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Torts questions concussion protocol after Detroit incident


On Tuesday night in Detroit, Columbus forward Josh Anderson took a high hit from Wings d-man Brendan Smith.

The NHL’s concussion spotter removed Anderson from the game and, after being examined by Detroit’s team physician — the Jackets don’t travel with one — the decision was made to keep the 22-year-old out for the remainder of the contest.

On Wednesday, Columbus physicians examined Anderson, and concluded there were no signs of a concussion. All of which made for a state of confusion for head coach John Tortorella.

“That was the protocol – which makes no sense to me. Some doctor just pulls him out and says, ‘You’re concussed’ and then we come back here and he isn’t,” Tortorella said, per the Columbus Dispatch. “It makes zero sense. And I lose a pretty important player.

“(Anderson) was checked the following morning by our doctor. The spotter pulled him out, out of the game, and called down and said, ‘he’s not playing.’ We have diagnosed him not being concussed. Who diagnosed it (Tuesday night)? Was it their team doctor? I don’t know how it all works. It doesn’t make a whole helluva a lot of sense to me.”

Anderson said he did “a couple physical things in the room,” with the Red Wings doctor, adding that everything went well. He said he told the physician he wanted to return to play, but was held out for precautionary reasons.

The NHL implemented independent concussion spotters in arenas this season, along with an additional crew that watches games from league offices. All of them have the authority to remove players exhibiting signs of a potential concussion.

As for the second step, league rules state that if the visiting team isn’t traveling with a physician, the home team physician will be in charge of examining players removed from the game.

Tough times for Perry, who’s mired in another scoring slump


Corey Perry, a former 50-goal scorer and Hart Trophy winner, is going through one of the biggest slumps of his career.

One that’s essentially covered the entire season.

“It’s not fun, what’s going on,” Perry said of his scoring woes and the constant questions, per the O.C. Register. “I’ll tell you that right now.

“What do you think I’m going through?”

Here, numerically speaking anyway, is what he’s going through:

— Perry has just nine goals through 55 games this year.

— That’s put him on pace for 13, which would be his lowest total since breaking into the league a dozen years ago.

— He’s had goalless droughts of 18 and 13 games already, and is currently mired in a six-game slump.

Unsurprisingly, the Ducks’ offense has sputtered right along with Perry. They currently sit just 22nd in the NHL in goals per game, and have scored just four times in their last three contests.

Head coach Randy Carlyle said he’s talked “numerous times” to Perry about making tweaks and adjustments in his game, and noted that Perry’s responded accordingly — but the goals have yet to come.

So all parties involved have patience.

But one wonders when it might wear thin.

The Ducks could certainly use some help at forward, at least in terms of putting pucks in the net, so perhaps this situation could come to a head at the trade deadline — which is just weeks away.

Related: Is Anaheim readying to move a defenseman?

In statement, Julien gives thanks for ’10 unforgettable years in Boston’


Just days after his dismissal, former Bruins head coach Claude Julien released his first public statement on the matter.

Here’s the release, per the Boston Globe:

“I would like first and foremost to thank the Bruins organization for allowing my family and I the privilege of spending 10 unforgettable years in Boston. We were proud to call this great city home for so long and will dearly miss it.

“To the players, past and present, medical and equipment staff, doctors and communications staff, all of whom worked hard for the success of our club with a team-first mentality, I cannot thank you enough for your commitment through it all.

“From the game day security crew to the volunteers that I was fortunate enough to meet throughout the years, I thank you as well.

“I certainly cannot sign off without thanking the people that made this time here so rewarding- the Boston Bruins fans. Your devotion, unmistakable passion, energy and support is what makes Boston the best sports city in the entire world!

“In leaving this organization, what I’m most happy about and most proud of is being part of the team that brought the Stanley Cup back to Boston for the first time in 39 years. Sharing that journey and the Stanley Cup celebrations with our players, families, staff and our fans produced so many incredible memories that I will never forget. To all that were part of it and helped along the way, I want to express a heartfelt ‘thank you.’”

At the time of his firing, Julien was the NHL’s longest-tenured bench boss. In addition to capturing the aforementioned Stanley Cup, he also won the 2009 Jack Adams Award as the league’s top coach, and leaves as the B’s all-time leader in wins.

Related: What’s next for Julien?

Jiggs McDonald to call first Kings game in 45 years


Thursday’s Kings-Panthers game in Florida will be a special one for Jiggs McDonald.

McDonald, the legendary play-by-play man and winner of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Foster Hewitt Award, will return to the Kings’ booth for the first time since 1972 to call tomorrow’s game, alongside color commentator Jim Fox.

More, from the club:

McDonald is the “Original Voice of the LA Kings,” working in Los Angeles from 1967-72 during the club’s very first five seasons. He called the club’s first preseason game, first regular season game and first playoff game. His first Kings game in 1967 was also his first NHL game.

He has also worked as a club broadcaster for the Atlanta Flames, Florida Panthers and the New York Islanders, totaling more than 3,000 contests. In 1990 he was the recipient of the Foster Hewitt Award, which is recognized by a plaque in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto and he will return to Los Angeles for Opening Night as the 1967-68 Kings are reunited. He is one of three Kings broadcasters to be so honored along with Bob Miller and Nick Nickson.

In what is scheduled to be his last NHL game, McDonald will now have called a Kings game in their first year and again during the club’s 50th Anniversary celebration. He has also called at least one NHL game in each of the last 50 years.

McDonald, 78, is best known for his lengthy stint calling Islanders games, and being the play-by-play voice for three of New York’s Stanley Cup championships.

Grubauer could be Vegas-bound — not that he’s focused on it


Here’s someone to keep an eye on with regards to the Golden Knights:

Philipp Grubauer.

Grubauer, currently employed as Braden Holtby‘s trusty backup in Washington, could be in play when Vegas starts roster construction this summer. A pending RFA, he qualifies as a goalie to be exposed — Holtby will obviously be protected — and should the situation change, there’s always the possibility of Vegas targeting Grubauer in a potential trade.

There are connections in Sin City.

Vegas GM George McPhee was the boss in Washington when it took Grubauer in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. What’s more, McPhee hired former Caps goalie coach, Dave Prior, to oversee things in Vegas.

Prior has spoken highly of his former pupil.

“Philipp does things effortlessly,” Prior said, per the Washington Post. “That’s the talent that not everybody is lucky enough to be equipped with. He also stays between the puck and the net instinctively.”

Grubauer ticks several boxes for Vegas. He’s young (25), projects to be affordable (currently carrying a $750,000 cap hit) and looks as though he’s ready to audition for a No. 1 gig.

Currently in the conversation for the NHL’s best backup, Grubauer is enjoying a great season. He’s 10-3-2 with a .931 save percentage, 1.98 GAA and three shutouts.

Of course, Vegas speculation is just noise to the German ‘tender. His main focus is on the Caps.

“I don’t care right now,” Grubauer said of the potential to become a starter, per the Washington Times. “I’m just looking to help this team and win the games I play and help the team get the points. When Holts needs a rest, I’m confident that I can step in.”