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from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- Injuries aren’t just a factor for teams, they are also affecting the officials. Three linesmen who retired last season (Scott Driscoll, Darren Gibbs, Brian Murphy) were not replaced. Four others — Derek Amell, Greg Devorski, Brian Mach and Steve Miller — have been out most of the year. As a result, the NHL’s needed to use minor-league referees as linesmen on a few occasions.

The league is also down two referees: Tim Peel (suspended) and Chris Rooney (injured). This doesn’t include short-term injuries, which pop up from time to time. It’s been a struggle.

- Get well soon, Carey Price. The Canadiens’ netminder was injured Monday night in the first period of their 4–1 loss to Edmonton and will miss at least a week in concussion protocol. Cayden Primeau is up on an emergency basis, and could face Calgary this week.

The secondary concern is the roster headaches this creates for Montreal. If they activate Cole Caufield, it will be their last available post-deadline recall. (You get four, and the previous were used up by Paul Byron, Xavier Ouellet and Alexander Romanov.) Adding Caufield would put someone on the taxi squad (Byron?) who cannot be recalled. It’s an extremely delicate dance, and I wouldn’t want to depend knowing only an injury could make someone like Byron eligible again.

-. Spencer Knight made his NHL debut Tuesday night, as the Panthers beat Columbus 5-1. He might have played sooner, but had to get his equipment modified to NHL standards. His chest protector, pads and pants all had to adjusted. (It’s possible he wears one of Sergei Bobrovsky’s old chest protectors.)

- Chris Johnston reported last week that the NHL sent a note to all teams warning of increased scrutiny on long-term injury usage, specifically when it came to cap manipulation. I don’t get riled up about this issue, since I try to manipulate the rules of every pool I’m in. But it drives some teams absolutely crazy.

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TreKronor's avatar

The league is also down two referees: Tim Peel (suspended)

Well wait a second.  I thought he was fired.  So did they just suspend him indefinitely so he’ll still get any retirement package he was in line for?

- Chris Johnston reported last week that the NHL sent a note to all teams warning of increased scrutiny on long-term injury usage, specifically when it came to cap manipulation.

Guess that means some changes forthcoming on what teams are allowed to do.  But in the meantime to send teams a note asking them to not do something they are allowed to do is a very NHL-type of thing to do.

 

Posted by TreKronor on 04/21/21 at 04:11 PM ET

SYF's avatar

But in the meantime to send teams a note asking them to not do something they are allowed to do is a very NHL-type of thing to do.

Posted by TreKronor on 04/21/21 at 04:11 PM ET

Cheeky.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 04/21/21 at 05:24 PM ET

shazam88's avatar

  The league is also down two referees: Tim Peel (suspended)

Well wait a second.  I thought he was fired.  So did they just suspend him indefinitely so he’ll still get any retirement package he was in line for?

Posted by TreKronor on 04/21/21 at 04:11 PM ET

There’s been no indication that he was formally fired, nor that he’d lose benefits. That would be a bitterly contested fight that would serve no greater purpose (and the league would lose, almost assuredly).

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 04/21/21 at 05:27 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

There’s been no indication that he was formally fired, nor that he’d lose benefits.

If you Google his name, every article that comes up says he was fired so that’s where I am coming from there.  Regarding the benefits, I have no doubt that would end up in court if the NHL didn’t want to honor the benefits (which would be silly…the whole thing is silly though imo).  The right thing to do would be to suspend him indefinitely until retirement, but that’s not how it was reported by the news sources.

This is where I would normally say how much I can’t stand any of the news sources, but I’ll refrain from saying that today.

Posted by TreKronor on 04/21/21 at 05:35 PM ET

The Meal's avatar

I recall he was suspended from officiating any remaining games on the schedule.

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 04/22/21 at 08:16 AM ET

The Meal's avatar

http://kuklaskorner.com/hockey/comments/referee-tim-peel-will-no-longer-work-an-nhl-game
” no longer will be working NHL games now or in the future”

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 04/22/21 at 08:20 AM ET

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