Author: Mike Halford


‘I feel like Marshawn Lynch right now’: Bishop ducks all queries about Game 3 availability


CHICAGO — Well, at least he took to the podium.

Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, who exited Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final under mysterious circumstances, met with the media following Monday’s morning skate… and said nothing.

Literally, nothing.

Among his answers in relation to Game 3:

“We’re not gonna comment on that.”

“We’ll see.”

“No comment.”

Bishop did participate in the morning skate, but it’s unclear whether that was to test whatever is ailing him, or as a warmup for tonight’s pivotal game at the United Center. His remarks today were much in line with what Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper has said repeatedly over the last 48 hours:


But at least they’ve both been apologetic.

“I feel like Marshawn Lynch right now,” Bishop said, referencing the Seattle RB’s infamous deflection of media queries.

“Sorry guys.”

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TVR Time: van Riemsdyk likely to replace Rundblad for Game 3

San Jose Sharks v Chicago Blackhawks

CHICAGO — Jon Cooper gave a promising young rookie his Stanley Cup Final debut in Game 2.

Now, Cooper’s counterpart looks like he’ll do the same in Game 3.

On Monday, Joel Quenneville hinted strongly that freshman blueliner Trevor van Riemsdyk would make both his Stanley Cup playoff and Final debut tonight in place of David Rundblad, less than 48 hours after Cooper gave 20-year-old Jonathan Drouin his first game of the series on Saturday night.

“Could play,” Quenneville said of TVR, refusing to officially reveal his lineup plans. “He’s got a real good patience level with the puck. Got good reads. Good stick. Positionally aware.

“I thought he came out into the team out of the blue, outstanding at the beginning of the season for us. I think he adds another dimension to our back end.”

Van Riemsdyk, 23, surprised the club out of training camp by making the team as an undrafted free agent, then further impressed in his first 18 games — before suffering a knee injury that cost him most of the season. Van Riemsdyk re-joined the team in late May and has been practicing every since.

“I’m going to be ready to go, play my game, keep it simple,” van Riemsdyk said after the morning skate. “I’ve had a lot of positive support here in the locker room, reminding you it’s just a hockey game you’ve been playing since you’re little.

“Obviously it’s a bigger stage, everything going on around it, but once you step on that ice, it’s just another hockey game. Just play the way you know can.”

The van Riemsdyk-for-Rundblad swap makes sense on a number of fronts. One, it’s a right-handed shot for right-handed shot, which evens out the pairings. Two, getting TVR into the series at home for Game 3 allows Quenneville to better control the matchups, as he has the last change.

Three, it could finally give the ‘Hawks some real contribution outside of the top-four defense. While van Riemsdyk was hardly a workhorse during the regular season, he did play frequently and averaged over 13 minutes a night.

Rundblad, meanwhile, has averaged 7:29 per game this postseason.

Oilers re-sign AHL farmhands Hunt, Miller

Colorado Avalanche v Edmonton Oilers

Edmonton has agreed to new one-year deals with defenseman Brad Hunt and forward Andrew Miller, the club announced on Monday.

Hunt, 26, appeared in 11 games for the OIlers last season, scoring a goal and three points. Miller, also 26, scored six points in nine games — a pretty good point total in a season which he impressed offensively at the AHL level, having scored 60 points in 63 games with the Oklahoma City Barons.

It’s expected that both will serve as depth options next year, and will spend most of their time with Edmonton’s new AHL affiliate in Bakersfield. That said, it’ll be interesting to see if Miller gets an extended look at the NHL level given how he scored in an admittedly small sample size last season.