Bruins requested Chara's penalty be rescinded

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rescinded, so that the Bruins’s captain would avoid suspension for Game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precedent in the NHL, as the league rescinded an instigator penalty to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.

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

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.