Author: James O'Brien

Patrick Roy

Patrick Roy slams Minnesota reporter for ‘garbage’ article


Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy didn’t deny that his team has had some tense on-ice moments with the Minnesota Wild, yet he chided a media member for an article he views as “unhealthy for the game of hockey.”

As the Pioneer Press’ Chad Graff notes, Roy called out the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo for an article he claims more or less encourages revenge on Cody McLeod.

Click here for the article in question, while it’s worth looking at the full text of Roy’s comments via Graff:

Honestly, it’s difficult to see Russo’s article as anything out of the ordinary, as the author himself states in what may be his only response:

For a little comic relief, note that Roy describes Russo’s article as “garbage” while noting that a Matt Cooke hit on Tyson Barrie was “garbage” to him in said “garbage” article.

After last Saturday’s game, Wild coach Mike Yeo called what McLeod did to Granlund “garbage.” Friday, Roy countered, “To me, garbage is what Cooke did to Barrie.”

Roy, like Yeo, said the Avs will hit the ice Sunday intent on winning a hockey game. “Revenge,” Roy said, for the Cooke-Barrie incident has not been in Colorado’s game plan or “we would have done something way before” the McLeod-Granlund incident.

All of that drama aside, there’s little sense denying the growing animosity between the two teams, who meet again tonight.

Capitals call up Burakovsky

Andre Burakovsky

The Washington Capitals recalled forward Andre Burakovsky on Thursday as they ready for a game against the Minnesota Wild.

It may be a sign that Michael Latta could miss some time after Tuesday’s violent contest against the Columbus Blue Jackets (with a Jared Boll hit possibly being what’s causing him his biggest issues), as the Washington Post’s Alex Prewitt notes.

To some degree, it’s almost a little surprising that Burakovsky was demoted in the first place. The 20-year-old has been a quick study at the NHL level in many ways, showing some ability to skate with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom (among other positive signs).

The Capitals sent him down to make sure he had playing time, however, and Barry Trotz provided some glowing remarks about Burakovsky to Prewitt a few days ago.

“Every time we’ve put him in the lineup, he’s done a fantastic job for us. And he’s still learning. He’s still learning. He’s bright,” Trotz said. “I’ve got Burt penciled in for top-six forward for the next 15 years in his career. That’s where he’s headed. Is he there? Some games he’s there; some games he’s not. He’s still in the development stage. But you’re not going to find a better person or a better player who’s eager to do well.”

Let us all note that his nickname is “Burt,” by the way. That information could be exceedingly useful in the future …

Lightning recall Namestnikov, could get Carle back soon

Vladislav Namestnikov

The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled Vladislav Namestnikov on Thursday as it appears as if J.T. Brown is nursing an upper-body injury. The Bolts face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight.

Namestnikov (pictured) has seven points in 26 games with the Lightning this season while generating 35 points in 34 games at the AHL level. As the 27th pick of the 2011 NHL Draft, he’s yet another intriguing forward talent for a Tampa Bay team that’s just bursting with it. The 22-year-old has 30 games of NHL experience between the past two seasons.

Brown being injured (via Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times) isn’t great news, obviously, but the Lightning may be on the verge of getting that much deeper on defense, as it seems like Matt Carle isn’t that far from returning: