Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri has had a tough week. First, he runs afoul of Toronto management and is suspended for three games due to off-ice concerns – and on Monday against the Oilers, he elbows Edmonton left winger Matt Fraser in the head and likely will be suspended (this time, by the league) for it.
Kadri was playing his second game after returning from internal discipline last week, and late in Toronto’s road game against the Oilers, Kadri connected with Fraser’s head while making a play for the puck in the Leafs zone: Read more
Montreal Canadiens winger Brandon Prust is known around the league as a player who plays “on the edge”. Monday night against Tampa Bay, he appeared to go over that edge on a questionable hit from behind on Bolts goalie Ben Bishop that could earn him a date with the NHL’s discipline department.
The Lightning had a 3-0 lead on the Habs in the second period when the puck came around the boards toward the back of Bishop’s net. The goalie came out to play the puck, and Prust skated right into his back, knocking Bishop headfirst into the boards when Prust just as easily could’ve pulled up or avoided the collision: Read more
For months on end, people have approached Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan everywhere he went with advice about his team, and although everyone says it to him in their own special way, they’ve all said the same thing:
You’ve got to do something, Shanny. We can’t take it any more. For Salming’s sake, do something. Do anything.
And in approximately 11 months on the job, Shanahan has done something. Rather than just coming in and firing everyone on the payroll, he evaluated the situation at length. He could’ve just thrown bodies overboard, as if he were in a pro wrestling battle royal and not selecting crew members for a deep and lonely submarine journey. And as part of that process, he’s fired his head coach and has almost completely revamped Toronto’s front office. He’s presided over a process that has shipped out former Leafs Cody Franson, Mike Santorelli, David Clarkson and Daniel Winnik. And, most importantly, he’s got team ownership on board with a long-term, basement-to-chimney rebuilding program that has never been seen in modern franchise history.
But still, he hears it from the You Gotta Do Somethings and the That Don’t Impress Me Muchers.
It’s about culture change in the dressing room, Shanny. It’s about making the players accountable. What you’ve done is a start, but c’mon, do something about that. And hurry up, already.
On Wednesday morning, Shanahan spoke to reporters after doing something about that – namely, sitting out center Nazem Kadri for at least the next two games (after he already had been scratched for Monday’s tilt against the Isles for being late for a team meeting). Shanahan was frank when he said Kadri had a “history” behind this latest incident that caused management to act as it did: Read more
New York Islanders left winger Matt Martin was suspended for one game by the NHL’s department of player safety Wednesday for his knee-on-knee collision with veteran Stars blueliner Trevor Daley.
The collision took place early in the first period of Tuesday’s game between the Islanders and Dallas. Martin received a five-minute major penalty for kneeing on the play, as well as a game misconduct. But the league, which in its ruling Wednesday night referred to the play as “reckless”, decided that supplemental discipline was necessary: Read more
For the second time in less than a month, a hit that resulted in a knee injury for a Dallas Star could result in a suspension.
On Feb. 16, Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov was suspended four games for his low bridge hit on Stars center Tyler Seguin and now, little more than two weeks later, New York Islanders tough guy Matt Martin might be sitting out a few games after a vicious knee-on-knee collision with Dallas blueliner Trevor Daley.
The hit occurred two minutes into Wednesday’s game between the Islanders and Stars and left Daley down on the ice, wincing in pain. Martin was assessed a five-minute major for kneeing and a game misconduct. Take a look at the play: Read more
Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen has earned a three-game holiday thanks to his high, late hit on Florida Panthers winger Jussi Jokinen.
Cowen was given a minor penalty for interference for the hit, which occurred in the Senators’ Saturday contest with the Panthers, but supplemental discipline was not levied until Monday morning following Cowen’s phone hearing with the league. You can watch the hit below: Read more
The stat line said it all Saturday night for the Toronto Maple Leafs’ David Clarkson.
Two minutes and 31 seconds of ice time. 27 penalty minutes. Ejected from the game for a dangerous hit on Montreal’s Sergei Gonchar.
In short: a disaster.
Dallas Stars left winger Antoine Roussel is regarded as one of the NHL’s tougher customers, but when he cross-checked the neck of Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid Tuesday night, Roussel crossed the line and is likely going to receive a suspension for his actions.
It was early in the first period Tuesday in Boston when the play was moving up the ice from the Dallas zone and McQuaid narrowly missed hitting Roussel with what would have been a big check; McQuaid turns and immediately throws down his gloves, clearly willing to fight. But, rather than reply in kind, Roussel takes his stick and drives it directly into McQuaid’s neck: (video via SomeHockeyVideos) Read more