For the second straight day, Montreal has inked a veteran to a minor-league contract.
On Tuesday, the Habs agreed to terms with former Islanders blueliner Joe Finley. Finley, 27, is perhaps best known for two things: 1) being Washington’s first-round pick (27th overall) at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, and 2) being gigantic… like 6-foot-8, 250 pounds gigantic.
Finley spent all of last season with the Islanders’ AHL affiliate in Bridgeport, and has just 21 total games of NHL on his resume. It seems highly unlikely he’ll see much time in Montreal — given the Habs’ quality depth on defense throughout the organization — but it’s worth noting that Finley’s the second NHL journeyman GM Marc Bergevin has signed to an AHL deal recently.
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
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