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from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
An offhand and off-color remark by Sharks captain Joe Thornton has turned into an online firestorm.
Only one media outlet in the locker room actually used what Thornton had to say, but once the Vancouver Province put the full statement on its hockey blog, it was widely distributed through Twitter and appeared on other sites such as Deadspin.
The Sharks took issue with the decision to post what Thornton said.
"I don't think it would be a surprise to anyone in the industry that 'locker room talk' exists," Sharks director of communications Scott Emmert said in a prepared statement. "Professional reporters understand that concept and respect it."
If you missed what Thornton said, you can read it here and it may be offensive to some.
from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
Capitals Coach Adam Oates can appreciate the cool play, but sides with those who don’t see that type of goal as appropriate.
“I’m upset. I was just talking to George [McPhee] and he said all the kids do that nowadays, which I understand. But would he have done it on his first goal?” Oates said. “He hasn’t scored yet tonight and he gets a breakaway, is he going to do that on his breakaway? We’ll see.
“I think it was a little bit of a mood thing, which I’m sure they talked about, because they didn’t play him after that,” Oates continued. “I’m glad the coach did that because this league, it will bite you if you’re not sharp. Don’t disrespect the league. I’m sure it was a rookie mistake.”
During Oates’s playing days, a goal like that would have brought at least a fight or a solid slash from a goaltender, if not more.
more and if you missed or want to see the goal again, watch it below...
added 8:42pm,Watch Brendan Shanahan with the explanation below...
San Jose Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart will have a hearing Wednesday with the NHL Department of Player Safety for an incident during a game Tuesday night against the New York Rangers at SAP Center.
At 2:32 of the first period, Stuart was assessed a minor penalty for elbowing after a hit on New York forward Rick Nash.
Nash played several more shifts in the first period, but did not return after the first intermission.
The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: illegal check to the head. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
Watch the hit here... and comments from Nash are in the comment section of that link...
SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that forward Raffi Torres underwent successful surgery this morning to repair a torn ACL in his right knee.
The surgery was performed by Dr. Arthur Ting.
"Raffi's surgery went very well and we look forward to having him back in our line-up later this season," said Wilson.
Reports popping up on Twitter today state Torres will be out between 3-5 months.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
So when Marc-Edouard Vlasic questioned the consistency of the NHL’s punishment in his case last April and the ruling this week suspending Toronto forward Phil Kessel for three pre-season games (see previous posting), I tried to reach NHL director of player safety Brendan Shanahan for a response.
I expected a pro forma “we don’t engage in post-decision discussions” from the league. Instead I got an email back from Shanahan. That led to a late-night phone call and after some off-the-record conversation, he decided to respond on the record. Here’s what he had to say:
“My door is always open to any player. If he truly wants an explanation, he can reach out to me anytime and I will give him an explanation. That is an easy route and not something that he necessarily needs to do through the newspaper.
“On each incident, we dissect the details. We use our experience to try to establish intent, degree of recklessness. For someone to say the judgment is too lenient of the judgment is too harsh, that’s perfectly acceptable because this is a subjective job and we respect that other people have other opinions.”
read on and if you don't remember the slash from Vlasic on Heatley from early April, watch it below. Vlasic was fined $8,378.38 for the slash.
“Obviously, there are different aspects of my game that always need fine-tuning. I’ll have to work a little better with taking pucks away, and not leading with the big hit. Just playing a little smarter out there. Obviously, we don’t want to go through something like [the suspension] again. I know it’s a broken tape recorder, but I’ve just got to keep working the system, and playing the right way to stay in the game.”
-Raffi Torres of the San Jose Sharks. More on Torres from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.
from Devon Heinen of ESPN.com,
The score was knotted at 3-3 with about three and a half minutes left in the third period when traffic forced (Alex) Stalock down on his stomach to try to cover up the puck. However, the puck squirted out from under him, and Monarchs forward Dwight King had to jump over the goalie. But King didn't clear Stalock and landed with one skate on top of the back of Stalock's left knee.
Stalock tried to get up, but instead he tumbled and floundered on the ice.
"Everyone kind of thought he pulled something," Worcester teammate John McCarthy said, recalling watching from the bench. "There was no blood on the ice or anything."
From his bench, Monarchs head coach Mark Morris remembered his gut telling him it must have been worse than what the home team was thinking.
"You could tell he was hurt and hurt in a big way," Morris recalled somberly. "It was very much one of those moments in time where you're almost sickened by it."
After being helped off the ice, Stalock made his way straight to the trainers' room, where the team's medical staff found a cut. At first, Stalock was relieved. Further examination, though, showed his peroneal nerve -- the nerve that controls movement and feeling in the lower leg, foot and toes -- and tendon had been severed. He was taken away in an ambulance for surgery.
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