Florida Panthers rookie defenseman Colby Robak could be the next NHL player getting a call from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety, after an incident Saturday night.
Robak was assessed a major penalty for cross checking, and a game misconduct, when he hit New Jersey Devils forward Tim Sestito from behind into the boards during the third period.
Sestito, according to NHL.com, appeared to suffer an injury to his upper back or shoulder. Devils head coach Peter DeBoer said
Sestito would be fine.
The incident with Robak and Sestito came not long after the Devils’ star forward Ilya Kovalchuk
left the game with a shoulder injury, although the extent of his injury is not yet known.
Those responsible for handing out supplementary discipline in the NHL have been busy this past week:
Canucks defenseman Alex Edler was
suspended two games for colliding with Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith. Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul was
suspended two games for a head shot on Tampa Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman. Panthers forward Eric Selleck was
suspended two games for leaving the bench to get involved in an altercation. Rangers forward Rick Nash was not suspended for a controversial hit on the Panthers’ Tomas Kopecky, but
the league did release a video explaining why there was no further discipline.
Curtis Glencross’ hard-luck preseason continued on Monday, as the Avalanche announced they
released him from his training camp tryout.
Glencross had previously been cut from Toronto’s camp, which he described as “
kind of a shock” move. Following that release, the 32-year-old quickly shifted to Colorado but arrived fairly late in the overall process, and only got a bit of exposure before being let go.
While some thought yesterday’s
trade of Freddie Hamilton to Calgary may have opened up a spot for Glencross, the Avs now appear to be going in a different direction.
A two-time 20-goal scorer that netted 13 in 71 games last year, it’s unclear what lies ahead for Glencross.
The Edmonton Oilers have assigned center
Leon Draisaitl to AHL Bakersfield.
The demotion of Draisaitl, 19, means 21-year-old rookie Anton Slepyshev has made the opening-day
roster after scoring twice and adding two assists in exhibition action.
experimented during the preseason with Draisaitl, a natural center, on the wing. He didn’t have a particularly poor camp, finishing with one goal and three assists in six games.
But Slepyshev apparently impressed more.
“He’s a young player but he’s played pro hockey before,” coach Todd McLellan
told the Edmonton Journal. “You can see it.”
Slepyshev played 58 games in the KHL last season, scoring 15 goals for Salavat Yulaev Ufa.