According to TSN’s
Darren Dreger, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli formally
submitted a request in order to have Zdeno Chara’s instigator penalty
rescinded, so that the Bruins’s captain would avoid suspension for Game
Chara was not involved in any in-game incident
prior to his retaliation
which under Rule 47.22 provides the criteria for Colin Campbell, the
NHL’s Director of Hockey Operations, to lift the automatic suspension
which coincides with this penalty.
This isn’t without
precedent in the NHL, as the league rescinded an instigator penalty to
Evgeni Malkin in last year’s playoffs as well.
Harrington of the Buffalo News asks if the league would have made
the same decision had a lesser player been penalized, such as Patrick
Kaleta or Cody McCormick. What if Shawn Thornton for the Bruins was the
one with the instigator?
As always in decisions like these, the
NHL weighs in a player’s prior performance, reputation and the severity
of the incident. The problem is that cameras failed, somehow, to catch
the start of the scrum so it’s tough for me to say if this incident was
severe enough to question the NHL’s decision. The on ice officials, with
nine players involved, somehow felt that Chara deserved to be singled
out and has to at least be a bit significant.
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Jacob Trouba‘s agent Kurt Overhardt repeatedly shot down certain questions as “private” matters regarding a very public trade request from the Winnipeg Jets, yet his interview on TSN’s Hustler & Lawless spoke volumes about the impasse.
From the sound of things, it would be tough for the Jets to get Trouba to change course and sign a deal with the team.
Trouba seeks a spot as a top two defenseman, or at least one of a team’s top two options on the right side, something Overhardt firmly believes cannot happen in Winnipeg. He quickly deflected hypothetical scenarios regarding Dustin Byfuglien moving to the left or Tyler Myers getting bumped down the Jets’ depth chart.
“None of this is happening on a whim,” Overhardt said. ” … This has nothing to do with money.”
There has been no negotiation regarding the terms of a contract between our client and the Jets over the course of the last several months. The situation is not about money; it is solely about our client having the opportunity to realize his potential as a right shot NHL defenseman.
To the Jets credit, the club has two outstanding right shot veteran defensemen and our client simply wants the opportunity to have a greater role. As a consequence of the Jets depth on the right side, we believe it is in both parties’ best interest to facilitate a mutually advantageous trade.
The 23-year-old defenseman has to appreciate the fact that this is a one-way deal, as the Lightning blueline isn’t the easiest group to crack. (That will be especially true if James Wisniewski makes an impression with his PTO.)
Nesterov has been battling for ice time the past two seasons and was also a member of Russia’s World Cup team. It’s super-important to note that he wears No. 89, which is a little unusual for a defenseman.
It’s too early to say that MacArthur will be forced to retire after this latest injury. At the moment, the Senators were merely happy to see him at the rink receiving treatment, as Guy Boucher toldreporters.
It’s a thought echoed by Senators GM Pierre Dorion shortly after the check, noting that they’re most focused on MacArthur as a “human being.”
Many wonder if Sieloff will face repercussions – perhaps even being released – for delivering such a hit during a scrimmage, especially after just being acquired.
So far, it sounds like he isn’t getting much heat, at least beyond the initial reaction of players getting physical with him right after the check. Boucher said “we’re not pointing fingers at the young kid right now,” according to Warren.