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By all reports, Edmonton goaltender Devan Dubnyk made some great saves in the 1st period last night against the Boston Bruins, but this was not one of them.
He faced 18 shots, gave up 3 goals in the opening frame and was replaced by Jason Labarbera in the 2nd period.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
(Evander) Kane hasn’t played since Nov. 29 with a lower body injury, and was off to a seven-goal, 14-point start for the Jets in 26 games this season. More eye-opening has been his behavior off the ice: clashing with Winnipeg coach Claude Noel about the reasons behind being scratched on Nov. 6 against the Chicago Blackhawks, giving short, surly answers to the Winnipeg media and now missing the first half of December with an undisclosed injury.
It certainly doesn’t seem like model behavior from a player that refers to himself as #thenatural on Twitter. But it might also be actions Kane hopes will eventually get him moved to a more desirable NHL destination as the Jets seem understandably reluctant to trade a young 30-goal scorer that’s locked up for $5.25 million per season for four more years beyond this one.
Expect the Bruins to be a team that would be interested in Kane’s service if/when the Jets finally get tired of his act. His combination of size, strength toughness and offensive skill is exactly the kind of player Boston is always looking for on the wing, and the Bruins have the right combination of young assets/valued NHL chips to make a deal happen.
Would anybody take big issue with the Bruins dealing Brad Marchand, Jordan Caron, Malcolm Subban and a high draft pick in exchange for the unhappy Kane if push comes to shove in Winnipeg?
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Last night I posted the tribute video the Calgary Flames did for Jarome Iginla's return and here is how it unfolded on the ice.
added 10:29am, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
Joe Colborne was no different than any self-respecting, red-blooded Calgary kid back in the day. He had the merchandise.
“The sweater?” blurts the homegrown centreman, taken slightly aback that you even had to ask. “Oh yeah. Of course I had one. A No. 12. With the nameplate? What do you think? With everything.
“Can’t remember when I got it exactly. Christmas? Birthday? I don’t know.
“I got it just . . . just . . . well, just because. Because he was my favourite player. Because he was EVERYONE’s favourite player.
“It seemed every person in town had one of those sweaters. You’d see so many 12s walking around on game days you couldn’t keep count. Now it could be a Monahan or a Baertschi or a Giordano. Back then you knew what you’d see when you got to the rink — an awful lot of 12s.”
Apt to be a few floating around the Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday night, too, leftover remnants from what is now officially a bygone era, as Jarome Iginla marks his competitive return to this town.
via the NHL,
Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf will have a hearing Tuesday morning with the NHL's Department of Player safety for a hit on Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller during a game Sunday night at Air Canada Centre.
The incident occurred at the 17:39 mark of the third period when Phaneuf struck Miller in the back near the end boards in the Boston end. Miller left the game and did not return.
There was no penalty called on the play.
The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: boarding. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
It should have been the best of the NHL – the Pittsburgh Penguins versus the Boston Bruins on Saturday night, a rematch of the Eastern Conference final, skill and speed and defense and toughness and all that good stuff.
Instead, it was the worst of the NHL – a seek-and-destroy hit, a concussion, a sneaky-dirty knee to the head, a vicious attack, another concussion and a stretcher, then finger-pointing and lies and apologies.
In the aftermath, it's like sorting garbage at the dump. This stinks. This stinks more. This stinks most. You have to draw distinctions, but the overwhelming overall stench leaves you holding your nose.
And it's going to get worse.
If anyone has a video of this, please pass it on.
added 11:32am, Below, watch a Vine video of the slash...
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
The NHL and its many fighting and violence zealots must be so, so proud. Over the next few days, you’re going to hear from them that Shawn Thornton is one of the good guys. They’ll talk about how much character he has and how he visits sick kids in the hospital and what a great team guy he is and how out of character this attack was.
All of which may be true, but Shawn Thornton proved that on the ice, he’s nothing but a bully and a punk and someone who deserves to have the privilege of playing hockey taken away from him for a long, long time. Kudos to him for coming out and answering for his actions after the game and taking responsibility for them, but that was the only thing he did all night that had even a shred of integrity. What Thornton did was no different than what almost killed Steve Moore and forever changed the career of Todd Bertuzzi more than nine years ago. In fact, Brooks Oprik should be saying, “There but by the grace of God go I,” or something like that right now because it could have been much, much worse for him. Initial reports had him conscious and alert at a Boston hospital, which means those who enjoy this kind of nonsense have just dodged another bullet.
(Thornton received a match penalty, which carries an indefinite suspension, and has an in-person hearing with the NHL. Wouldn’t you just love to see the NHL throw him out for 25 games then see if Thornton has the gall to appeal it?)
Those who defend fighting in the NHL will tell you this had nothing to do with fighting. And that’s a bunch of unadulterated bunk. It had everything to do with fighting. Why did Thornton attack Orpik in the first place? Because Orpik refused to fight him, that’s why. So Thornton took it upon himself to force Orpik into a fight. And that has nothing to do with fighting? Who are these people trying to kid?
Neal was certainly no better with his accidental-on-purpose knee to Marchand’s head.
Cassie Campbell and Kevin Weekes chime in too...
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