It’s inevitable that emotions are running high after a team gets eliminated from the playoffs, but it’s NHL tradition that every player on both teams shake hands after the series is over in a show of sportsmanship. However, it sounds like Bruins forward Milan Lucic wasn’t ready to bury the bury the hatchet after Montreal’s 3-1 victory in Game 7.
Montreal Canadiens forward Dale Weise — who scored the opening goal — said that Lucic made disrespectful comments when they met at the handshake line, per Tony Ambrogio and TSN’s Darren Dreger.
Rather than deny Weise’s claim, Lucic responded by calling him a “baby” for telling the media about that.
“It was said on the ice so it will stay on the ice,” Lucic told NHL.com’s Аrpon Basu.
While Weise did draw attention to Lucic’s actions, he didn’t specify exactly what the Bruins forward said.
Lucic is no stranger to controversy, especially when Montreal is involved. Among other things, he’s allegedly speared Montreal’s Alexei Emelin. Twice.
Lucic was held off the scoresheet in the final four games of the second round.
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Raffi Torres has been suspended pending his disciplinary hearing with the league for his hit on Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.
Torres was assessed a match penalty for targeting Silfverberg’s head on Saturday night.
The 33-year-old missed all of last season with a knee injury, and it looks like the start of his regular season will be delayed once again.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have come back into the game, but he was held out for precautionary reasons.
Ducks center Ryan Kesler didn’t hide his feelings after the contest.
“(Torres) is the same player every year,” Kesler told reporters. “He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore.”
The Edmonton Oilers placed Ben Scrivens on waivers on Sunday.
Should he go unclaimed, the 29-year-old will be sent to the American Hockey League.
It looks like Edmonton will enter the regular season with Cam Talbot and Anders Nilsson as their goaltenders.
Scrivens was the team’s number one goalie last year, but his overall numbers were among the worst for starting goaltenders in the NHL.
He had a 15-26-11 record with a 3.16 goals-against-average and a .890 save percentage in 57 games last season.
Scrivens is scheduled to make $2.3 million in the final year of his contract.
If he does end up in the AHL, the Oilers will carry $1.35 million of dead money on the salary cap.
The move comes one day after Edmonton placed Nikita Nikitin on waivers.
The 29-year-old officially cleared on Sunday afternoon.