Several weeks ago Washington Capitals defenseman Roman Hamrlik voiced his disgust at the state of the negotiations. He criticized NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr in particular and Hamrlik’s still paying for it.
Eventually the lockout will end, but Philadelphia Flyers forward Scott Hartnell isn’t sure that the repercussions of those remarks will fade as quickly.
“I can’t wait to see what his teammates do when guys go after him,” Hartnell told Team 1200 in Ottawa, according to CSNPhilly’s transcript.
“To sell the PA under the bus and to stick up for a guy like that is going to be hard. I think [Troy] Brouwer said it best in his comments.”
Brouwer called Hamrlik “selfish” and asked how he could trust Hamrlik anymore as a teammate.
Hamrlik claimed that he’s since patched things up with Brouwer.
As for Fehr, he stated that he doesn’t believe in censoring the players and held Hamrlik’s freedom to criticize up as an example of the contrasting philosophies of the NHLPA and NHL.
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