Former NHLer Andre Deveaux goes haywire, attacks opponent in ugly Swedish League incident

Adam Proteau
Andre Deveaux in his brief stint as a New York Ranger in the 2011-12 season. (Mike Stobe/NHL via Getty Images)

Well-traveled center Andre Deveaux played 31 NHL games with the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers from 2008-2012, but he will likely be known from this point on as the man who snapped before a Swedish League game and brutally attacked an opponent with a blind-side attack that included a baseball-type swing of his stick.

Deveaux’s Rogle BK team was set to take on VIK Vasteras HK Thursday in Game 4 of a playoff series that would determine which team would go on to play in Sweden’s top division. But in warmup, Deveaux suddenly went after Vasteras captain Per Helmersson from behind, slashing him viciously in the leg, and then taking another clubbing swing at Helmersson’s head before he tackled him and pushed him to the ice: (video via Reddit user kaugesaar) Read more

Suspend him or not: Kings’ Toffoli boards Canucks’ Burrows

Jared Clinton
Tyler Toffoli

For the first time in his young career, Tyler Toffoli may be getting a call from the Department of Player Safety.

During Saturday afternoon’s game between the Kings and Canucks, Toffoli sent Vancouver Canucks winger Alex Burrows head first into the boards with a crosscheck to the back. Burrows stayed down on the ice for several moments before being helped from the ice.

You can see the play, which resulted in a five-minute major and a game misconduct for Toffoli, below: Read more

P.K. Subban hit with $3,000 fine for third diving infraction

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P.K. Subban (Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Fines for diving and embellishment have been dished out to several players this season, but Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban has become the first player to be publicly shamed twice under the new anti-embellishment rules. As such, the NHL has hit his wallet for $3,000.

Subban’s third disciplined embellishment comes little more than a month after he was tagged for diving in a contest against the New York Rangers and fined $2,000, the first punishable amount under the guidelines outlined by Rule 64.

The $3,000 dive came in a March 12 contest against the Ottawa Senators after Subban got tangled up with Erik Condra. Condra’s stick got caught in Subban’s midsection and he fell to the ice. There was no call on the play, and Ottawa’s Bobby Ryan nearly went the other way to score. You can see the incident below: Read more

Nazem Kadri suspended four games for head hit on Matt Fraser

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Nazem Kadri (Rene Johnston/Toronto Star/Getty Images)

Three games after Nazem Kadri got back into the Maple Leafs’ lineup following a three-game disciplinary benching, he’ll be back on the sidelines after receiving a four-game suspension by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

The suspension comes two days after Kadri caught Edmonton Oilers winger Matt Fraser in the head with a blindside check to the head. Fraser, who stayed down following the hit, had to be helped from the ice and did not return to the game. While Fraser has not been officially sidelined, he has been undergoing concussion protocol and may be forced to miss time.

Sitting for four games will mean Kadri will have played in only seven of the Maple Leafs final 11 games of the season, and will have missed seven of their last 16 outings in 2014-15. Read more

Suspend him or not: Andrew Shaw headbutts Brock Nelson

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Andrew Shaw (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Chicago Blackhawks winger Andrew Shaw might be watching a few games from the sidelines after a headbutt to the face of New York Islanders sophomore center Brock Nelson.

Little more than five minutes into the second period of Tuesday’s game between the Blackhawks and Islanders, Shaw and Nelson tangled up along the boards and remained engaged for a few seconds after the puck had left the area. That’s when Shaw caught Nelson in the face with the top of his helmet. As Shaw skated away, the referee blew the play dead and Shaw was escorted to the penalty box: Read more

Nazem Kadri’s very bad week continues: Leafs center could be suspended after hit on Oilers’ Fraser

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Nazem Kadri (Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

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

Suspend him or not: Canadiens’ Brandon Prust drills Lightning goalie Ben Bishop

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Brandon Prust battles Lightning players after checking goalie Ben Bishop. (Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

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

Brendan Shanahan, Leafs send shot across bow of Nazem Kadri – & Toronto’s roster – to effect culture change

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Nazem Kadri (Rene Johnston/Toronto Star/Getty Images)

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