Pierre-Marc Bouchard isn’t pleased with his suspension and he’s going to fight the league over it. Bouchard has filed an appeal over his two-game ban for his high-sticking incident Saturday night against Columbus. Bouchard will meet with Commissioner Gary Bettman today to see if his ban is upheld.
What will help make this meeting between Bouchard and the NHL a bit more fun is how Bouchard’s agent, Allan Walsh, trashed the NHL’s means of meting out punishment referring to it as a “kangaroo court” and called the two-game suspension of his client, “a shameful farce for the league.” That meeting could get a little bit awkward. “Oh yeah, about all that stuff I was saying… Yeah, don’t hold that against my client, OK?”
The NHL’s process for handling appeals is different than Major League Baseball’s in that the appeals happen before the player plays another game instead of dragging things out allowing the player to continue playing until their meeting is heard. We’ve seen this happen before when Joe Thornton challenged his two-game suspension which was upheld for hitting David Perron with a wicked blow that ended up knocking Perron out for the season with a concussion. Perron has yet to return to action.
You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.
We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.
“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.
These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.
Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.
It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.
With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.
It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.
Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:
It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).
As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.
Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:
This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.
Update: Bullet dodged?