The curious thing that happens when you’ve got a starting player on your roster old enough to be a member of the World Junior Championships team is that once December rolls around, you have to start wondering if it’s in your best interests to have that young player head out to participate in them.
In the case of Bruins rookie Tyler Seguin, the choice was easy for Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli whether or not to send him to Buffalo for this year’s tournament. Kevin Paul Dupont of The Boston Globe gets the scoop.
Tyler Seguin came home here to Toronto this weekend for the first time in his NHL career. He dined at home Friday night with his family, visited with some childhood pals, then was back at the club’s downtown hotel in time for curfew.
Turns out, coming home for Seguin also came with the news that Boston wants him to stay home for the holidays–at least home on the Bruins roster. Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli has informed the speedy rookie that the club will not release him to play for Team Canada in the upcoming World Junior Champsionship that will be played in Buffalo.
Seguin’s riding high now with the Bruins with Marc Savard back in the lineup. Seguin is teamed up with Savard and Michael Ryder on a line and for an 18 year-old rookie, that’s not a bad deal. Seguin wasn’t part of last year’s Canadian team that won silver in the World Junior Championships. Getting a chance to help Canada regain the gold would’ve likely been a nice thing for Seguin to do, but helping the Bruins stay hot and win games is more important to the team right now.
The Bruins can’t afford to have less offensive potential in their lineup and taking Seguin away soon after getting paired up with Savard and helping Seguin get a chance to break out a little more having a great set-up man in Savard with him makes sense. Seguin would, clearly, be amongst the best players Team Canada would have if he were playing for them in the WJCs, but for now they’ll have to figure out who else they can slot in.
There’s one thing we seem to know about Carey Price‘s injury situation: he first got hurt stepping on a puck on Oct. 29, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
Contrary to earlier reports about him missing about a month, it sounds like his window of recovery is still up in the air (which, to be fair, could mean that he’ll still miss about a month when it’s all said and done).
ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that Price underwent testing with Montreal’s team doctor on Saturday and is expected to go through more; we may not know more about his expected injury timeline until early this coming week.
So, basically, Price’s situation is fuzzier than his mustache right now.
Leg injuries can be tricky anyway, so we shouldn’t be too surprised that there are mixed signals regarding Price, and this may remain a fluid situation for some time.
(But we’ll hopefully know more soon enough.)
The Tampa Bay Lightning have plenty of time to rise above mediocrity, yet it still must be deserving to finish at .500 for two straight months.
After last night’s 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders, that’s exactly where they find themselves:
Record at the end of October: 5-5-2
Record at the end of November: 11-11-3
As of this writing, the Lightning found themselves on the outside looking in at the playoff picture. It all stands as a pretty tough thing for the reigning Eastern Conference champs to swallow.
The uncomfortable-yet-vital question is: can the Lightning break out of this funk?
Looking at their schedule, it won’t be easy, at least not right away.
They crawl through California during a three-game road trip to start December, and they also face six of eight on the road from Dec. 2 – 18.
The Lightning soak up home dates to finish 2015 after that, but what damage will be done by then?
Frankly, the Bolts will need to dig deep to break this pattern. If nothing else, they’ve fought with their backs against the wall before.
Sometimes a suspension will shame a player, or at least inspire him to change the way he plays.
That apparently won’t happen regarding Brandon Dubinsky‘s one-game timeout session for cross-checking Sidney Crosby.
Dubinsky told Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch that he won’t alter his style, whether it’s against Crosby or someone else.
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
Sorry Mikkel Boedker, you won’t get to face the Ottawa Senators again this season.
OK, it could happen if the speedster is traded from the Arizona Coyotes. He could also face the Senators in the unlikely instance that the two teams fight it out in the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.
Beyond those two possibilities, Saturday night was it, and Boedker must have been licking his chops much like an actual coyote.
For the second straight game, Boedker managed a hat trick against the Senators, helping Arizona beat Ottawa 4-3 last night. His third tally stood as the game-winner in a 4-3 victory.
You can watch all three goals in the video above.
It’s oddly fitting that Boedker has three goals this season … against teams not named the Ottawa Senators.