Adam Burish made a bit of stir yesterday when video was circulated of
him stating after the Hawks’ win that he thought Chris Pronger was “the
biggest idiot in the league” and that he’d punch him in the face if he
saw him again.
The immediate response was one of incredulity, as most couldn’t
believe someone like Burish would call out a player like Pronger like
that, especially after he had just won the Stanley — from the press
box. Burish was certainly effective, at times, but when the Blackhawks
really started to roll he couldn’t find his way onto the ice. Meanwhile,
Pronger was getting nearly 30 minutes of ice time a game while
cementing his place in the NHL as one of the greatest defensemen of the
Disagree with his tactics, claim you hate how he seems to get away
with so much, but the fact remains that Chris Pronger is still one of
the best in the NHL. Burish may have made himself a bit of a cult hero
for speaking his mind, but in the end it was a bit classless. Ok, it was
Pronger asked, “Did he play?” and said
he didn’t comment on players who want 5 minutes of fame.
Pronger was told that Burish said he wanted to punch him next time they
saw each other, Pronger cracked: “Where’s that? In the minors?”
about the best response you could expect.
The Edmonton Oilers have assigned center Leon Draisaitl to AHL Bakersfield.
The demotion of Draisaitl, 19, means 21-year-old rookie Anton Slepyshev has made the opening-day roster after scoring twice and adding two assists in exhibition action.
The Oilers experimented during the preseason with Draisaitl, a natural center, on the wing. He didn’t have a particularly poor camp, finishing with one goal and three assists in six games.
But Slepyshev apparently impressed more.
“He’s a young player but he’s played pro hockey before,” coach Todd McLellan told the Edmonton Journal. “You can see it.”
Slepyshev played 58 games in the KHL last season, scoring 15 goals for Salavat Yulaev Ufa.
A preseason push by a number of Vancouver Canucks youngsters has left forward Linden Vey and defenseman Frank Corrado on waivers today.
The more surprising name of the two is Corrado, the 22-year-old who entered the season with an excellent chance of making the opening-day roster. However, it seems that rookie d-man Ben Hutton, 22, has been given the nod after finishing an eye-opening preseason with one goal and four assists in seven games. (This despite Hutton being waiver exempt. So it’s a risk for the Canucks, to be sure.)
It was the play of 19-year-old rookie Jared McCann that led, in part, to the waiving of Vey. (For more on that, click here.) Veteran Adam Cracknell remains with the team as well, to some surprise.
Rookie winger Jake Virtanen is also expected to be on Vancouver’s opening-day roster, though that’s no big shock.
Defenseman Alex Biega is also on waivers, as expected.