Before the hockey world was riveted by the Milan Lucic-Ryan Miller fallout, the hot topic was the staring (and stalling) contest regarding Guy Boucher’s 1-3-1 “trap.” The league’s general managers are likely to discuss that “patient” system as they meet for the first time this season, according to Dan Rosen of NHL.com.
Some might believe that part of the meeting will become a showdown between Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren and Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman. That could be true to some extent, although Holmgren stated that he didn’t have a problem with the strategy and Yzerman said he “thinks it’s worthy of discussion.” Of course, things might be a little different behind closed doors, though …
Ultimately, I hope that the general managers follow the words of Pittsburgh Penguins GM Paul Shero:
“I talked to our coaching staff and some of our players about it, what they thought, and really I’m not exactly [sure] what can be done about any defensive or forechecking system,” Shero said. “The game is the game. If there are some great ideas I’m all ears. We’ll see what comes out of it.”
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.