Pat Burns’ widow robbed after husband’s funeral

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Sometimes there are stories that restore your faith in the human condition and make you feel better about the world we live in.

This is not one of those stories.

Yesterday, former head coach Pat Burns was laid to rest in Montreal following his death due to terminal lung cancer. Over 1,000 people turned out for his funeral to pay respects to the former policeman turned hockey icon. It turns out that some folks don’t know how to be respectful of those in mourning as it was reported today that Burns’ wife, Line, had her car broken into and had items that were set to be sold at auction to benefit Pat Burns’ charity stolen.

Montreal police say someone broke into the car belonging to his wife, Line, and stole a number of the Burns family’s valuable possessions.

The stolen items included 30 autographed hockey jerseys, jewelry, and the late coach’s wallet.

Every time you think you’ve heard one of the worst stories something else always comes along to top it. Montreal police are asking that whoever stole the items to return them and given that this went down in Montreal, I wouldn’t want to be the guy guilty of robbing the widow of such a highly respected man. Given that the jerseys in particular were set to be sold for charity makes this crime all the more disgusting.

Stealing a dead man’s wallet though? I don’t know how a person can live with themselves after doing such a thing. Here’s to hoping that swift justice can be enacted in Montreal. If you’re looking to help out, the Montreal Gazette has the people to get in contact with to help catch this person.

Police are asking anyone with information, or anyone who might spot the items on a classified ad website or in a pawn shop, to call their confidential Infocrime line at 514-393-1133.

The thief, or thieves, are also being encouraged to call the line, Lemieux added. They can set up a drop-off point for the items, and no questions will be asked.

Going “no questions asked” is a good way to make sure the person responsible can save their own neck and from being run out of town.

Report: Islanders cut first-rounder Barzal from camp

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It seems Mathew Barzal has played in his last game in a New York Islanders’ uniform for a little while.

Barzal took part in the Islanders’ preseason finale against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, but after that contest the Islanders decided to return him to WHL Seattle, per Newsday’s Arthur Staple.

He was taken with the 16th overall pick in 2015 NHL Entry Draft. That selection was well-traveled as it originally belonged to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but was involved in the David Perron trade and then moved to the Islanders as part of Edmonton’s deal to get Griffin Reinhart.

Barzal is noteworthy for his skill and speed, but he may have slipped in the draft due to a knee injury he sustained during the 2014-15 campaign.

The Islanders also reassigned Kirill Petrov, Kevin Czuczman, Scott Mayfield, and Adam Pelech to the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Torres offered in-person hearing, potentially setting up long suspension

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What will Raffi Torres get this time?

The 33-year-old forward that has become known primarily for his controversial hits has once again put himself in the sights of the NHL’s Department of Players Safety. They confirmed that he was offered an in-person hearing following his hit on Jakub Silfverberg Saturday night. He declined the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face, but the offer itself is an important detail because it gives the league the option to suspend him for more than five games.

It certainly seems like the stage is set for a lengthy suspension. While Torres is not considered a repeat offender as his last suspension came more than 18 months ago, the NHL still retains the right to consider his history when deciding on this matter.

Among other incidents, he was once was banned from 25 games for his hit on Marian Hossa in 2012, although it was later reduced to 21 contests after an appeal. The NHL found that Torres was guilty of breaking three rules for that hit; namely interference, charging, and illegally hitting the head. The NHL is reviewing Torres’ latest incident for the same three violations.

You can see the hit below:

And here it is slowed down:

Torres got a match penalty and Silfverberg left the game. Fortunately, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have returned, but was kept out for precautionary reasons.