Ben Scrivens

Eakins wants to see if Scrivens is ‘for real’


Since joining the Edmonton Oilers in a trade, Ben Scrivens has stood on his head. While he’s gone 3-3-0 in his six games there, his numbers are outstanding.

Oilers coach Dallas Eakins has Scrivens and Ilya Bryzgalov in goal and said he’ll ride the hot hand. As Chris O’Leary of the Edmonton Journal shares, he wants to know if Scrivens is the real deal.

“There’s a part of me that yeah, I want to see if Scrivens is for real,” Eakins said. “I’d like to give him more games, but then the delicate balance is handing and giving things to people. But (Scrivens) has earned his starts and, as of late, Bryz has earned his too. I think coming out of the break we’ll probably tiptoe into it a bit and get both guys up to speed.”

The Olympic break came at a poor time for Scrivens as he was playing strong including a record-setting 59-save shutout against the San Jose Sharks. The same can be said of Bryzgalov as well as his past three starts have also been strong, albeit without setting any records.

That said the opportunity is there for Scrivens to grab hold of the No. 1 job and not let go. That first opportunity to lock it down may come when the Oilers host the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.

Kassian sent to hospital after being involved in car accident

Scott Darling, Zack Kassian

Montreal Canadiens winger Zack Kassian was involved in a car accident early Sunday morning.

According to the Montreal Gazette, Kassian was a passenger in the vehicle that crashed into a tree.

The SUV was being driven by a 20-year-old female at the time of the accident.

Montreal police confirmed that speed didn’t play a factor in the collision, but alcohol may have.

The Canadiens have since confirmed the incident took place and have also mentioned that Kassian was taken to hospital.

A club official described his injuries as being “minor”.

“(Kassian) was all bloodied up and stuff. He was in a daze,” said Steve Petrenko, a resident of the street on which the accident took place. “He had a hard time walking, and he almost took a fall.”

This story will be updated when more information is made available.

Habs and Fleischmann agree on one-year deal

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The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have signed Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year contract.

According to TVA Sports, the deal is worth $750,000.

The 31-year-old was invited to camp on a professional tryout, but his preseason performance showed that he could still contribute at the NHL level.

Fleischmann found instant chemistry with new linemates David Desharnais and Dale Weise, and it looks like the trio will open the regular season as Montreal’s third line.

The veteran winger started  last season with Florida, but was traded to Anaheim on Feb. 28. He had a hard time cracking the Duck’s lineup and was a healthy scratch in most of their playoff games last spring.

Fleischmann scored eight goals and 27 points in 66 games last season.