Detroit Red Wings prospect Danny DeKeyser is ready to return from a broken thumb in time for the Calder Cup. (Detroit Free Press)
The St. Louis Blues are interested in acquiring a 2013 first round draft pick. (Blues.nhl.com)
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma believes Jaromir Jagr hooked Evgeni Malkin during the series of events that led to the Boston Bruins’ game-winning goal on Wednesday. However, Bylsma added, “But I’m not sure, at that point in the game, I thought for one second with how the game was being called, did I expect a call at all on the play.” (McKeesport Daily News)
For better or worse, Chicago Blackhawks forward Viktor Stalberg has a lot of key people watching him throughout the league as he’s eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next month. (Chicago Tribune)
Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic will attract plenty of attention in their key roles with the Colorado Avalanche, but they know that they can’t be the focus anymore. “If we win another Stanley Cup in Colorado, it’s not going to be Patrick, and it’s not going to be Joe. It’s going to be the players,” Sakic said. (Denver Post)
Highlights from Chicago’s win against Los Angeles last night.
Torres offered in-person hearing, potentially setting up long suspension
The 33-year-old forward that has become known primarily for his controversial hits has once again put himself in the sights of the NHL’s Department of Players Safety. They confirmed that he was offered an in-person hearing following his hit on Jakub Silfverberg Saturday night. He declined the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face, but the offer itself is an important detail because it gives the league the option to suspend him for more than five games.
It certainly seems like the stage is set for a lengthy suspension. For one thing, Torres is a repeat offender who once was banned from 25 games for his hit on Marian Hossa in 2012, although it was later reduced to 21 contests after an appeal. The NHL found that Torres was guilty of breaking three rules for that hit; namely interference, charging, and illegally hitting the head. The NHL is reviewing Torres’ latest incident for the same three violations.
Freddie, who is the older of the two at 23, is a center that excelled offensively in the OHL and has chipped in at the AHL level. However, he has just one point in 29 contests with Colorado and the San Jose Sharks.
This is obviously not a big trade, but perhaps Freddie will eventually become a solid member of the Flames’ supporting cast. If nothing else, it didn’t cost Calgary much to reunite the brothers. The duo previously played together with the Niagara IceDogs.
"I’m looking forward to being in the same organization as my brother now and seeing what happens." – Dougie Hamilton on the trade