Ryan Miller, Jordin Tootoo

Jordin Tootoo to meet with Shanahan for running Ryan Miller


If you thought that Jordin Tootoo wasn’t going to hear from the NHL for his gigantic hit on Buffalo’s Ryan Miller, you were wrong.

Tootoo has a phone hearing with Brendan Shanahan this afternoon to discuss what made him go barreling through Miller unabated leading to a huge fracas on Saturday night. The hit earned Tootoo a five-minute major and a game misconduct and now a phone call with Shanahan.

What makes this hit a lot different than the one Miller took from Milan Lucic is that Miller was within the confines of his crease when Tootoo blew him up.

The phone hearing generally means that if a suspension is coming it won’t be more than five games. With Tootoo’s suspension history and with Lindy Ruff’s premonition about it being open season on goalies appearing to come true, don’t expect Shanahan to go light on Tootoo. A five-game ban isn’t out of the question here.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

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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.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

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?