Awaiting word on possible Hossa suspension

Hossa.jpgI’m not going to get into another big debate over the Marian Hossa
hit, although I’m not so certain it’s exactly like the Alex Ovechkin on
Brian Campbell hit. They’re certainly going to draw comparisons, as it
was a hit from behind that sent Dan Hamhuis awkwardly into the boards.

To me, it’s not a clear cut as bad as the Ovechkin hit, as he had both
arms clearly on Campbell’s back before shoving forward. Hossa basically
but an extended arm push into the side of Hamhuis. It was dangerous, it
was reckless and it was unfortunate, but was it dirty and was it
suspension-worthy? Doubtful.

Of course, the fact that Hamhuis was not injured and Campbell was
makes these two plays separate as well in the eyes of the NHL. Some
asked why Hossa wasn’t given a game misconduct; simply because Hamhuis
wasn’t injured and Campbell was at the time.

Per the Chicago Tribune, Marian
Hossa says it was just an accident:

“I tried to go for the puck,” Hossa said. “The guy turned
his back to me. You don’t want to hit a player that way, but I couldn’t
stop my motion.”

Of course, Barry Trotz calls it similar to the Campbell hit. He also
says that the NHL has been fair in their past decisions; I’m don’t know
if he’s being sincere or just speaking the company line.

Panthers’ Crouse is going back to junior

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Lawson Crouse is going back to junior. The big 18-year-old winger confirmed it today on Twitter.

Crouse was drafted 11th overall in June by the Florida Panthers. Despite the club’s belief that Crouse could make “an immediate impact” on the roster, he finished the preseason with just two shots and one assist in three games.

Crouse will return to the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, with whom he’ll look to improve on his modest point totals from last season.

“I don’t think there’s any pressure on the kid,” coach Gerard Gallant said last week. “If he doesn’t make the team this year he goes back to junior … and will have a lot of success.”

Yes! Jagr’s bringing back the mullet

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The greatest mullet in sports history is making a comeback.

According to the Miami Herald’s George Richards, Jaromir Jagr says he’s bringing back the party in the back.

“I have to,” Jagr, 43, said.

Jagr’s teammate with the Florida Panthers, goalie Roberto Luongo, appears to have been the lead lobbyist in all this.

Anyway, this is fantastic.