Randy Cunneyworth

Cunneyworth “not even concerned” with language controversy


Randy Cunneyworth’s got enough problems with his hockey team, thanks very much. The Canadiens’ interim head coach said today in Winnipeg that the controversy over his inability to speak French is outside his immediate focus.

“I’m not even concerned with that,” said Cunneyworth, as per the Winnipeg Free Press. “Those are stories I haven’t even read or looked at or thought about. I have enough on my plate with the group we have. We’re just trying to win some hockey games.”

They might have to try harder. The Habs have lost four straight, three of them under Cunneyworth, who took over from the fired Jacques Martin on Saturday. Yesterday in Chicago, Montreal got smoked, 5-1, by the Blackhawks.

The Canadiens sit 12th in the Eastern Conference, three points back of a playoff spot. Worse, all 11 teams above the Habs in the standings have at least a game in hand. Ninth-place Washington has three.

The good news for Cunneyworth is he doesn’t have to go back to Montreal for a while. The Canadiens’ next home game isn’t until Jan. 4.

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

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.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

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.