Andrej Sekera was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in 2004 and played in 339 NHL games with the organization. Still, the 27-year-old defenseman is eager to focus on looking forward after being shipped to the Carolina Hurricanes over the summer.
“The way the business is, it’s always in your head that it could happen,” Sekera told the News & Observer. “I got traded. No big deal. Life goes on.
“I’m happy to start with a clean slate here and try to prove something to myself and to the team, too.”
The Hurricanes wanted to get a top-four defenseman this summer and Sekera figures to fit into that role. Although he’s not the most flashy of players, as Hurricanes captain Eric Staal pointed out, he is an all-around solid blueliner.
This figures to be an eventful season for Sekera. He was part of Slovakia’s 2010 Olympic team that finished in fourth place and hopes to rejoin them in 2014.
Canes hope Komisarek, Sekera bolster defense
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.
Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.
It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.
The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.
As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.
Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?
The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.
This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.