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And here comes the throat-slash...
Mark Giordano felt Nazem Kadri’s gesture wasn’t the smartest, Mike Babcock said his forward needs better control and Bob Hartley feels the NHL will make it known how they feel about such behaviour.
While the Toronto Maple Leafs will be playing their first game since trading captain Dion Phaneuf on Tuesday night, the Calgary Flames are expected to be missing stars of their own.
According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, Flames forwards Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and Lance Bouma are expected to be out against the Leafs for disciplinary reasons.
According to the Calgary Herald, Flames head coach Bob Hartley called practice after just 25 minutes on Monday, the morning after the players were given Super Bowl Sunday off.
The Herald also reports “a couple of regulars” in the Flames lineup showed up shortly before the start of practice, but did not name the players, and Hartley declined to comment when asked, stating he wasn't "going to clean his laundry in public."
from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,
Despite being desperate for points, the Flames wasted Game 50, surrendering a third-period goal, falling 2-1 in Friday’s humdrum affair at the Saddledome.
“Bottom line — with one goal, you’re not going to win many games in this league,” said Mark Giordano. “I don’t know what else to say. We have to create more. We have to score more goals.
“Two goals against is pretty good on most nights.”
Quickly, though, they must hop to their feet, snatch up their hat, swat the dust off their dungarees, and regroup for Saturday’s skirmish against the Canucks in Vancouver.
“That’s a big game, a (Pacific Division) game, against a team we’re trying to catch,” said Dougie Hamilton. “We’ve got to turn the page, learn from this one, and play better.
“Obviously, we’re trying our best to win.”
So we’ve heard.
Below, watch coach Bob Hartley post-game and game highlights rolled into one video...
from Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Herald,
Calgary Flames defenceman Dennis Wideman broke his silence Thursday, issuing a public apology to linesman Don Henderson and saying he is “disappointed” with the 20-game suspension he was handed by the NHL after his ugly collision with the official last week.
Reading from notes, Wideman addressed the media after practising with his Flames teammates at the Saddledome, his first skate since the incident.
With the NHLPA currently appealing the suspension on his behalf, the 32-year-old did not answer questions.
“Firstly, I want to apologize to Donnie Henderson,” Wideman said. “I feel awful about what happened. Hopefully, he’s recovering and he’s going to be back on the ice soon, but I feel really bad about the whole situation. The last seven days have been tough.
“Never in my career have I ever disrespected or done anything like this to an official. I think I’ve prided myself on having a great working relationship with the officials, and I hope to continue that when I get out there. But again, I just want to apologize to Donnie. I feel awful about what happened.
continue for more from Wideman...
added 3:37pm, Watch Wideman's statement below via Sportsnet.
TORONTO (February 3, 2016): The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) issued the following statement today regarding the National Hockey League’s (NHL) decision to suspend Dennis Wideman for 20 games:
“We strongly disagree with the League’s decision to suspend Dennis Wideman. Dennis has played in 11 NHL seasons and almost 800 games without incident. The facts, including the medical evidence presented at the hearing, clearly demonstrate that Dennis had no intention to make contact with the linesman. An appeal has been filed on the player’s behalf.”
“We were informed earlier today that our player, Dennis Wideman, was suspended for contact with an official in last Wednesday’s game against Nashville. We disagree with the severity of today’s suspension ruling and maintain that Dennis’ collision with the linesman was unintentional and accidental. We agree that our officials’ safety and well-being is of extreme importance in order to allow them to perform their duties. They perform an invaluable but underappreciated role in our game. We support sanctions against players who make deliberate contact with any official. However, unintentional and accidental contact does occur at times in our game. We will have no further comment on the matter at this time.”
President of Hockey Operations
added below is the NHL explanation video of the suspension...
Will update as more information becomes available.
added 2:01pm, NHL release is below...
added 2:04pm, video of the hit is below too...
from Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun,
With 13 games on the docket before deadline day, the Flames GM is likely waiting for a hint from his inconsistent squad, and, in the meantime, hoping that his slate of soon-to-be unrestricted free agents — the most obvious trade chips — can boost their sagging stock over the next month.
To recap that list …
* Jiri Hudler was the NHL’s leading point-producer at even-strength during the 2014-15 campaign, and the Lady Byng Trophy-winner stole the show with his shoeless appearance at the season-ending awards gala in Las Vegas. Trouble is the 32-year-old right-winger has too often been a vanishing act this winter, with only six goals and 18 helpers in 41 contests so far. By comparison, Hudler had 14 tallies and 25 assists in 45 skates prior to the all-star break a year ago.
* Kris Russell ranks second in the league with 156 blocked shots, hardly a surprise after the gritty defenceman set an NHL record in that category last season. Russell’s offensive production has dipped slightly — he has three goals and 11 assists to date after a career-best 34-point campaign —and he’s often a whipping boy for the analytics crowd, but the 28-year-old alternate captain was a workhorse for the Flames during their playoff push last spring.
Missed what happened? Watch it here.
NEW YORK (Jan. 28, 2016) – Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman has been suspended pending a hearing with NHL Hockey Operations on Tuesday, February 2, for an incident involving linesman Don Henderson during NHL Game No. 742 Wednesday, January 27, at Scotiabank Saddledome.
The incident occurred at 11:19 of the second period.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Brian Burke has held many titles in a lifetime of hockey - player, agent, general manager, league executive/disciplinarian and president of hockey operations.
Now, apparently, he would like add another.
The president of the Calgary Flames is on a mission - some would describe it as a difficult if not impossible uphill battle - to make ice surfaces bigger in the NHL.
"I've felt this way for a long time," the 59-year-old Burke said this week. "When I was GM of the [Vancouver] Canucks, I felt the ice was too congested for the size and skill we had on our team. I thought the size of the ice surface affected my team's ability to excel. That's where it started for me."
Self-interest may have sparked Burke's initial look into bigger ice. Now, though, the quest is, as he sees it, much more altruistic.
"It would," Burke said, "be good for the game of hockey."
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