When asked about the Philadelphia Flyers’ success in the Consol Energy Center (the Pittsburgh Penguins’ new home), Peter Laviolette jokingly credited a rib joint in Weirton, Virgina. Apparently DeeJay’s ribs won’t be to the Flyers as Qdoba burritos once were to Dan Bylsma, as Puck Daddy’s Harrison Mooney passes along an amusing story of rejection.
Here’s what wonderfully-named store owner (and self-professed Penguins fan) Dewey Guida told the Steubenville Herald-Star about rejecting the Flyers’ future rib advances:
“So many Penguins are my friends, I’ve had so many Stanley cups at my place,” Guida said. “So for sure, let everyone know – I am a Penguin fan, not a Flyer fan.”
“No more ribs for them. And I pray, I hope, that the Penguins beat their skates off.”
The story behind the rib-spurning is actually quite amusing and charming, as you can read in that Herald-Star story. Here’s a nice little synopsis of how the rib merchant and Penguins fan got caught up with those pesky Philly Flyers.
“It started out so innocent,” Guida said with a laugh. “Peter Laviolette and I have been friends for years. It goes back to when he was actually coaching the Nailers in Wheeling. We became friends, and we’ve kept the relationship up over the years, as I have with other coaches, like Scotty Bowman and Eddie Johnston.”
If you’re like me, it’s a great story and all … but now I just want ribs. (Hides all known Flyers memorabilia.)
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.