It’s the kind of ruling that would make Dear Vernon Wormer proud.
According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, Pittsburgh Penguins winger James Neal will have not one, but two, hearings with NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan on Tuesday. It’s like double-secret probation, only not secret and we’re unsure about the probation part!
Neal will be discussing the hits he laid on both Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux during Sunday’s 8-4 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
If you haven’t seen them yet, here’s the Couturier hit:
Neal could be facing serious ramifications given his potential repeat offender status. Assuming 2009 is within the statute of limitations, his two-game suspension for this hit on Derek Dorsett could come into effect:
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.