After spending two seasons playing in Europe, Steve McCarthy is returning to North America. He has agreed to terms with the Calgary’s AHL-affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat, according to the Flames’ official website.
McCarthy was taken by the Chicago Blackhawks with the 23rd overall pick in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Since then he has recorded 55 points and 168 penalty minutes in 302 career NHL games with the Blackhawks, Vancouver Canucks, and Atlanta Thrashers.
He hasn’t played in the NHL since 2007-08, but has previously worked with new Flames coach Bob Hartley, both as a member of the Thrashers and last season when they were both part of the Swiss Elite League’s Zurich Lions.
McCarthy had three goals and seven assists in 27 games with Zurich and Hartley guided the team to the Swiss Elite League Championship.
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger