White regrets calling Bettman an “idiot”


On second thought, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Ian White regrets calling Gary Bettman “an idiot.”

White told the CBC’s Elliotte Friedman that regardless of his personal feelings, “there is no room for name-calling” in the CBA negotiations.

This is far from the first time a player made an eyebrow-raising comment regarding the discussions, only to backpedal – due to backlash or some reflection (perhaps both).

(Ryan Suter backing off his comments about Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold might be the best example.)

Vancouver Canucks goalie Cory Schneider told Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy that the NHLPA doesn’t condone such badmouthing.

“It’s getting a little personal,” Schneider said. “We’d like to think we are adults and can handle this in an appropriate way. It’s easy to direct your anger towards one person because he represents the owners and the owners aren’t allowed to speak. I don’t think we condone that but at the same time its a heat of the moment mistake and I don’t think anyone takes it personally.”

Some might say that Bettman is used to it at this point.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

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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.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

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With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: All that’s been announced about Silfverberg is that he’s under evaluation and will not return.