Ted Leonsis unhappy with officiating

Leonsis.jpgTed Leonsis has done a heck of job building the Capitals into the
most exciting team in the NHL, and he’s also one of the most outspoken
owners in the league. He’s comparable to Mark Cuban in that respect,
without all of the histrionics from the 2nd row of course.

last night’s Armstrong hit on Matthieu Perreault, Leonsis was
understandably upset with the lack of a penalty call on the hit. Dan
Steinberg of the D.C. Sports Blog has these thoughts from Leonsis
when he appeared on the
Mike Wise show
this morning.

“And then officiating. I was
really upset last night. Go
to YouTube
. We’ve worked so hard to have the players respect one
another, we don’t want hits in the head, and last night a player from
Atlanta takes out one of our guys, throws his arm in his head, no
penalty. I mean, not only is it showing no respect, but we didn’t get a
power play. We only had one power play last night.”

This is an
issue that is NHL-wide, not just something that’s gone against the
Capitals. But it certainly sounds as though Leonsis is taking this

He cares about this team, and he’s worked hard to get
the Capitals into great position for a Stanley Cup run. But he also
mentions in the interview that the Capitals have five “exhibition games”

I’d be more worried about the team’s ability to get
through the next week or so, playing as hard as possible while gearing
up for the playoffs. It’s tough to just turn on the lights when it
matters, but the Caps shouldn’t have much trouble with that.

Sharks send three to AHL; still waiting on Torres suspension

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The San Jose Sharks have assigned forwards Nikolay Goldobin and Melker Karlsson and defenseman Mirco Mueller to AHL San Jose.

Goldobin and Mueller are both first-round picks — the former in 2014, the latter in 2013.

Goldobin had one goal and two assists in five preseason games. It’s possible he could be called back up when the NHL suspends Raffi Torres.

Torres remains part of the 23-man roster (see below) but is facing a lengthy ban for his hit on Anaheim’s Jakub Silfverberg. Torres has a hearing today.

Rookie defenseman Dylan DeMelo is also on the roster. The 22-year-old had one goal and two assists in four preseason games.

Sharks roster

Glencross released from another PTO, this time by Avs

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Curtis Glencross’ hard-luck preseason continued on Monday, as the Avalanche announced they released him from his training camp tryout.

Glencross had previously been cut from Toronto’s camp, which he described as “kind of a shock” move. Following that release, the 32-year-old quickly shifted to Colorado but arrived fairly late in the overall process, and only got a bit of exposure before being let go.

While some thought yesterday’s trade of Freddie Hamilton to Calgary may have opened up a spot for Glencross, the Avs now appear to be going in a different direction.

A two-time 20-goal scorer that netted 13 in 71 games last year, it’s unclear what lies ahead for Glencross.