Ray Emery deserves a lot of credit for attempting to come back from the same type of hip injury that cut Bo Jackson’s multi-sport career short, but it seems like he’s still a stride or two short of being ready to start in the NHL. The Anaheim Ducks demoted Emery to the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch so he can get some playing time and try to get into playing form in the future.
The team recalled J.P. Levasseur to take his place behind Dan Ellis. Ellis will likely play a big chunk of the Ducks’ games in the near future, unless Jonas Hiller’s disturbing vertigo-like issues subside.
Emery never actually played for the Ducks despite dressing for games, but he did go 2-1-0 for the Crunch, posting an impressive 92.5 save percentage and 2.62 goals against average in three AHL games. It would be a great story to see Emery make it back, but we’ll have to wait a while – probably until next season – for that to possibly come to fruition.
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.