There isn’t much to say about Paul Bissonnette’s on-ice game. He’s a minimum-wage plugger willing to do what he can to stick with an NHL team (he’s played limited minutes for the Pittsburgh Penguins and most recently last season with the Phoenix Coyotes). If it were just for hockey, he’d be a mere blip on the radar.
As an outspoken member of the Twitter community, though, Bissonnette will have his 15 minutes of infamy. He put his foot in his mouth in a big way over the Ilya Kovalchuk contract rejection last night. Although the message was recanted and deleted, Fear the Fin’s Ivan Makarov managed to pull a screen grab of Bissonnette’s comment. Here it is.
Jeff Marek reports that Bissonnette deactivated his Twitter account today. One must speculate if he was “gently encouraged” to do so by his agent/someone in the Coyotes front office/a league executive. It’s important to note, again, that the rugged player did apologize for his comments. Former player Justin Bourne looks at Bissonnette’s Twitter departure as a loss for anyone who wants hockey players to be a bit more candid toward the media and fans.
Bissonnette was the exact thing I always rail about – the league needs more of him. Blue collar, no rhodes scholar, uncensored. Thats hockey
Still, this is yet another cautionary tale about players/agents/writers thinking that they can delete their online mistakes. When it comes to controversial stories and comments, there are plenty of ways for people to hold you to your comments. From screen grabs like Makarov’s to Google’s cached copies of old blog entries, it’s becoming more and more difficult for entities to keep writing skeletons in the digital closet.
It’s a shame that outspoken players some may reasonably call “blowhards” keep getting their comeuppance, but if you can’t handle the heat, stay out of the Twitter kitchen (Twitchen?).
Alex Burrows doesn’t want a trade out of Vancouver and he wants to make sure everyone knows it.
On Saturday, Sportsnet’s Elliott Friedman reported that Burrows was potentially willing to waive his no-trade clause if a deal came up.
When asked about the report, Burrows went into denial mode.
“There’s no truth to that,” Burrows told beat reporter Ben Kuzma. “I’ve never talked to management or coaches about it.
“Last time I talked to my agent was to wish him Merry Christmas.”
Whether or not Burrows is willing to accept a deal out of Vancouver may be irrelevant.
The 34-year-old has seven goals and 16 points in 53 games this season, and he comes with a cap hit of $4.5 million dollars next season.
That’s pretty steep for a guy who’s on pace to score just 25 points this year.
If the Canucks want to find a taker for his services (assuming he’s willing to go), they’ll likely have to take a good-sized contract back or they’ll have to eat some of his remaining salary.
It makes sense that a swift bit of history happened in a game in which three goals were scored scored on three shots in about three minutes.
Brad Marchand found the net eight seconds in after an icing call, setting a new record for the Boston Bruins.
(You can see that goal in the video above.)
Watch that three-goal burst in this video:
The two teams weren’t done then. Loui Eriksson made it 3-1 while Pavel Datsyuk scored his 900th point to make it 3-2.
Maybe the best moment wasn’t a goal: Torey Krug was seemingly hurt by a Pavel Datsyuk hit, yet he returned without missing much time.
When the New Jersey Devils shut down a team 1-0, it’s usually with Cory Schneider in net.
Their workhorse got the afternoon off against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday, yet Keith Kinkaid did his Schneider impression, grabbing his first NHL shutout in the process.
It was a low-event game with just 46 combined shots on goal, but Kinkaid had to work, stopping all 28 shots. To give you an idea of how tight this game was, the only tally was credited to David Schlemko on the power play.
This gives the Devils three straight wins. They managed to climb into third place in the Metropolitan Division, although New Jersey’s edge is a little misleading; the Islanders trail them by one standings point while holding three games in hand.
That leaves the Islanders in the bottom wild card spot, while the Penguins aren’t so far behind either.
Third in Metro: Devils – 65 points with 57 games played
Second wildcard: Islanders – 64 points, 54 GP
First spot outside the East playoffs: Penguins – 63 points, 54 GP
So, the Devils’ hold of a playoff spot is a bit tenuous, yet the bottom line is that they’re staying in the mix.
The Kings, meanwhile, remain comfortably in first in the Pacific.
The Boston Bruins (without Patrice Bergeron) take on the Detroit Red Wings (missing Jonathan Ericsson) on Sunday afternoon.
It’s a matchup between the second-ranked and third-ranked teams in the Atlantic Division, with little separating the two in the standings.
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