The Chicago Blackhawks aren’t exactly on the tip of anyone’s tongues right now, but they made a small move in hopes of playing deep into May in 2013. RDS reports that the Blackhawks will bring back veteran grinder Jamal Mayers for a one-year deal worth $600K, which includes a $50K signing bonus.
Mayers played in 81 games in 2011-12, collecting 15 points, a -4 rating and 91 PIM. He was unable to register a single point in three postseason contests, though.
He’ll turn 38 in the first month of the 2012-13 season unless a lockout fouls up that plan. Mayers has been bouncing around the league a bit, as he spent two seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs (2008-10) and one season apiece with the Calgary Flames (2009-10) and San Jose Sharks (2010-11).
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
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