The Bruins cleared up a lot of things on Monday. Of course, the biggest question – the future for head coach Claude Julien – still lingers in the air like the feelings of disappointment from missing the playoffs.
Sabres say blood clot will force Cody McCormick to retire
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray says forward Cody McCormick has decided against resuming his NHL career a year after of a blood clot was found in his left leg.
McCormick does not want to jeopardize his health, Murray said in providing the update during the Sabres season-ending news conference on Monday. McCormick has not played since scoring a goal on Jan. 10, 2015, a day before he was hospitalized after the clot was discovered.
McCormick spent this past season on injured reserve after failing his pre-training camp physical. He is an 11-year veteran who spent parts of six seasons in Buffalo, and has one more year remaining on his contract.
Used mostly in a checking role, McCormick has 21 goals and 65 points in 405 career games.
Blackhawks recall Rundblad, send Bickell and Rasmussen to AHL
The Philadelphia Flyers defied expectations by making an honestly pretty astounding push to the playoffs. If they want to advance beyond the first round, they’ll need to beat really big odds once more.
Even if some bring up ghosts of previous playoff disappointments, the Washington Capitals still stand as one of the league’s favorites going into the postseason after cruising to a Presidents’ Trophy win.
Of course, big regular season achievements bring big pressure, and opponents continue to key on that narrative.
“I don’t think it’s a positive thing when you turn on the TV every single time and you have everybody in the world telling you you’re supposed to win the Stanley Cup,” Clutterbuck said. “I’d hate to be the Washington Capitals right now. A lot of pressure.”
Again, that’s some bulletin board material that maybe can be filed away later (along with Washington’s response), as the Capitals drew the Flyers instead of the Islanders in round one.
Former Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth didn’t do as much of a hard sell as Clutterbuck did, yet he did seem to gently nudge things in his former teammates’ direction, as NHL.com reports.
“It’s playoffs,” Neuvirth said. “You’re motivated as much as you want, but obviously we’ve got a great team. It’s going to be a lot of pressure on them and it’s going to be a good series.”
Celebrity sightings: Bashful Leonardo DiCaprio, Khaleesi from Game of Thrones
We can only assume why DiCaprio felt the need for anonymity. Perhaps the bear from “The Revenant” was seated a few rows over. Perhaps he was concerned about potential future ‘Kiss-Cam’ awkwardness. Perhaps he was convinced some townie from Flatbush was going to corner him for 20 minutes to talk about how he was “the bomb, yo” in “Gangs Of New York.”
As with many of these cases, the situation is kind of sad (Leo seeking a modicum of privacy, or at least a break) and kind of funny (how far he went to not be seen … although he didn’t wear a full-on disguise).
On the other hand, plenty of celebrities seem undeterred, like Emilia Clarke at Thursday’s Kings games. Surely many people made jokes about Khaleesi’s dragons and /insert “Game of Thrones” reference for the sake of rustiness: