Report: No hearing for Prosser after getting tossed against Devils


No big surprise here, but Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports Minnesota d-man Nate Prosser won’t face any supplemental discipline for his hit on New Jersey’s Tim Sestito during Thursday night’s action.

Prosser was given a five-minute elbowing major and game misconduct for this hit, a punishment several folks found a tad excessive:


“He was taking a large run at Pross and Pross was trying to play the puck,” Wild head coach Mike Yeo said after the game, per the Star-Tribune.

It’s worth noting that the possibility of supplemental discipline existed in part because of Prosser’s reputation as a repeat offender. He was suspended one game by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety back in April ’12 for headbutting then-Chicago forward Jamal Mayers.

As for Sestito, he left the game following the hit and didn’t return, though Devils head coach Peter DeBoer said the rugged forward was feeling OK.

“I saw him after the game and he’s coherent,” DeBoer explained, per the Star-Ledger. “He feels all right, but he wasn’t able to come back.”

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

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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.

Kassian suspended without pay, placed in Stage 2 of Substance Abuse Program

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Zack Kassian may have avoided major injuries stemming from his Sunday car accident, but it likely sent the signal that he may need help.

The response: he was placed in Stage Two of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program (SABH) of the NHL and NHLPA on Monday.

According to the league’s release, Kassian “will be suspended without pay until cleared for on-ice competition by the program administrators.”

Speaking of being suspended without pay, here’s a key detail:

The 24-year-old ended up with a broken nose and broken foot from that accident. The 2015-16 season was set to be his first campaign in the Montreal Canadiens organization after a tumultuous time with the Vancouver Canucks.

Kassian spoke of becoming more mature heading to Montreal, but the Canadiens were critical of his actions, wondering how many wake-up calls someone can get.

In case you’re wondering about the difference between stage one and two: