Nathan Beaulieu

Habs recall Beaulieu…again


The Montreal Canadiens have called up defenseman Nathan Beaulieu from AHL Hamilton.

And no, this is not a repeat.

Beaulieu, the club’s first-round pick (17th overall) at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, has been constantly shuffled back and forth between Montreal and Hamilton over the last month, earning a truckload of frequent flier miles in the process.

Here’s just a snippet of what the 20-year-old has gone through, from an Oct. 10 piece in the Montreal Gazette:

[Beaulieu] was returned to Hamilton on Sept. 26, during training camp, then recalled Oct. 1, a press-box viewer of the Canadiens’ home opener vs. Toronto.

Two days later he was back in Hamilton, summoned again a day after that, where he got to watch the Habs beat the Philadelphia Flyers.

Then, returned to Hamilton the next day before being called out west this Tuesday [Oct. 8].

Since this piece was published, Beaulieu’s been back up and down a few more times, though he did manage to make his NHL debut on Oct. 10 (against Edmonton) and play his second career game on Oct. 15 (against Winnipeg).

In Montreal’s defense, the club is going through a rash of injuries and needs to continually shuffle bodies on and off the active roster. Alexei Emelin, Douglas Murray, George Parros, Daniel Briere, Max Pacioretty and Brandon Prust are all out with various ailments.

And hey, Beaulieu seems to have a pretty good grip on what’s happening right now:

Report: Islanders cut first-rounder Barzal from camp

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It seems Mathew Barzal has played in his last game in a New York Islanders’ uniform for a little while.

Barzal took part in the Islanders’ preseason finale against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, but after that contest the Islanders decided to return him to WHL Seattle, per Newsday’s Arthur Staple.

He was taken with the 16th overall pick in 2015 NHL Entry Draft. That selection was well-traveled as it originally belonged to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but was involved in the David Perron trade and then moved to the Islanders as part of Edmonton’s deal to get Griffin Reinhart.

Barzal is noteworthy for his skill and speed, but he may have slipped in the draft due to a knee injury he sustained during the 2014-15 campaign.

The Islanders also reassigned Kirill Petrov, Kevin Czuczman, Scott Mayfield, and Adam Pelech to the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Torres offered in-person hearing, potentially setting up long suspension

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What will Raffi Torres get this time?

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. While Torres is not considered a repeat offender as his last suspension came more than 18 months ago, the NHL still retains the right to consider his history when deciding on this matter.

Among other incidents, he was 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.

You can see the hit below:

And here it is slowed down:

Torres got a match penalty and Silfverberg left the game. Fortunately, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have returned, but was kept out for precautionary reasons.