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Los Angeles Kings defenseman Denis Gauthier has been suspended for two games, without pay, as a result of an incident during NHL Game #870, Feb. 19 against the San Jose Sharks, the National Hockey League announced.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Gauthier will forfeit $22,580.64. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Gauthier was assessed a minor for boarding after making contact with Sharks’ forward Patrick Marleau on an icing play at 10:14 of the third period. There was no injury as a result of the play.
note: original post date was 8:07am today.
from Jamie Baker of the Broadcasters Blog at SanJoseSharks.com,
You have to love Todd McLellan’s response to other teams (Edmonton and LA) taking runs at some of the Sharks players. “”It’s hockey and it’s supposed to be rough. We can stand our ground and hold our own. We are a big team and we can stick up for ourselves.”
Denis Gauthier should get suspended for his intent to injure Patrick Marleau last night (Thursday). This will be interesting to see how the NHL determines disciplinary action when a player is not hurt, but it’s obvious the intent was there. Gauthier made no attempt to play the puck, which would have been an icing call. He kept two hands on his stick, his feet were wide and planted for a hit and his eyes never left Marleau. If that is not an attempt to injure I don’t know what is.
continue for more on Marleau and the Sharks and watch a video of the Gauthier hit below….
from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,
The Blue Jackets have acquired center Chris Gratton on re-entry waivers. He had been playing in the Tampa Bay organization. The 6-4, 220-pound forward had been playing for Nolfolk of the AHL. He will join the team for the trip to Western Canada which begins on Tuesday in Calgary.
CBC reports on the issues facing the Montreal Canadiens.
Here in the Detroit area we are expcecting 4-7 inches of snow today. I’ve made the grocery store run early this morning so I am all set to settle in and watch all the hockey action today.
For those of us in the USA, don’t forget Hockey Day in Canada can be seen beginning at noon ET on the NHL Network.
The complete NHL schedule for today is listed below…
from Jennifer Justus of the Tennessean,
While it might seem simple — cameraman finds a couple; they kiss; move on — the mechanics behind the kiss cam and other scoreboard antics involve a team of 15 people and 28 screens of stats, scores and fan shots. For any given kiss, the people in the control room have four couples to choose from, on four screens, from four cameramen out near the ice.
from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,
“It feels like coming home,’’ the big Swede admitted last night, after pulling into his house, where he hadn’t been since last fall. “Toronto still feels like home to me.’‘
He admits to an escalating sense of the “jitters,” as curious as anyone else how the crowd will respond this evening, insisting that it won’t make a difference. “I don’t know if there will be jeers or cheers, probably both.”
But for those who do boo, Sundin wants to make one thing absolutely clear: “I was never a traitor to the Leaf franchise. I was proud of being a Leaf. There are so many memories that I will treasure forever – all the ups and downs, the friends I made, the fans who always treated me well.’‘
No regrets, he says, although there is a hint of poignancy in that declaration.
via Empty Netters,
Philadelphia’s Paul Holmgren is one of eight current general managers to have actually played for the team he manages. The others are Bob Gainey (Canadiens), Ken Holland (Red Wings), Brett Hull (Stars), Glen Sather (Rangers), Garth Snow (Islanders), Dale Tallon (Blackhawks) and Doug Wilson (Sharks).
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
On the same night Brian Salcido of Hermosa Beach made his NHL debut as a member of the Ducks’ defense corps, veteran defenseman Chris Pronger played his 1,000th NHL game.
Salcido, promoted from Iowa of the American Hockey League on Thursday, was teased by teammates about being 999 games behind Pronger on the longevity list. Salcido, a fifth-round choice by the Ducks in the 2005 entry draft, didn’t mind the jokes.
“A thousand seems like so many games,” he said by telephone from Detroit after the Ducks’ 5-2 loss to the Red Wings.
“This is my first one here. I’m just hoping for my second one right now.”...
“This has been a dream of mine,” said Salcido, who left home at 15 to play at Shattuck St. Mary’s prep school and played three years at Colorado College.
“I was definitely thinking of my dad and my mom taking me to the rink when I was young. This was special for us as a family.”
from Scott Cullen of TSN,
With the NHL trade deadline rapidly approaching, there will be more and more deals that involve players exchanged for future draft picks, which has always left me wondering:
What is a draft pick worth, anyway?
To get a general idea, I decided to go through ten drafts, from 1995 through 2004 (leaving time for the 2004 picks to establish their NHL career) and assigned a numerical value to each of the players selected, using the following guidelines, with some examples:
10 - Generational (Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin )
9 - Elite Player (Ilya Kovalchuk, Dany Heatley )
continued with more NHL talk…
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
Smyth has a no-trade clause, and made it clear today he does not want to leave Colorado anytime soon.
“It’s a little mind-boggling, obviously,” Smyth said this morning from the Verizon Center, where the Avs play the Washington Capitals tonight. “I’ve got three years left on my deal, and I really like it here. Obviously we’re not doing as well as we should be this year. We’ve lost a few key players who could really help us, but by no means are we out of this playoff race.”
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