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from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,
“After four years of being away from the NHL to come back, it’s probably, when he sits down tonight, a deep sense of satisfaction,” Boudreau said.
Bell said he felt “energized and excited about the moment.” His last NHL game April 5, 2008 while with Toronto against Montreal and there were certainly times in the interim where he felt that his chances at getting back into the NHL were slim and none.
“You got to be your biggest supporter,” he said. “You don’t want to doubt yourself. There’s obviously some dog days where you going through stuff like that.
“I try to not to doubt myself. But you have some tough days and it creeps in. For the most part, I just believed in myself.”
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled center Mark Bell from the Syracuse Crunch, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).
Bell, 31 (8/5/80), appeared in 32 contests with the Crunch in 2011-12, scoring 5-8=13 points with 33 penalty minutes (PIM). The 6-4, 206-pound center scored a season-high two goals (2-0=2) on Oct. 26 at Lake Erie in a 7-0 Crunch shutout. In addition, Bell had a season-high three-game point streak from Oct. 29-Nov. 6 (2-4=6), including a season-high three-point game (1-2=3) on Nov. 5 vs. Richmond.
Signed by Anaheim as a free agent on July 20, 2011, Bell has played seven NHL seasons with Chicago (2000-06), San Jose (2006-07) and Toronto (2007-08), collecting 87-95=182 points with 597 PIM in 445 career games. He last appeared in the NHL with Toronto in 2007-08, scoring 4-6=10 points with 60 PIM in 35 games. Bell played 80 games-or-more in four consecutive seasons from 2001-06, including a full 82-game schedule in three straight NHL campaigns. Bell has also appeared in nine career Stanley Cup Playoff games with Chicago (2002) and San Jose (2007), going scoreless with 10 PIM.
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed center Mark Bell to a one-year contract. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.
Bell, 30 (8/5/80), has played seven NHL seasons with Chicago (2000-06), San Jose (2006-07) and Toronto (2007-08), collecting 87-95=182 points with 597 penalty minutes (PIM) in 445 career games. He last appeared in the NHL with Toronto in 2007-08, scoring 4-6=10 points with 60 PIM in 35 games. The 6-3, 220-pound center played 80 games-or-more in four consecutive seasons from 2001-06, including a full 82-game schedule in three straight NHL campaigns. Bell has also appeared in nine career Stanley Cup Playoff games with Chicago (2002) and San Jose (2007), going scoreless with 10 PIM.
Update 3:55pm ET: According to Helene Elliott, Bell’s contract is $575,000/$105,000
The New York Rangers have claimed Mark Bell from Toronto according to Fan590.
Update 12:30pm ET: From TSN—
Although he has been claimed by the Rangers, he will not be in the lineup tonight when the Blue shirts face the Maple Leafs on TSN.
Numerous sources reporting Toronto has waived Mark Bell.
Anyone want him for $2.5M?
added 1:10PM, via TSN,
The Toronto Maple Leafs placed forward Mark Bell on waivers on Monday, while the Calgary Flames have put defencemen Anders Eriksson and Rhett Warrener and forward Jamie Lundmark on the waiver wire.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Surrounded by drug addicts, wife-beaters and other convicted felons, Mark Bell quietly picked up pieces of garbage out of the tall grass under the sweltering California summer sun.
It was, he admits, as far removed from the pampered lifestyle of the National Hockey League as you could get.
For 11 weeks this was Mark Bell’s life. Every morning, he would report to a California correctional facility to learn of that day’s assignment. It might be cleaning up litter. Or it could involve landscaping duties. Whatever dirty job he was assigned, he did it.
“It humbles you,” Bell said yesterday. “It gives you humility. More than anything else, that is probably the biggest change in me.”
from the CP via Yahoo,
‘But Alfredsson took some of the heat off the Toronto Maple Leafs forward Friday by blaming himself for winding up on the receiving end of a blind-side hit from Bell that will force the him to miss the Senators’ final regular-season game and at least the start of the playoffs should they qualify.
“I think it’s more myself (at fault),” said Alfredsson, who’s out with an unspecified upper-body injury and a knee injury, although he denied he suffered a concussion. “Usually I’m aware of what’s going on around me and I had no idea he was coming.”
from the CP via TSN,
The 27-year-old forward will have served his 15-game suspension after Toronto plays in Montreal on Saturday night. Bell will make his Maple Leafs debut on Tuesday in Ottawa.
Practice has taken on a different feel as his debut draws closer. Bell has been around the team all year and looked downright giddy on Thursday as he contemplated actually getting into a game.
‘‘It’s been a long time since I played,’’ said Bell, who last saw the ice for San Jose on May 7. ‘‘I’m just looking forward to getting out there with the guys.’‘
Sources tell TSN Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mark Bell is expected to be reinstated today, ending his indefinite suspension after being placed into stage two of the NHL’s substance abuse program last month.
Bell will now begin serving the additional 15 game suspension handed down by the National Hockey League and won’t make his Maple Leafs debut until November 6th in Ottawa.
TORONTO (September 12, 2007): Following today’s media release issued by the National Hockey League announcing the suspension of Mark Bell for 15 regular-season games, NHLPA Associate Counsel, Ian Penny issued the following statement:
“The NHLPA sees no basis for the excessive suspension Gary Bettman has imposed upon Mark Bell.Mark has fully accepted the serious consequences of his actions. He faces incarceration at the conclusion of the season and has already been suspended without pay as a result of his placement in Stage 2 of the NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health program (SABH). There is no legitimate purpose served by adding a substantial league disciplinary suspension to the severe sanctions that have already been imposed.
We are currently reviewing all of our legal options with respect to this matter.”
The NHLPA will have no further comment at this time.
from the blog of Bob McKenzie at TSN,
The first thing that needs to be said about the Mark Bell suspension is this: if you are an NHL player and you get convicted of a significant crime, you are going to get further punishment from the league.
Now, in the light of the fact Bell got 15 games, you can debate whether it’s too light or too heavy, but the real issue is that he was suspended.
Rick Tocchet, take note.
Toronto Maple Leafs’ Mark Bell received a 15 regular season game suspension from the NHL on Wednesday.
added 12:07pm, Statement from Gary Bettman,
“Playing in the National Hockey League is a privilege, and with that privilege comes a corresponding responsibility for exemplary conduct off the ice as well as on it,” Commissioner Bettman said. “Mark Bell will serve jail time following the 2007-08 season after pleading to felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from an alcohol-related automobile accident that caused an injury. He also left the scene of the accident. Such conduct is a violation of our covenant with our fans, and to the game, and is prejudicial to the welfare of the League.
“However, over the past year, Mark has made extraordinary strides in his rehabilitation. This positive progress was a material factor in reducing what could have been a lengthier suspension,” Commissioner Bettman added. “The NHL supports Mark’s commitment to learning from his past mistakes and his efforts to move his life forward in a positive direction.”