Brandon Prust is known to drop the gloves on occasion. So, too, is Derek Dorsett.
After Wednesday’s trade that sent Zack Kassian to the Montreal Canadiens and Prust to the Vancouver Canucks, it’s possible both Prust and Dorsett are on the same line when the 2015-16 season begins, and that could make things interesting for opposing teams as well as for fans, who will surely have to keep an eye on both players when they’re on the ice.
Dorsett, acquired by the Canucks at the 2014 NHL Draft, had 17 fighting majors this past season, according to hockeyfights.com. The 31-year-old Prust had 16. Last season, while playing on different teams, Dorsett and Prust combined for 309 penalty minutes.
“Prust is going to supply us the toughness for our young kids so they don’t get pushed around,” Canucks general manager Jim Benning told TSN 1040 radio on July 1.
The addition of Prust should help ease the burden Dorsett faced last year as Vancouver’s tough guy, a role he accepted while also playing regular minutes as a bottom-six forward and establishing career highs in assists and points.
Prust on shouldering the fighting load with Dorsett: "I haven't had a ton of help either lately."
The Carolina Hurricanes on Friday announced the hiring Mark Morris for the head coaching job with their AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers.
Morris joins the Hurricanes organization after spending the 2014-15 season as an assistant with the Florida Panthers.
Before joining the Panthers, Morris spent eight years with the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs, where he established a career record of 338-224-66, qualifying for the playoffs in seven of those seasons, and Clarkson University, where he had a combined record of 306-156-42.
According to the Hurricanes, he is the only coach to record 300 wins at both the collegiate and professional levels.
“Mark is an experienced head coach whose teams never had a losing record in 21 seasons at Clarkson and with Manchester,” said Hurricanes’ executive vice-president and general manager Ron Francis in a statement.
“He is a proven teacher of the game who has been a part of developing successful NHL players.”
The Hurricanes have also re-signed Geordie Kinnear as an assistant coach in Charlotte.
Don Sweeney is approaching his first NHL Draft as the Bruins new general manager, with a chance to make his first big mark for the future of that organization in his position.
After missing the playoffs, the Bruins have the 14th overall pick in next Friday’s first round, but Boston has been in discussions about trying to move either up or down in the order, according to NHL.com.
“I’m going to look at every option. I’m not really going to turn down anything,” said Sweeney, according to NHL.com. “I think this situation I’m in now, I have to have my ears wide open.”
One thing Sweeney is faced with is a cap crunch, and that appears to be one of the reasons why Carl Soderberg very likely won’t be re-signing in Boston for next season.
But could Sweeney be in a dealing mood in his first draft as Boston’s GM?
“It has been busy. [There have been] a lot of conversations with all the teams, everybody sort of trying to get a real good solid view of the landscape ahead of each and every one of us heading into the draft,” said Sweeney, as per CSNNE.com.