Sabres goalie Michal Neuvirth first goalie fined this season for diving

Adam Proteau
Michal Neuvirth and Mike Santorelli (Rob Marczynski/NHL)

Buffalo Sabres goalie Michal Neuvirth became the NHL’s first goalie publicly fined for diving this season when the league levied a $2,000 penalty on him for diving and embellishment in a game against the Nashville Predators on Sunday.

The 26-year-old Neuvirth was fined after his second offense of the season. The first took place against Toronto on Nov. 15, and merited a warning; the second offense came Sunday when he drew a penalty on Preds right winger Mike Santorelli: Read more

THN mock deadline trades: Jagr, Lupul and Vermette

Jaromir Jagr (Getty Images)

Better rush to get this blog up before every name in the headline above finds a new team.

The writing on the wall is pretty much in perma-Sharpie for right winger Jaromir Jagr and center Antoine Vermette. Left winger Joffrey Lupul has a decent shot at changing addresses before March 2′s trade deadline, too, assuming the Toronto Maple Leafs eat some of his $5.25-million cap hit.

Admit it: one of the funnest things to do this time of year is speculate on deals and propose some of your own. Let’s take a crack at it in this space with a few plausible swaps for each on-the-block player.

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Jets land Tlusty from Hurricanes, Maple Leafs deal Winnik to Penguins

Jiri Tlusty (Bruce Kluckhohn/Getty Images)

At this rate, there won’t be any trades left for deadline day.

The Winnipeg Jets announced Wednesday afternoon they have acquired Jiri Tlusty from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a third-round pick 2016 in and a conditional fifth-round selection – which could become a sixth-round pick – in 2015.

Minutes before the Jets announced their acquisition of Tlusty, the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired Daniel Winnik from the Toronto Maple Leafs. For Winnik, the Maple Leafs received a second-round selection in 2016, fourth-round pick in 2015 and winger Zach Sill. Read more

Rumor Roundup: Next moves for Maple Leafs, Glencross trade on the horizon

Toronto Maple Leafs' Joffrey Lupul

As the NHL trade deadline draws nearer, expectation is growing over possible moves by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Their mid-February trading of Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli to the Nashville Predators is considered the first of several significant moves as the Leafs begin a long-overdue rebuild.

The Toronto Sun’s Rob Longley reports “many players”, led by winger Daniel Winnik, center Tyler Bozak, defenseman Roman Polak and perhaps goaltender Jonathan Bernier, could be playing elsewhere soon. Read more

THN Trade Deadline Preview: Atlantic Division


If there’s going to be trade action in any division, the Atlantic is the one to watch. With Montreal, Tampa Bay and Detroit fighting for top spot, Boston and Florida trading punches in the Wild Card and Toronto set for a full rebuild, there’s potential for the entire division to be shaken up on March 2. Even if the star players, such as Maple Leafs Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf, aren’t moved at the deadline, there are going to be changes coming to the Atlantic as the teams either push for a shot in the wide open Eastern Conference or shuffle the deck and build for the future. Read more

Morgan Rielly’s mistake, casual misogyny and the empty idea of “The Outrage Police”

Adam Proteau
Morgan Rielly (John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)

Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly made a mistake in front of a reporter on Friday. People make mistakes every day in every profession, but the public nature of Rielly’s job propels into the spotlight everything he does, whether it’s good or bad.

And don’t fool yourself: what he said on Friday was a mistake. We should take him at his word when he says he meant no disrespect, but in making a throwaway comment denigrating women as lesser than men, Rielly was absolutely wrong. That doesn’t mean he needed to be suspended, imprisoned or crucified, or that nobody will ever forgive him for it. It means he was wrong.

I said as much in a series of Tweets, and then a very strange, sad and telling thing happened. In replying to the tweets, two larger groups formed: women who agreed Rielly’s use of the word “girl” as a pejorative was a problem; and men who angrily lashed out just at the thought of having a discussion about it, let alone actually taking any steps to address it.

Go look at the conversations for yourself. The only conclusion you can arrive at is there’s a stark separation in reaction, and it happens across gender lines. If that fact on its own doesn’t tell hockey’s power brokers (who are, for the record, men) there’s a chasm of understanding that needs to be bridged, nothing will.

Now, that didn’t stop some men – including the usual toadies to power and status quo sycophants in the sports media – from falling on their backs, pounding their fists into the floor, dropping their soothers and crying out about their personal boogeyman, “The Outrage Police”.

If you’re unfamiliar with the embarrassing concept, The Outrage Police is an imaginary constabulary formed by people with whom you don’t agree on a particular subject. Read more

Rumor Roundup: Trade watch for Flames’ Glencross, Panthers’ Bergeheim heats up

Curtis Glencross (Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Curtis Glencross‘ days with the Calgary Flames could be numbered. The 32-year-old left winger is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported Tuesday there was no contract discussions between Glencross and Flames management, fuelling suggestions he could be dealt by the trade deadline.

Those rumors ramped up Friday when reports emerged from Calgary claiming Glencross, who has a full no-movement clause, was asked to provide a list of preferred trade destinations. However, the Calgary Herald’s Kristen Odland reports GM Brad Treliving said the veteran hasn’t requested a trade, adding it was possible Glencross could finish the season with the Flames. Read more

Maple Leafs tie game against Hurricanes… for 16 seconds

Jared Clinton
(Steve Russell, Toronto Star)

Since replacing coach Randy Carlyle with Peter Horachek, the Toronto Maple Leafs have gone 2-14-2, but there looked like there was a glimmer of hope against the Carolina Hurricanes – at least for 16 seconds.

With the Maple Leafs down 1-0 after a power play goal by Eric Staal midway through the first period, Brandon Kozun tied Friday’s game 1-1 at the 17:53 mark of the opening frame. Kozun’s goal, the first of his career, stood as the game tying goal for less time than it takes to tie a pair of skates. Read more