Lost in the Boston Bruins’ incredible comeback victory on Monday was the fact that Boston defenseman Dennis Seidenberg was limited to just 37 seconds of playing time.
Seidenberg is a huge part of the Bruins’ defensive core and any injury that keeps him out of the lineup for a significant period of time will be a big blow to Boston going into their second-round series against the New York Rangers.
The 31-year-old blueliner hurt his leg when he collided with Toronto’s Matt Frattin, according to the Boston Herald.
Bruins coach Claude Julien wasn’t sure if Seidenberg’s injury would be a long-term problem, but he expects to know more today.
It’s worth noting that Seidenberg was walking after the game, albeit with a limp.
“He wanted to (continue), but when he couldn’t, it was better to take (him) out than to make it worse,” Julien said. “It wouldn’t have helped us, plus, it would have made his injury probably even worse.”
Boston was already without defenseman Andrew Ference and Wade Redden due to undisclosed injuries. The good news for the Bruins is that their next series doesn’t start until Thursday.
Does the NHL have a cocaine problem?
TSN caught up with deputy commissioner Bill Daly, who provided some fascinating insight:
“The number of [cocaine] positives are more than they were in previous years and they’re going up,” Daly said. “I wouldn’t say it’s a crisis in any sense. What I’d say is drugs like cocaine are cyclical and you’ve hit a cycle where it’s an ‘in’ drug again.”
Daly said that he’d be surprised “if we’re talking more than 20 guys” and then touched on something that may be a problem: they don’t test it in a “comprehensive way.”
As Katie Strang’s essential ESPN article about the Los Angeles Kings’ tough season explored in June, there are some challenges for testing for a drug like cocaine. That said, there are also some limitations that may raise some eyebrows.
For one, it metabolizes quickly. Michael McCabe, a Philadelphia-based toxicology expert who works for Robson Forensic, told ESPN.com that, generally speaking, cocaine filters out of the system in two to four days, making it relatively easy to avoid a flag in standard urine tests.
The NHL-NHLPA’s joint drug-testing program is not specifically designed to target recreational drugs such as cocaine or marijuana. The Performance Enhancing Substances Program is put into place to do exactly that — screen for performance-enhancing drugs.
So, are “party drugs” like cocaine and molly an issue for the NHL?
At the moment, the answer almost seems to be: “the league hopes not.”
Daly goes into plenty of detail on the issue, so read the full TSN article for more.
Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.
We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.
It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”
Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)
Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.
So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”
… You get the idea.
The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.
The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.