The grievance against the Tampa Bay Lightning, on behalf of Stephane
Veilleux, has been put on hold while the NHLPA takes time to have the
player review certain details. The grievance was supposed to be filed
Per Damian Cristodero of the Lightning Strikes blog:
PA is still working on the grievance and they want the player to
review certain portions of it, and it’s becoming quite extensive,” Walsh
said. “It’s not going to change anything. They want to make sure they
put something substantial into it.”
gives the Lightning some time to do right by their player, as this has
turned into a PR nightmare for the team as word has spread about their
unwillingness to pay for his shoulder surgery. The team is claiming the
injury is not hockey related, dangerous ground as it’s impossible to
determine exactly when this injury occurred.
Walsh told Cristobero
that he hasn’t heard from the Lightning today, and I doubt the team
thought the matter would get this sort of attention when they decided
not to pay for the surgery.
You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.
We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.
“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.
These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.
Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.
It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.
With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.
It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.
Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:
It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).
As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.
Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:
This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.
Update: Bullet dodged?