The trials and tribulations of Mike Commodore’s days in Columbus are likely at an end now. The unhappy defenseman, who has asked to be traded and since been waived by Columbus, is now on his way to the AHL after clearing waivers. The Jackets recalled everyone’s favorite named player Grant Clitsome to take Commodore’s spot on the roster.
Commodore is looking to get out of Columbus after losing his spot in the starting lineup, as well as his spot on the NHL roster now. What’ll be a problem for Jackets GM Scott Howson is Commodore’s pricey contract. He’s got two more years left on his contract and a cap hit of $3.75 million over that time. Giving him away through waivers or trade will be tough but taking a shot at bringing him through on re-entry waivers for half the cost might be the most efficient way to get him off their hands.
Until then, Commodore will toil with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL. That’s not exactly the kind of break away from Columbus he was expecting.
Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.
We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.
It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”
Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)
Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.
So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”
… You get the idea.
The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.
The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.
Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.
It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.
The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.
As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.
Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?
The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.
This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.