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NEW YORK (February 20, 2013) -- Nashville Predators forward Rich Clune has been fined $1,452.70, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for boarding Colorado Avalanche forward Aaron Palushaj in NHL Game No. 221 in Colorado on Monday, February 18, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 12:32 of the first period. Clune was assessed a minor penalty for boarding.
As a first-time offender, the maximum Clune could be fined was the lesser of $10,000 or one-half of his daily salary.
Today against the Predators, Matt Duchene with a controversial goal.
added 5:15pm, Added another video below, reverse angle, slow-mo, etc...
from John Manasso of Fox Sports Tennessee,
A finalist for the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman in each of the last two seasons (and signatory to -- oh, by the way -- a 14-year, $110-million contract last July), Weber has failed to earn a point in any of the Predators’ first nine games -- by far the longest drought of his career to start a season.
In spite of Weber’s lack of production -- his 19 goals last season tied him for the most in the league by a defenseman and his 49 points ranked him sixth among rearguards -- the Predators have managed a credible 4-2-3 start, good enough for sixth in the Western Conference.
Yet on Wednesday when asked by FOXSportsTennessee.com if the Preds could continue to win without production from the owner of one of the league’s hardest slapshots, general manager David Poile preferred not to dwell on such a dire hypothetical.
“I’d rather answer that he’s going to produce,” he said, referencing Weber’s slow start to last season. “…So I know that’s going to happen. Again, the way he bombs the puck -- he missed the net a few times -- being a little bit more accurate, he can beat goaltenders. They can’t contain the shot. There’s a rebound. It’s going to be there.”
from Dirk Hoag of On The Forecheck,
First, Hornqvist took a Shea Weber shot off his right thigh, which left him hobbling off to the bench for repairs. Signs were hopeful at that time, as he made it back out for another shift, but a Ducks player then fell into Hornqvist's left leg in the corner of the Anaheim zone, causing that knee to buckle at an unnatural angle.
From there, Hornqvist had to be helped off the ice, and didn't return.
Just getting you prepared for the puck dropping on Saturday...
The Chicago Blackhawks put up 101 points last season, good enough to be one of 10 teams in the NHL to crack the century mark. It didn't matter because, for the second straight season since winning the Stanley Cup, they were knocked off in the first round of the playoffs. The good thing for the Blackhawks is unlike in 2010-11, the season after a summer of being crushed by salary-cap constraints, they feel they know exactly what went wrong last season.
1. Will the goaltending duo of Corey Crawford and Ray Emery be good enough?
Crawford won 30 games last season, but it was a struggle as he allowed three or more goals in 27 of his 57 appearances in the regular season and in five of his six appearances in the playoffs. Instead of building on a strong finish to the 2010-11 season, he went backward with a 2.72 goals-against average, .903 save percentage and zero shutouts in 57 appearances.
Emery wasn't any better with a 2.81 GAA and .900 save percentage in 34 appearances. Crawford was supposed to cement himself as the clear-cut No. 1 in Chicago, but he hasn't done that yet. It appears he'll be given another chance this season to become that guy.
2. Is Patrick Kane going to mature and have a bounce-back season?
from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,
It resembled game night at Bridgestone Arena, in miniature.
Several hundred Nashville Predators season ticket holders and staff, led by team mascot Gnash, marched rowdily into Franklin’s A-Game Sportsplex as 11-year-old hockey players looked up in wonder.
Coach Barry Trotz and his staff jumped behind the bench. The Ice Girls danced. Music blared. There were cheers. The event was billed as a “Smashmob,” a play on the team’s “Smashville” brand.
While the goal was to give kids a unique hockey experience, a closer look showed the Predators trying to help out their sponsors and business partners as the NHL lockout rolled into its second month.
The season ticket holders were lured under the guise of a pizza party. Hunt Brothers Pizza, a team sponsor, supplied the food. After the game, Trotz and some players took questions in a fake media scrum in front of a banner prominently featuring Xfinity, also a sponsor.
via Reuters at the Globe and Mail,
Nashville Predators winger Sergei Kostitsyn, who joined Russian club Avangard Omsk during a work stoppage in the National Hockey League (NHL), hopes the lockout will lead to the cancellation of the entire season.
“Let’s put it this way – it would be better (for the players) if the lockout continues,” Kostitsyn was quoted as saying by Russian daily Sport-Express on Monday.
“Players want a definite answer. If the NHL season is lost – let it be that way. I would then play in Russia for the whole season.”...
Kostitsyn, 25, who joined the Predators from the Montreal Canadiens in June 2010, also said he hated life in North America and labelled Columbus “the gloomiest” city in the States.
“I couldn’t get used to (American) mentality. They are totally different people from us,” said the Belarussian, who was twice suspended by the Canadiens in 2009 after failing to report to their minor league team in Hamilton.
from Josh Cooper of Predators Insider at the Tennessean,
Below are some thoughts on the NHL’s latest collective bargaining proposal by Predators defenseman Hal Gill and forward Paul Gaustad. Both have been two of the more informed, and opinionated, Nashville players on the matter throughout the process.
Is this the framework of a deal?
(Gill): “I think it is a framework. Obviously we’re not happy with the percentage, but there are some other things that are good about it. And like I said, I don’t have the lawyer speak and fine print the lawyers have to look over and explain to us, but it looks like something that is workable and something that maybe we’re a little closer to being on the same page.”
What is your take on the proposal?
(Gaustad): “I think it’s a positive thing. The proposal is a good thing and that talks are continuing. What Don (Fehr) said the other day is correct that you have to take time to digest it and look over it and see what the best thing is for the players in the league. It’s always good that talks are continuing and a proposal is out there. I think today they’re dissecting it and guys are talking. Overall, I think guys view it as positive that there is a proposal.”
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