Like almost every player on the Pittsburgh Penguins roster, Jarome Iginla didn’t play well against the Boston Bruins in the 2013 Eastern Conference finals. He admitted as much to CSNNE.com.
Of course, the difference for many is that Iginla (and Brenden Morrow) rejected a trade to the very team that swept the Penguins.
“The Bruins played very well, they’re a very good team. I was fortunate to have that choice, and when you make it you definitely believe in the guys [in Pittsburgh]. We played some great hockey up until this last series,” Iginla said. “It also stings not playing well in this last series. These four games, I just didn’t play very well. That’s when you want to play your best for the team, and you want to find ways to contribute and be a part of these close games, and help it go the other way.”
Instead, Bruins such as Milan Lucic used the slight as extra motivation, although many would argue that getting to a second Stanley Cup finals series in three years should light plenty of fires.
Iginla, 35, shared the fate of players like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in going pointless against the Bruins and now faces the uncertainty of unrestricted free agency.
At least his agent can point to playoff numbers that still look quite good on paper: 12 points in 15 postseason games. The former Calgary Flames captain probably cares more about the “still zero Stanley Cup rings” total, though.
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.
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: Bullet dodged?