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from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
The Jackets own Reilly’s rights for 30 days after he leaves Minnesota. The Gophers’ season ended last week with a 4-1 loss to Minnesota-Duluth in the first round of the NCAA tournament, but Reilly did not leave. Instead, he elected to concentrate on his studies and listen to the advice of “family consultant” Pat Brisson — who happens to be one of the most prominent hockey agents in the world.
When does a “family consultant” in Brisson’s line of work tell a young man to go back to school? When the young man does not want to play for a team that holds his rights, and the young man is eight weeks away from unrestricted free agency.
There is a soft spot for NCAA athletes in the NHL collective bargaining agreement. Since four years have passed since Reilly’s selection, he can opt for free agency on June 1. Although the Jackets have made a yearlong push to sign him, they must know their efforts have been unsuccessful.
Had Reilly dropped out and signed with Columbus at the first opportunity, he could have made his debut Tuesday at Nationwide Arena. He would have begun collecting on a fat salary. Most important, he would have burned the first of a two-year contract, and he could start working on an extension as early as July 1.
Instead, Reilly has decided to concentrate on his studies, which sounds sincere by a half. Why? He is going to blow off his senior year.
Reilly has a unique opportunity, and he is going to take it. It is his right. He gets to pick his NHL team, and maybe it will be his hometown Minnesota Wild — in which his father holds a minority share.
NHL explanation of the suspension...
added 10:16am, Another view of the hit below...
Corey Perry appeared to get hit in the face, but upon further review he snapped his neck because of nothing, leading to the embarrassment of an embellishment penalty.
from Mike Johnston of Sportsnet,
The Toronto Maple Leafs caused a bit of a ruckus Wednesday when president Brendan Shanahan announced the team was extending Nazem Kadri’s punishment by at least two more games.
Some praised the decision to make an example of players that don’t abide by the rules, but others questioned the manner in which the team went about it.
Sportsnet’s Doug MacLean believes the Maple Leafs mishandled the situation. He also said off-ice incidents with players happen all the time, only most teams keep the discipline private.
“I had a situation with [Nikolai] Zherdev [in Columbus] where I had to hire a private investigator to follow him for a week and come back to me with a written report as to what was really going on with this guy,” the former Blue Jackets general manager told Dean Blundell & Co. Thursday on Sportsnet 590 The Fan. “Then I got [the report] and I dealt with Zherdev and, yeah, he sat out some games, but nobody had a clue that it was going on. Nobody.”
"Michel and I didn’t have the best relationship, we didn’t communicate. I didn’t know what we wanted from me, or vice versa. I’m definitely not a lazy player. I work hard on and off the ice."
-Rene Bourque of the Columbus Blue Jacket on his relationship with coach Michel Therrien of the Montreal Canadiens. More from and on Bourque from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers.
via Scott Lewis of Sportsnet,
The Minnesota Wild’s deadline acquisition of defenceman Jordan Leopold was hardly a blockbuster trade, but it wound up being one of the day’s biggest stories.
A letter written by Leopold’s daughter Jordyn back in January, asking the Wild to bring her father home to Minnesota, went viral on deadline day.
Jordyn spoke about the letter and the impact it made on social media Thursday.
Take note, NHL fathers. Your shot at landing on your hometown team rests on your children’s ability to pen adorable letters.
COLUMBUS, OHIO -- Columbus Blue Jackets right wing David Clarkson will be sidelined four to six weeks due to a torn oblique muscle suffered in Tuesday night’s game against the Washington Capitals, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Clarkson, 30, collected 14 penalty minutes in three games with the Blue Jackets after being acquired by the club on February 26 from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for right wing Nathan Horton. He has registered 112 goals and 84 assists for 196 points with 969 penalty minutes in 547 career NHL games, including 10-5-15 and 106 penalty minutes in 61 games this season.
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