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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
For the last three days at the GM meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., Chiarelli lobbied Campbell to discipline Cooke. Chiarelli said that Cooke, who has a pair of two-game suspensions on his résumé (questionable hits to Artem Anisimov and Scott Walker), qualified as a repeat offender.
Chiarelli’s efforts were for naught.
“What I tried to convince the hockey ops staff was to take it outside of the current rule,’’ Chiarelli said. “Use the repeat offender criteria and implement an infraction on an intent to injure. That infraction and the repeat offender should distinguish it from the Richards hit. They didn’t want to.’’
The only person who seems to understand Colin Campbell’s pattern of punishment is Campbell himself. The suspensions he hands down are arbitrary and erratic—swayed by non-evidence, hunch, gut feelings, anecdotes and back-channel influence peddlers—and they are almost never clearly explained. He establishes precedent and contradicts it. He makes exceptions based on flawed premises and then concludes his arguments illogically and capriciously. No one, no one, knows what is allowed and what is not allowed. It is Dartboard Justice.
-Jack Edwards of NESN. More from Jack…
“The word predatory does come to mind. And you know, I don’t have any trouble with that. When you’re playing hockey, you’re supposed to finish your checks. I don’t think he meant to give him a Grade 2 concussion. That’s Matt Cooke’s game. He’s supposed to be a guy that finishes his checks, that agitates a little bit, that can play a little bit of hockey. He’s not a slug, But he’s no Sidney Crosby. His job is to make sure he punishes people when he gets the opportunity. Intent to injure? I don’t know. That’s a hard one to pin on anybody. Certainly, ready to finish his check with authority.”
-Mike Milbury on the hit on Marc Savard by Matt Cooke. More from Milbury at WEEI.
from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,
All Marc Savard wanted to do was go home and sleep.
“Right now, I just need rest,” said the injured Bruins [team stats] star as he sat in Pittsburgh International Airport awaiting a mid-day flight to Boston. “I’m exhausted.”
Savard was knocked unconscious by a blindside hit to the head from Penguins forward Matt Cooke Sunday, suffering a concussion and damaged jaw during the Bruins’ 2-1 loss. He was walking and talking very slowly in the airport, although the fact he was able to traverse the several hundred yards to the Boston gate under his own power had to be a good sign. With many concussed athletes, it’s sometimes difficult to walk across a room.
“I think that’s a good sign,” said Savard of his being able to walk without dizziness or balance problems. He was examined by physicians in Pittsburgh yesterday before he was cleared to fly.
No penalty on the play and no update on Savard who went off on a strether.
The video is raw and I will try to find a better quality vid soon (found one)
added 7:05pm, via the Boston Bruins,
Marc lost consciousness briefly on the ice after being struck in the head. He suffered a concussion from the hit. He was not transported to a hospital, but will remain at the team hotel in Pittsburgh with a member of the Bruins’ medical staff tonight as a precaution.
No further update on Marc’s condition is expected tonight.
Don Cherry thinks so.
Watch the fight, then Cherry’s comments follow.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Judging from the reaction on our ESPN.com message boards, the angriest hockey fans in North America on Wednesday lived in Philadelphia and Boston.
And the puckheads in Chicago were a little disappointed the juggernaut Blackhawks didn’t improve in goal, which, quite frankly, was never going to be easy given Cristobal Huet’s massive contract.
Did the Blackhawks make a phone call?
“We talked to a lot of people about lots of things, not necessarily about that, but just nothing made sense,” Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman told ESPN.com on Wednesday evening. “It takes two to tango. Sometimes you want to do something and they don’t, and sometimes they want too much and that’s why deals don’t get made.
“It never really got too heated up on any one front, to be honest,” Bowman added. “That’s just the way it went.”
From TSN’s Bob McKenzie’s Tweet:
Full deal: Boston acquires Seidenberg and Bartowski from Fla for Craig Weller, Byron Bitz and a 2nd round pick.
via Bob McKenzie tweet,
Derek Morris to Phoenix from Boston , pending trade call.
added 10:35am, Bruins receive a 2011 4th round pick in return.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA —Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have acquired defenseman Derek Morris from the Boston Bruins in exchange for a conditional draft choice in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
“We are very excited to have brought Derek Morris back to the Coyotes organization,” said Maloney. “Derek is a talented, versatile defenseman who will strengthen our blueline. His leadership and tenacity will be welcomed in our dressing room.”
from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald,
“We’re in on a couple of things, but there hasn’t been much traction during the Olympic break,” said Chiarelli. “Talks have picked up. It’s not idle chatter. There have been more substantive discussions. But at the end of the day, you can’t do a deal until (today).”
As Chiarelli pointed out, you only have to look at his team’s statistics to know what’s on his wish list.
“We’d want to get some type of top-nine forward that has an offensive bent to his game,” Chiarelli said. “But there aren’t many of those guys out there.”
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