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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
- As Florida GM Dale Tallon tries to unload contracts, the word amongst his peers is he’s getting heat from new owner Vince Viola. Tallon is on shaky ground because “the new owner wants some answers.” Moving defenceman Dmitry Kulikov might be a nice start but teams are concerned he may head back to the KHL as an RFA.
- We’ve been told Nashville GM David Poile has difficult decisions to make. If his club can’t stay in the playoff race, then the speculation is he’ll be putting up the dreaded ‘For Sale’ sign. That doesn’t have to happen until the Olympic break but the issue for the Preds is a balance of the team has time remaining on its contract. Changes will be tough for Poile.
- As reported in this space, Islanders GM Garth Snow is continuing his search for a goalie. This club was expected to make the playoffs and one of those targeted is Buffalo’s Ryan Miller. The goaltender has submitted a list of 10 teams to the Sabres where he doesn’t want to be dealt and it’s not known if the Islanders are among those. Many expect the St. Louis Blues to make a push for Miller and the talk around the league is they might be willing to move right wing T.J. Oshie. The 26-year-old has a $4.175 million cap hit through 2017 and if he’s available he would be an attractive option for a lot of teams.
Don Cherry opens Coach's Corner with the Thornton/Orpik incident. Cherry and Ron MacLean then discussed the 1st period between the Leafs and Senators. The next topic was regarding the selection process of Team Canada for the WJC.
Topics include what does Wayne Gretzky do now, the contract talks regarding Subban and Phaneuf and Kulikov trade talk.
No excuse for what Shawn Thornton did there. Looked to me like he completely lost it after couple borderline hits from Penguins. Cant happen
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) December 8, 2013
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik was taken off the ice on a stretcher in the first period against the Boston Bruins on Saturday.
With play stopped, Orpik and Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton were in a confrontation, and Orpik remained injured on the ice.
Penguins players immediately called for medical assistance.
Thornton and Orpik became involed after Bruins forward Brad Marchand, while on the ice, took a knee to the head from Penguins forward James Neal.
Thornton was assessed a match penalty; he appeared to pull Orpik down and punch him while he was on the ice.
Neal was assessed a two-minute penalty for kneeing.
Bruins forward Loui Eriksson left the game after his first shift following a hit from Orpik.
Watch the incident below... added 8:36pm, both Boston and Pittsburgh broadcasts can be viewed below...
added 8:40pm, Orpik hit on Eriksson added below too...
Tonight's montage set to 'Save Us'...
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- My favourite Scotty Bowman line: “We have two goalies, Osgood and no good.” ... My second favourite Bowman line, after making the Danny Gare for Mike Foligno three-for-three trade in Buffalo. As his new players walked onto the team bus after their first game, Bowman looked at them and said: “Nothing for nothing.”
- Joe Bowen said it in jest, but he’s right. NHL penalty killers should consider using wood sticks for those shifts. Too many composite sticks are breaking on the PK, turning one-man advantages into two.
- A well-known former NHL player, a star who does not wish to be identified, is dying of cancer. But that’s not the story here.
The story is the one-time hockey great had to borrow $20,000 to pay for recent medical expenses. He didn’t have the money. He may need more in the months to come, assuming he lives that long.
He couldn’t find immediate support of any kind from the NHL Players’ Association or the NHL Alumni. He played 13 years in the NHL — most of it at a very high level, before the real big money kicked in for players — and he has a pension, I’m told, that pays him just over $1,000 a month. That, by itself, is troubling.
Athletes, just like the rest of us, make bad investments, poor financial decisions, don’t always end up in the right kind of situation. But unlike us, their sport should take better care of them....
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
- Just a horrendous and all-too typically arrogance-based missed call from an NHL referee on Friday night in Newark with 1:08 to go in a one-goal game, when Frederick L’Ecuyer cited Cory Schneider for playing the puck outside the trapezoid when everybody else in the building could see the goaltender had done no such thing.
That’s a no-judgment call that should be subject to video review, as should be delay of game for shooting the puck into the stands inside the defensive zone and a double-minor for drawing blood.
These aren’t calls open to interpretation, such as goaltender interference. These are he-did-or-he-didn’t issues that could be resolved almost instantaneously and without intruding on the game’s flow. That’s assuming there is a flow, which is a leap of faith in many rinks.
- Yes, it’s true, many general managers had no idea how the NHL playoff format would work prior to their league meeting a couple of weeks ago. When they learned the structure, many were aghast.
Expect the GMs to push for a change over the summer, but the format is part of the three-year realignment agreement the NHL has with the NHLPA, and it was the union that insisted on the wild-card/crossover as a means to achieve some sort of math-based equality between seven- and eight-team divisions.
“If that’s what the players wanted, there couldn’t have been any players involved in the decision,” one prominent player said this week.
more topics including Laviolette/Islanders talk...
It’s that time of year where curling up next to the fire, or even just with a nice warm blanket, is a great way to end a hectic day. What would be better than a great seasonal book – and by season hockey season would be preferred.
Kicking off the book reviews I am going to start with a copy of Greg Oliver and Richard Kamachen’s Don’t Call Me Goon: Hockey’s Greatest Enforcers, Gunslingers, and Bad Boys.
Early in the first period this afternoon against Dallas.
01:15 Philadelphia Zac Rinaldo: 5 minutes, fighting
01:15 Philadelphia Zac Rinaldo: 2 minutes, instigator
01:15 Philadelphia Zac Rinaldo: 10 minutes, game misconduct
01:15 Philadelphia Zac Rinaldo: 10 minutes, misconduct
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