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Curtis Glencross fined $2500 for boarding Clayton Stoner; Wild fans not pleased

Calgary’s Curtis Glencross has avoided the watchful, yet inconsistent, eye of the NHL and Colin Campbell and was fined $2500 for his major boarding penalty against Minnesota’s Clayton Stoner. Glencross’ penalty came when Stoner stopped short of the boards and Glencross shoved him from behind putting Stoner in a dangerous position. Stoner wasn’t injured on the play and Glencross got to sit down for five minutes for his transgression.

Even though Glencross has a prior history of suspensions for dangerous incidents, Campbell and the NHL felt that this incident didn’t demand more action other than a fine.¬†Minnesota fans, however, feel a bit more strongly about things considering their guy was the victim of Glencross’ questionable hit. Bryan Reynolds of Hockey Wilderness took the time out to sound off about things.

I called it last night on Twitter, saying that since Stoner was not hurt, the NHL would simply pretend it never happened. Repeat offender, violent play, dirty hit from behind, driving Stoner head first into the boards? Why would you possibly want to suspend him for that? After all, Glencross was likely just “playing with passion,” right Coli?

There’s no doubt that Glencross was guilty of a bad play here and we’ve seen other players get sat down for similar incidents, including Washington’s Alex Ovechkin who committed a similar offense against Chicago’s Brian Campbell. Once again, the league’s murky manner of handing out supplementary punishment comes into play here. The league could save themselves a lot of headaches by being more open about their reasoning behind their decisions and set a bar for how they’ll rule on things.

Of course, we’ve shouted about this for a long time now only to see absolutely nothing done about it, so asking for change to happen now is just beating a dead horse.

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.