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from Michael Russo of Russo Rants,
Chris Kreider got booted after he sent Brodin flying face-first into the yellow dasher between the ice and the end boards. In the waning seconds of the first period, Brodin stopped short in front of Kreider at the goal line, but the big Rangers forward dangerously shoved Brodin on the top of the numbers and downward five feet from the end boards.
Brodin after the game said it was a hand injury and one of his fingers was wrapped and swollen.
more on the stunning loss to the Rangers...
Last night the Anaheim Ducks announced...
Ben Lovejoy suffered a fractured finger (right hand) last night vs. San Jose. He is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.
How did it happen?
So John Moore did this to Erik Haula...
Update: While we're at "Illegal Checks," Chris Kreider was ejected for this hit on Jonas Brodin:
NEW YORK -- San Jose Sharks forward John Scott has been suspended for two games, without pay, for leaving the bench on a legal line change and starting an altercation with Anaheim Ducks forward Tim Jackman during NHL Game No. 120 in Anaheim on Sunday, October 26, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.
Scott is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $17,073.18. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
Scott was assessed a minor penalty for instigating, a major for fighting and a game misconduct for leaving the bench on a legal line change to start an altercation 13:56 into the third period.
from Jonas Siegel of TSN,
The microscope may indeed focus on Randy Carlyle as Toronto stumbles out of the gate with many of the same troubles as last season, but Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan should also be in the process of taking a long, hard look at what makes up the core of his roster.
Now is the time for him to not only evaluate Carlyle and his fit as the club's head coach, but those cornerstone pieces and whether they'll be good enough one day not just to sneak into the playoffs or win a round, but to win four and an eventual Stanley Cup.
Hired in April, Shanahan took the summer months to refurbish parts of the coaching staff and parts of the front office while tinkering with a slew of short-term roster buys in free agency. But he didn't touch the core at the end of another late season collapse.
No, he left those front-end pieces like Kessel, like Dion Phaneuf and Joffrey Lupul, like David Clarkson and Tyler Bozak, he left those pieces in place, presumably to evaluate them firsthand, get a real sense for the players and personalities from the inside.
The Boston Bruins visited Boston Children's Hospital today.
from the Portland Pirates,
The Portland Pirates today announced the signing of forward Paul Bissonnette to an AHL Professional Tryout Contract. The six-year NHL veteran will join the team later this week.
Bissonnette, a 6-foot-3, 220 pound left wing from Welland, Ontario, joins the Pirates after spending the last five seasons with the Arizona Coyotes. While with the Coyotes, Bissonnette played 187 games, recording seven goals, 14 assists, 21 points and totaling 318 penalty minutes. He’s also appeared in four playoff games with the Coyotes, collecting 15 minutes in penalties.
from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
“Importantly for Olli, we don't expect this to affect his health in the long term,” Dr. Vyas said. “Secondarily, we expect him to do well from a hockey standpoint.”
Maatta spoke at the press conference and said he doesn't feel much different since learning of the mass during training camp physicals.
“I don't feel any different,” Maatta said. “Feel the same as I did before I found out. I don't think right now I feel any different than I did a year ago or anything. I feel healthy, and I feel fine.
“Only thing is different is now maybe I know I have cancer. You know what? It's tough news, but I don't think it has affected me much.”
He said there's about an 85 percent chance the mass is cancerous.
An ultrasound, DNA testing and a biopsy were all performed, Dr. Vyas said.
If there's something additional that Maatta needs to have done, that will come at the end of the season, Dr. Vyas said.
Begin the regular season no latter than Sept. 20, which would ensure the Stanley Cup finals to be over no later than May 31. The kids are back in school in September, vacation is over, let's drop the puck already. And who likes hockey games in June? Just silly. There would be resistance to this for sure, heck, one southern team governor once pondered at an owners' meeting the merits of starting the NHL season in late November so as to not conflict with the baseball playoffs and the start of the NFL season. I'm sorry, but you're either a hockey fan or you're not. Drop the puck Sept. 20 and don't worry about what the other sports are doing. No games in June!
-Pierre LeBrun of ESN on what he would do if in charge of the NHL. Read on for more ideas...
Almost four minutes of slow motion action from week 3 of the NHL season.
There once was a time you could only listen to the NHL. With that in mind, the best radio calls from week 3, listen below...
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