Caps’ ex-director of hockey ops blasts ‘shocking’ GM hire


There were some eyebrows raised on Monday when Washington announced the man in charge of replacing outgoing GM George McPhee would be McPhee’s longtime assistant, Brian MacLellan.

Even more eyebrows were raised when ex-Caps draftee Shawn Simpson (pictured), who spent seven years as both a scout and director of hockey ops in Washington, took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the hire:

(Chris Patrick is a pro scout in Washington and the son of president and COO Dick Patrick.)

Simpson’s time in Washington’s front office overlapped with MacLellan’s tenure (Japers’ Rink, one of the best Caps site on the web, found this pic,) so one would assume the blast on Twitter was somehow related to a working experience, though you know what they say about assumptions.

The Capitals dismissed Simpson as director of hockey ops in 2004 and replaced him with — guess who? — MacLellan.

From there, Simpson proceeded to take a job with the Leafs and is now currently a radio analyst on TSN 1200 in Ottawa.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

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With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?