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Lightning pull Lindback early in second period


The Tampa Bay Lightning gave up a significant package to get Anders Lindback from the Nashville Predators. Maybe that cost will make them more likely to bring the big goalie back, but if not, there’s at least a chance that he ended his Tampa Bay days with a whimper.

Of course, there are a lot of different things that could happen,* but that’s the feeling as he was pulled early in the second period for Kristers Gudlevskis. (Lightning fans who need a little comic relief should check out Gudlevskis’ photo at

Lindback, 25, has actually had his moments in this series. And let’s be honest: blaming everything on him is pretty unfair considering his team’s often poor play in front of him; the Canadiens already fired 20 shots on him by the time he was pulled after letting in three.

Still, Lindback’s stay with the Lightning has almost wholly been disappointing. He’s an RFA this summer, so the Lightning could probably sign him cheaply. If they even want to bring him back.

* – The Lightning could easily come back and stay in the series, thus giving Lindback another shot to redeem himself. Still, the mood feels otherwise as of this writing.

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: