Paul Bissonnette's off-hand remarks about Kovalchuk bring his Twitter account to an end


paulbiznastyfalling.jpgThere 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.

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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?).

Columbus collapse: Rangers spoil Blue Jackets’ opener

Jarret Stoll, Mats Zuccarello
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For a little more than a minute, Brandon Saad was going to be the story of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ opener. Instead, his power-play goal merely got the ball rolling on a flabbergasting finish.

The New York Rangers scored three goals in 1:17 of game time to manage a 4-2 win.

They’ve now spoiled home openers for the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets to begin their 2015-16 season.

It might be easiest just to show you when the goals were scored, noting that the third period began with a 1-1 tie.

Brandon Saad power-play goal: 16:10 into third period (2-1 Columbus)
Oscar Lindberg: 17:24 (2-2 tie)
Kevin Hayes: 17:41 (3-2 Rangers)
Mats Zuccarello: 18:41 (4-2 Rangers)

Yikes. Zuccarello scored two of the Rangers’ goals, while a beauty by Cam Atkinson is likely long forgotten.

This post will be updated if there’s video of that staggering sequence.

Welcome back, Babs: Red Wings chase Bernier

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Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.

His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.

As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.

The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.

This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.

Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.

Here’s video of Abdelkader’s hat trick: