Author: James O'Brien


Report: Sens’ MacArthur avoids suspension for check on Flames’ Bouma


Ottawa Senators winger Clarke MacArthur won’t be fined or suspended for his illegal hit to the head of Calgary Flames forward Lance Bouma, Sportsnet’s Damien Cox reports.

Here’s video of the check, which drew a two-minute minor penalty on Saturday:

MacArthur, 29, has a suspension on his resume, but it was a two-gamer that came way back in October 2011.

If Cox is correct, only that minor penalty will come from Saturday’s hit, although apparently it still drew some derision from Senators fans:

Wild activate Parise, place Brodin on IR


The Minnesota Wild activated star forward Zach Parise off IR on Sunday, making it highly likely that the winger will return from concussion issues against the Winnipeg Jets.

Reports indicated that Parise could return today after head coach Mike Yeo noted that he’s been “progressing well” from concussion issues.

Defenseman Jonas Brodin was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 11 in part to make room for Parise. There are rumors that Brodin might rank among the Minnesota players who are dealing with the mumps, although that hasn’t been confirmed. (The team merely describes it as “an illness.”)

Parise, 30, has 10 points in 11 games this season. He last played on Nov. 4. Minnesota’s on a two-game winning streak after Saturday’s 2-1 win against the Dallas Stars.

The Jets have been playing surprisingly good defense/enjoying unexpectedly strong goaltending early in 2014-15, so Parise’s presence will be welcomed by the Wild that much more.

Stars are baffled by ongoing home woes

San Jose Sharks v Dallas Stars

More than a week has gone by since Dallas Stars defenseman Trevor Daley vented about his team’s home struggles, yet they remain seated at one measly win at the American Airlines Center.

In what’s shaping up to be a hotly contested Central Division and Western Conference in general, the Stars are letting precious points slip away. They’re just 1-4-4 in Dallas after an uneven (if uninspired) 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.

The last four in their record could be the spot of both hope and frustration. On one hand, those are four points the Stars left on the table in regulation; on the other, it shows that they’re a few bounces from at least being above .500 in Dallas.

The Stars haven’t really pinpointed a specific issue at home, as they mostly spoke broadly about working harder to the Dallas Morning News.

“I think half of it is hoping it and half of it is wanting it, and it has to be 100 percent getting it done,” Jamie Benn said. “I think we’re making strides forward from the beginning of the year.”

The “good” news is that the Stars aren’t playing at home today, as they face the Blackhawks in Chicago. (That second part could be pretty bad news.)

Related: plenty of stories about Dallas struggling

Stars GM isn’t shocked by early woes.

Owner preaches patience.

Daley perplexed by home struggles, version one.

Callahan isn’t sure if he’ll be cheered at ‘fickle’ Madison Square Garden

Calgary Flames v Tampa Bay Lightning

New York Rangers fans will witness a jarring sight on Monday: Ryan Callahan in another team’s uniform.

Their former captain now plies his trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning, who also employ former Rangers Anton Stralman and Brian Boyle. Still, there’s no denying that Callahan’s departure was more controversial (and dramatic), so even he doesn’t know what to expect from the crowd at Madison Square Garden, as New York Newsday reports.

“I’m looking at it as another game. Obviously, it’s a little more than that, but I’m going to try and get the two points and get out of there,” Callahan said. “I don’t know [if I’ll be cheered]. It’s a fickle place there in MSG — that’s what it’s all about there. It’s a great crowd, great fans, and I’m excited to go back and play.”

The 29-year-old played parts of eight seasons with the Rangers, appearing in 450 regular season games and 59 postseason contests.

Whether it was more about term or the dollars, Rangers GM Glen Sather balked at Callahan’s asking price, eventually including him in the splashy trade that landed Martin St. Louis in New York. Callahan eventually signed a six-year, $34.8 million deal with the Lightning right before he was set to become an unrestricted free agent this past summer.

Some Rangers fans might feel some bitterness in that regard, yet it’s likely that his high-effort style left a lasting impression on many others.

It should be interesting to see how he’s received … and probably a pretty fun game to watch on its own.

Brad Richards’ newborn son will be on hand for his 1,000th game

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One member of the Richards family will participate in his 1,000th regular season NHL game on Sunday. The other will attend his first.

Brad Richards shared word that his five-week old son Luca will be on hand for his milestone moment by sharing this ridiculously cute photo of a baby-sized Richards jersey on his Instagram account:


His caption reads “Luca’s first game will be daddy’s 1000th. He is ready to go.”

Richards, 34, will suit up for his 18th game with the Chicago Blackhawks against the Dallas Stars (a team he played 220 games for from 2007-08 to 2010-11).

He currently sits at 876 career points (including nine this season) and told The Guardian that he thinks he has a lot of hockey left in him.

“In one moment you’re so excited and feel like a kid again,” Richards said. “At the same time . .  . you’re kind of like ‘Where did that 1,000 games go?’ And there’s a good chance there won’t be 1,000 more, so you realize time has flown by.”

With an All-Star appearance, Stanley Cup ring, Conn Smythe Trophy and Lady Byng to his name – not to mention nearly $86 million in estimated career earnings – Richards has already accomplished a lot in 999 games.

Perhaps he’ll show us something special in No. 1,000 today?

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