The lockout has produced plenty of discouraging news, so here’s something a bit more positive: three locked-out NHL players decided to spend some time practicing with the triple-A Mississauga Senators on Tuesday, according to the National Post.
Carlo Colaiacovo, Shawn Matthias, and Matt Stajan were involved in drills and engaged in a scrimmage with the 11-year-olds.
Stajan used to play under Rutledge and the coach’s kid, Tyler is now part of the Mississauga Senators.
“Lockout has been a bonus,” Senators coach Kevin Rutledge said. He added, “I mean, that’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Take the coach’s hat off and put your father’s hat on — it’s pretty cool.”
Stajan and Tyler were caught up in a race for the puck during the practice. Stajan won it by picking up Tyler and putting him down away from the boards. Tyler tried to respond by checking the NHLer, but naturally it didn’t faze Stajan.
The event was also viewed by a stunned group of younger kids from other teams.
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And now we wait for the other shoe to drop, because according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Anaheim Ducks have come to terms with defenseman Hampus Lindholm on a six-year contract extension with a cap hit of $5.25 million.
It’s a win for the Ducks, who succeed in their quest to get Lindholm locked up with a lower cap hit than the Sabres got Rasmus Ristolainen ($5.4 million).
Pastrnak was whistled for a minor penalty on the play, which occurred in the second period of Boston’s 5-2 loss at MSG on Wednesday night. Girardi left the contest momentarily, but was able to return and finished with 16:15 TOI.
“I don’t really know it makes contact with my face at first, but it is what it is, I’m kind of vulnerable,” Girardi said of the hit, per the New York Post. “He’s going to try to make a hit. He just hit me in the front of the face, so it wasn’t like it was the side-of-the-head hit or something.
“As soon as I got up, I was fine.”
Pastrnak, who did appear to leave his feet to make the hit, doesn’t have any history with the DoPS, and has never been subjected to supplemental discipline from the department.
His hearing will take place on Friday.
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