Author: James O'Brien


So, Rob Gronkowski spiked a Bruins ceremonial puck into the crowd


Dull moments are rare when it comes to New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, so why would the normally bland practice of the ceremonial first puck drop be any different?

He put a very “Gronk” spin on the practice Saturday, as he spiked a puck into the crowd before the Boston Bruins took on the New York Islanders.

Gronk’s gonna Gronk.

Update: Apparently he’s going to chow down on some pizza, too.

The Bruins ended up narrowly winning this one 2-1.

Clarkson hits new low as Leafs make him a healthy scratch


This past month seems like an endless stream of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ gaffes blowing up in their faces. The latest example comes tonight, as David Clarkson adds the latest bullet point to his nightmare stay in Toronto: healthy scratch.

The Canadian Press’ Stephen Whyno captures the embarrassment pretty well:

Remember when some were calling Clarkson the next coming of Wendel Clark? Woops.

Hey, at least he has more time for Ping Pong tonight, though:


Just Columbus’ luck: Ryan Murray is out 4-6 weeks

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To a large extent, the story of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ season has been injuries. Sadly, that’s also been the story of defenseman Ryan Murray’s early career.

The unlucky scoring blueliner suffered a high-ankle sprain that will sideline him for four-to-six weeks, the team announced.

A litany of injuries have limited the development of the 21-year-old, who was the second overall pick of the 2012 NHL Draft.

(You may remember him as the player Columbus opted to draft instead of accepting the New York Islanders’ entire draft board to move up one spot.)

It’s a real shame, as the Blue Jackets don’t get much of an idea of what they truly have in Murray. He has one assist in seven games played this season after generating 21 points in 66 games as a rookie in 2013-14.