For a little more than a week, the Internet’s best pugilism index Hockey Fights.com has been collecting votes for a variety of 2013 season awards. (Feel free to peruse the list here, as there are some entertaining categories.)
The headliner, of course, is “Fight of the Year.” So far, a March 27 bout between Patrick Bordeleau and Brian McGrattan lead the pack, but let’s roll out all the contestants:
Colton Orr vs. Deryk Engelland, Jan. 23:
Aaron Volpatti vs. Matt Beleskey, Jan. 27:
This year’s “Vincent Lecavalier vs. Jarome Iginla,”: Jamie Benn vs. Joe Thornton, Feb. 23:
Bordeleau vs. McGrattan, March 27:
Eric Boulton vs. Colton Orr, April 18:
According to this list, McGrattan was involved in 2011-12’s best fight (vs. Jay Rosehill), while Boulton took the 2010-11 award for his bit of fisticuffs against John Erskine. So legacies are clearly on the line, here, folks.
One other side note: Benn vs. Thornton isn’t likely to win, but it produced one of the best photos of the abbreviated regular season (via Getty):
Derek Roy will continue his pro career overseas, as he has signed a contract with Bern in the Swiss League.
Roy attended training camp on a professional tryout with the Washington Capitals, but he was unable to claim a spot on their roster.
The 32-year-old had some great years in the NHL, but since the 2011-12 season Roy had suited up for six different teams (excluding his PTO with the Caps).
His best season came in 2007-08 when he scored 32 goals and 81 points in 78 games with the Buffalo Sabres.
Roy will leave the NHL with 189 goals and 524 points in 738 career games.
He will join former NHLers Cory Conacher, Andrew Ebbett, Chuck Kobasew, Simon Moser and Sean Bergenheim in Bern.
They’re just one game into their regular season, but the Buffalo Sabres have already had to shift things around in their crease.
The Sabres announced that they have placed starting goaltender Robin Lehner on injured reserve after he was knocked out of Thursday’s game with a lower-body injury.
In a corresponding move, the club has recalled Nathan Lieuwen from their AHL affiliate in Rochester.
The 24-year-old didn’t play in the NHL last season, but he did have a 1-4-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage in seven games during the 2013-14 season.
Lieuwen was Buffalo’s sixth round pick, 167th overall, in the 2011 draft.
The Sabres also announced that they have loaned defenseman Jake McCabe and goaltender Linus Ullmark to the Rochester Americans (AHL).
McCabe was a healthy scratch in Thursday’s game against Ottawa, while Ullmark is being activated off I.R. after having double hip surgery during the off-season.