From Ken Campbell of The Hockey News:
Try not to be too surprised at the numbers being reported. Is the Canadiens’ submission low for a Norris Trophy winner? Yep, it is. But that’s just how these things go. (And why players and clubs typically try to avoid actually going to arbitration, which can be an uncomfortable exercise for all involved.)
On that second tweet, see Ryan O’Reilly in Colorado as an example of a restricted free agent who was taken to arbitration by his club. In that case, the move was not received particularly well by the player and his agent, even if the two sides eventually settled on a two-year deal before an arbitrator actually got involved.
In Subban’s case, it would not be a huge shock if he and the Canadiens came to an agreement on a long-term contract before Friday’s hearing. The 25-year-old defenseman has said he wants to be a “lifer” in Montreal, and we’re quite certain the Habs would like to keep him for a while, too.
Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.
We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.
It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”
Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)
Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.
So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”
… You get the idea.
The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.
The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.
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 CSNNE.com’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.