Methot sits again, eyebrows raised in Ottawa

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Prior to tonight’s game against Tampa Bay, Sens head coach Paul MacLean confirmed his lineup would be the same one that defeated Washington on Tuesday — a lineup that didn’t feature defenseman Marc Methot.

That means Methot will sit for the second straight game and, as he sees it, he’s sitting as a healthy scratch.

“Obviously it’s tough,” he said, per the Ottawa Sun. “As a player you’re competitive and you don’t want to be told you’re not good enough to play or whatever it is.”

According to MacLean, the 28-year-old rearguard was parked on Tuesday because of an injury suffered in practice. But Methot disagreed, saying he “felt really good,” adding the injury wasn’t serious enough to sideline him.

“I was a little caught off,” Methot said following the Washington game. “It’s their decision and I have to deal with it.”

Today, both parties essentially acknowledged Methot is now a healthy scratch, leaving things wide open for the media:

According to the Sun’s Bruce Garrioch, MacLean said he simply didn’t want to change a winning lineup and Methot said he understands the decision — all fine and well, but that won’t quash the unease coming out of Ottawa.

Methot was a vital contributor during the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign, scoring 11 points in 47 games while averaging 22:14 TOI per night. His steadying presence in the absence of Erik Karlsson (sliced Achilles) earned him high praise, enough to warrant an invite to Team Canada’s Olympic orientation camp this summer.

Yet in a manner of months, his stock has fallen dramatically. This marks the second time Methot’s been a healthy scratch this season.

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

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.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

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’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.