sensible, compassionate take on the NHL's true problem with fighting. The fact is that some players are interested in playing the game the proper way. Clean hits, crisp passes, hard skating, so on and so forth. They don't want to fight, and haven't developed the techniques to protect themselves out there on the ice. Should they really be hassled into a fight when all they want to do is join the rush, gather up the puck and help their teams win? And should the NHL really continue to discourage truly talented (and yes, tough) hockey players by allowing bullies to take offense and punch their faces in whenever they make a clean hit or good play on them? I mean really, why not just grab Martin St. Louis after he scores a goal and punch a hole in his throat, a-la Dale Hunter on Pierre Turgeon? If Ference is allowed to punch Stempniak in the face every which way just because he got lit up by him along the boards, where do we draw the line? There is too much of this dog doo in hockey at every level, and the true playmaking and creativity suffers at the expense of lugheads who choose fisticuffs as their only mode of competition (in Ference's case he has other modes, but you get our drift). The NHL is stifled, with leaden-skating, swollen-knuckled fourth lines and minor leagues full of inherently violent yahoos, and yet the culture of hockey is that it's all good because everybody wants to see blood on the ice when they pay for a ticket? Hockey is pathetic for thinking that it needs this junk in the game. I'm sorry but it really is. This is just one example of about fifty that we will see between now and Christmas, by the way. It's not just Ray Emery, or Andrew Ference. It happens every night on every sheet of ice, from the NHL to mites. It would be so easy to stop if the boys at the top just had the courage. And it would be so good for the quality of the game, from top to bottom. Anyhow, we'll get off our soapbox now. Just wanted to give a sticktap to Costello for a job well done.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
“Yeah, he says it's gutless, and this is the same guy who ratted on his team about a Vegas trip. So I don't really care about his opinion, to be honest."The whole incident was nothing personal, Stewart said:
“I mean, he's a veteran in this league and I have the utmost respect for him, by far. It was nothing personal against him in the aftermath. It's just emotions got the better of me and that was it. We handled it. It's nothing I had planned, that's for sure,” he said. “But when you see the fans and they're all fired up after that happens, you can't really explain that feeling inside. It's not something I'm going to do every time, but it just happened.”The take-away: The Blues next meeting with the Avs (Nov. 27th in Colorado) ought to be a real hum-dinger, and J.S. Giguere really ought to learn that what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
All good folks. Got popped behind the earhole! Weird spot. Appreciate the concern n support!!— Eric Nystrom (@enystrom23) November 16, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
"Fighting helps hold players accountable for their actions on the ice, even more so than penalties. If it was taken out of the game, I believe there would be more illegal stickwork, most of it done out of sight of the referees; more slashes to the ankles or wrists, and in between pads; and more cross checks to the tailbone. Incidents of players taking such liberties are rare in today's game because fighting gives us the ability to hold each other accountable. If you play dirty, you're going to have to answer for it."In other words, according to Iginla, the inmates need to run the asylum, or else there would be no justice in the NHL. Is he right? All you have to do is look at Olympic hockey, International junior hockey or NCAA hockey, and form your own opinions. All three leagues are much cleaner and played with a higher degree of mutual respect between opponents, than the NHL. Whether or not fighting has a place in the game is certainly up for debate, but arguing that it really is the primary mode of player accountability (a point also argued by Brian Burke a few weeks ago in the piece he penned for USA Today) is somewhat ludicrous. Players can drop the gloves all they want, but it is up to the NHL, its refs, and the framework of the rulebook to determine how the game is played. That is the way it works in the NFL, an equally voilent sport that doesn't seem to need fighting to police cheap shots. Another excerpt from Iginla states that their is a purpose behind every NHL fight:
"There is a purpose behind almost every fight. I have fought -- and my teammates have, too -- to stick up for myself or to stand up for a teammate who had been the victim of dirty play. And I do acknowledge that fighting can provide an emotional lift for a team. A player who drops his gloves and puts himself in harm's way on behalf of his teammates is selfless and courageous. And those are qualities that all hockey players respect."It may be true, but there is also a purpose behind every cheap shot in the NHL -- and that doesn't necessarily make them right, or courageous. Take Ray Emery's beatdown of Braden Holtby a few weeks ago. The purpose was intimidation and to provide his team with an emotional lift. Apparently it has worked for the Flyers, who seen to have gained traction after that game, but is it worth it given that the cost could be brain damage for a player who was goaded into a fight he clearly did not wish to participate in? Take a look at the photo of Iginla throwing down with Radko Gudas at the top of the page--what is Iginla's purpose on that play? Iginla can argue all he wants that fighting helps hold players accountable for their actions, but if the players doing the cheap shots actually enjoy the fights that come with it, how is a fight going to deter them from head-hunting the next guy? Actually some of the commenters on the SI article made more sense that Iginla (and I'll admit, share TSP's views on the matter) so we'll print a few here: rkcla08
could si please find a more stupid article for its front page? the problem is hockey thinks it's special, somehow more intense and physical. bull. the game doesn't need fighting, but it does need more immediate ejections instead of the refs standing there comically watching "the intensity."likedoohan
The bottom line is the sport is trying to eliminate blows to the head. This is not compatible with allowing people to deliver blows to the head with fists. Asserting that allowing blows to the head from fists is the only way to avoid blows from elbows is absurd. Officiating is able to control all other sports, the NHL simply refuses to make the commitment to do so. This is because the owners fear losing a portion of their core fans who want fighting.And the debate lingers on...
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Some fans were tweeting me incessantly that the Wild are “soft.” The reality is, this is the first time all season a team came in intent on trying to push the Wild around, and the end result? The Wild completely outplayed that team and ended up taking two points. At the end of the day, this alleged soft team has gotten points in 10 of the last 11 games and the last six. So this is not as big a deal yet as I think these fans are making it out to be.Predictably, the fans want blood. But credit to the Wild for wanting the two points, and for getting them. Here's what head coach Mike Yeo had to say:
“Do we match up against that team's toughness? No, we don’t. If we want to start trading off, we go after Kadri, next thing you know, what are they going to go after? They’re going to go after our guys too and again we don’t match up in that toughness department against them. Now we do have a team that cares about each other very much, and we stick up for each other, trust me. You saw Brodzy (Kyle Brodziak) getting in there for Nino and you saw guys competing and battling and trying to have that team toughness. Between the whistles and the way we fought through this game and found a way to win, that’s a message too to your teammates.”Hey, maybe one less enforcer in Minnesota's dressing room and one more skill player made the difference tonight. As long as the NHL is going to take care of business when it comes to Kadri's cheap shot on their goalie, they can eschew the eye for an eye mentality and get down to putting the biscuit in the basket. Is there anything wrong with that?
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Milan Hejduk tells the Czech newspaper Blesk that he is for all intents and purposes retired. The former 50-goal scorer, Stanley Cup winner and fourth-leading all-time scorer for the Colorado Avalanche/ Quebec Nordiques franchise, told Blesk that he wanted to hang it up officially after the 2012-2013 season, but his agent encouraged him to test the market.
"I wanted to quit after the end of last season," he said. "But my agent told me not to be crazy, that maybe some interesting offer would show up. But I realized I did not want to move somewhere else."Hejduk scored 23 points in 23 games during the 2001 Stanley Cup playoffs, helping the Avalanche to win it all. He spent all of his 14 NHL seasons with the Avs, scoring 375 goals and 805 points. Avs beat writer Adrian Dater says the Hejduk, now 37, deserves a spot in the rafters at the Pepsi Center:
I’m sure the Avs will, at the least, hold a special night for him at some point. Will he get his No. 23 retired? I don’t know for sure, but I would bet he will. And I think he would deserve that. He scored 375 goals and 805 points in 1,020 games, all with the Avs. He scored 20 or more goals in 11 straight seasons. He led the NHL in goals one season (2002-03, with 50) and won a Stanley Cup. He deserves to be in the Avs’ raftered pantheon.Hejduk still lives in Denver, coaches his two sons in youth hockey, and is looking forward to having a nice ski season this winter.
"In normal life my knees are fine," he said. "That is the other reason why I quit. I did not want to ruin my health. In the recent years I have taken painkillers all the time, which was not ideal. There is life after hockey too. For example, I want to do some skiing. The (skiing) season here is starting just now."
Monday, November 11, 2013
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos will require surgery to repair a broken tibia suffered in Monday's 3-0 loss against the Boston Bruins and is out indefinitely. "At this point Steven will be out indefinitely," general manager Steve Yzerman said in a statement released by the team. "The medical staff in Boston, in consultation with our team physicians, has made the decision to surgically repair the injury. The procedure is expected to take place tomorrow morning. The biggest concern for me, and the rest of the Lightning, is that decisions are made in Steven's best long-term interest, and we feel this is the appropriate course of action."
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Saturday, November 2, 2013
"Toronto Maple Leafs centre Dave Bolland was rolled out of Rogers Arena on a stretcher after Saturday’s 4-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks, just after coach Randy Carlyle told reporters about the planned surgery. Carlyle, who had just been briefed by medical staff, said the cut was similar to the gruesome Achilles injury suffered by Erik Karlsson last year, but added that he didn’t have a sense of the severity."Bolland had six goals and four assists and was a plus-4 for the Leafs in 15 games. He joins Tyler Bozak on the injured list, which leaves Toronto two centers short. Bozak is not expected back for a few weeks.
Friday, November 1, 2013
|There was lots to get excited about in October in the NHL.|
Thursday, October 31, 2013
"It's hard to quantify where our game would be without fighting. It's easy to be repelled by a scary injury such as George Parros'. But I thought the hits on Danny Boyle and Niklas Kronwall were much more dangerous, as was the hit on Max Talbot (which I believe was legal). These are examples of times when fighting did not act as a deterrent. In fact, we can all recite a list of players who clearly operate outside of a system of honor. But today, these are the exceptions. Horrific injuries, stars being mugged, rats who run around hitting people from behind — these stand out to us because they don't happen with regularity. It's fighting that keeps these incidents to a minimum.
Horrific injuries, stars being mugged, rats who run around hitting people from behind — these stand out to us because they don't happen with regularity. It's fighting that keeps these incidents to a minimum."Is Burke right? Is a player like Maxim Lapierre, who got five games for sending Dan Boyle to the hospital earlier this season, really going to temper his enthusiasm for tattooing the opposition in the boards simply because he may have to deal with an enforcer in the hits' aftermath? That's a shoddy argument at best. Big, tough NHL players don't shy away from fights--they love them--so why would fighting deter them from dirty play against the opponent's skill players. There are other, more sensible arguments to make, but I'm not so sure about Burke's assertion that fighting protects the players. Would the NHL be an even more violent game without fighting? That certainly isn't the case in Olympic hockey, so why should it be in the NHL? Should the inmates really be running the asylum and policing themselves on the ice? According to statistics, fights are down this season, but serious injuries from high-speed collisions are on the rise. Is there really any connection between the two?
"Her statement is that this is the most minor of the beatings she received. She's received five in all, and the last one was to unconsciousness," said Robert Abrams, an attorney who is representing Varlamov's girlfriend. He said the woman spent five hours in a hospital getting exams and X-rays. His client has been dating Varlamov off and on for four years. She lives in Russia where she is from but travels to live with him. She had just begun a three-month stay in Denver, Abrams said. He said he would try to keep her here so she can testify against Varlamov but added, "I've got her in hiding."Varlamov has been given permission to travel, but Avalanche coach Patrick Roy is not prepared to say much to the media about whether or not Varlamov will join the team in Dallas on Friday. "It's a law thing and it's important for me as a coach that I keep my focus on my team and we keep our focus there, and at the same time, let the law decide what's going to be," he said. "I'd rather wait for it to be confirmed by his lawyer than to start projecting things and then at the last minute have to turn back and say he can't play."
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
"The kidnapping charge is a Class 4 felony, punishable by to two to six years in prison, according Colorado statutes. Class 4 felony kidnapping is defined by taking someone and moving them to another place without their consent. The assault charge is a misdemeanor. Varlamov was to remain in jail overnight because he could not post bail due to the assault charge. Varlamov must first appear before a judge — he has a court date set for 10 a.m. Thursday. Varlamov, prison officials said, is in a cell alone because of his celebrity. When reached at Denver's downtown detention center, he refused an interview with The Denver Post. The police charges stem from an incident that happened at an undisclosed time Tuesday in the 1700 block of Bassett Street, police said. Colorado coach Patrick Roy, when reached by phone Wednesday night, had no comment."In a statement, the Avs said: "The Colorado Avalanche organization is aware of the allegations concerning Semyon Varlamov. At this time, and until the conclusion of this investigation, the Avalanche organization will have no further comment on this situation."
The mistake spread and was reported widely last night after the game, until the Elias Sports Bureau cleared up the mess on Twitter after the game.
The error about Jagr and the game-winning goals record dates back to last season. It was also in Bruins' media notes after he tied Esposito.— Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) October 30, 2013
Oh, well, we feel stupid and we're not ashamed to admit it. But at least we had this tweet to make us laugh:
Despite what you may have heard or read, Gordie Howe is still the all-time @NHL leader in game-winning goals with 121.— Bob Waterman (@esbbob) October 30, 2013
What will we be fooled into thinking next, that the Toronto Maple Leafs will pass the Montreal Canadiens for most Stanley Cups all time if they win the cup this year?
The Patrik Elias sports bureau still believes Jagr holds the NHL GWG record, however.— Sherry Ross (@SherryDarlingNJ) October 30, 2013