Ducks GM angry about the Olympics effect on his team

a shocker
: Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray is angry about the Olympics,
and how the Ducks season has fallen apart after returning from the

“We went in playing well and came out dead,”
Murray said,
referring to the team’s 14-6 surge before the Olympic break and an 0-4-1
nosedive in the Ducks’ first five games after the break. “We were
petrified of this (happening) because we had so many (Olympians). But
there’s no explanation for it. Disappointment is the best word I can

“Olympic hangover?” he said, repeating the words that
clearly were
repugnant to him. “Excuses are for losers. You knew the level of play
was going to be higher coming out of the Olympics than it was going in.
That’s just the way our game is. You have to want it bad. Bottom line,
we don’t have enough guys wanting it bad.”

soon as I heard Murray’s statement about excuses being for losers, my
mind instantly remembered this famous movie
(NSFW). Are the Olympics to blame? Tough to say that’s not a
major factor in the Ducks falling out of the playoff hunt.

Yet the
players and the coaches are ultimately responsible for their own play,
and excuses have to be left in the locker room. Murray is exactly right:
the players just haven’t wanted it bad enough. It’s not like the rest
of the league is suffering from a post-Olympics letdown.

To make matters worse, Ryan Getzlaf and Teemu Selanne were injured last night, and both are going to be re-evaluated today. Both could just be day-to-day, but it’s certainly just insult to, uhh,  injury at this point. And the Ducks actually won last night.

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

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Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.