Mike Halford

Video: Sens’ Smith fined $2,000 for diving

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Ottawa forward Zack Smith has become the second player this season to be fined for diving/embellishment.

On Thursday, the league announced Smith was dinged $2,000 after being flagged for two separate incidents.

The first occurred in a game against Vancouver on Nov. 12, and the second happened against Tampa Bay on Dec. 10 (as shown in the above video).

Earlier this year, Detroit’s Teemu Pulkkinen was also fined $2K for diving.

 

 

With Smith hurt, Coyotes ‘willing to pay up an asset’ to get a ‘top-end goaltender’

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Arizona netminder Mike Smith is out 8-10 weeks after core muscle surgery, meaning starting duties in the desert are now with Anders Lindback.

Well they’re with Lindback for now, anyway.

“We’re looking at everything and anything,” Coyotes GM Don Maloney said of the club’s goalie situation, per AZ Central. “We are looking. If there’s a way to get a top-end goaltender that’s a long-term value to the franchise, we’re willing to pay up an asset for that.”

It’s a telling statement.

The Coyotes know what bad goaltending can do to a team — it’s something they experienced last year, when Smith struggled mightily through one of the worst campaigns of his career.

Subsequently, Arizona lost 58 times and finished 29th in the NHL.

So even though Maloney has Smith locked in for four more years at $5.66 million per — and even though he’s expressed confidence in Lindback and new No. 2 Louis Domingue — the Coyotes GM clearly doesn’t want another frustrating, losing environment to develop, especially with prized prospects Max Domi and Anthony Duclair in the fold.

Thing is, there aren’t many enticing options on the market.

Arizona passed on claiming Anaheim netminder Anton Khudobin off waivers this week — the Coyotes could revisit Khudobin via trade, however, to send some money back the Ducks’ way — and some of the names bandied about (Ben Scrivens, Niklas Backstrom) don’t exactly inspire.

Maloney’s also made it clear he’s not interested in a rental-type goalie.

“What I’m not going to do is pay a good asset for the next three months,” he said. “I’m not going to do that.”

No hearing scheduled for Wilson after Lazar hit

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Washington forward Tom Wilson doesn’t have a disciplinary hearing scheduled for his hit on Ottawa’s Curtis Lazar during Wednesday night’s action, an NHL spokesman confirmed.

The hit, which occurred late in the third period of Washington’s 2-1 win, earned Wilson a match penalty. Lazar appeared shaken on the play, and didn’t return.

Upon reviews, however, the match penalty seemed punitive, perhaps a reputation call more than anything else. Wilson had thrown some heavy hits earlier in the contest and, as we’ve documented here on PHT over the last few weeks, has a burgeoning reputation as one of the league’s dirtiest hitters — so much so that rival GMs have reportedly complained to the league.

Last week, Wilson was ejected from a game against Florida for boarding Panthers d-man Brian Campbell.

As for the Lazar hit, Sens head coach Dave Cameron (unsurprisingly) said officials got the call right.

Wilson and his head coach, Barry Trotz, disagreed.

“I watched the replay a couple times. I’m doing exactly what I’ve been told — track the puck,” said Wilson, as per CSN Mid-Atlantic. “It’s a two-on-two, I don’t think he ever sees me. I wasn’t even really trying to hit him. I just take away his space and his neck snaps a little bit.”

The Caps are back in action tomorrow, when they host the Lightning at Verizon.

Fedorov, Bondra highlight ’16 IIHF Hall of Fame class

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A pair of dynamic 90s forwards are among the six entrants in this year’s International Ice Hockey Federation’s Hall of Fame class.

Sergei Fedorov and Peter Bondra highlight a class that also includes Valeri Kamensky and Ville Peltonen, along with builders Pat Quinn and Ben Smith.

Fedorov won three Stanley Cups and three World Championships during his stellar NHL career, finishing with 483 goals and 1,179 points. He was one of the inductees into this year’s Hockey Hall of Fame.

Bondra, a 500 goal scorer, notched one of the most iconic goals in Slovakian hockey history — the game-winner against Russia to capture gold at the 2002 Worlds.

Kamensky is a member of the “Triple Gold” club, having won a World Championship (three times, actually), Olympic gold in ’88 and a Stanley Cup with Colorado in ’96.

Peltonen, who appeared in nearly 400 NHL contests with the Sharks, Predators and Panthers, is an incredibly decorated international competitor. He’s played in four Olympics, 13 Worlds and a pair of World Cups.

Quinn, who passed away in November of last year, captured titles as a head coach at the U-18, World Junior, World Cup and — most famously — the Olympic level, guiding Canada to victory in 2002 at Salt Lake.

Smith began his coaching career at the men’s collegiate level before taking over the U.S. women’s national team. He won gold at the ’98 Olympics in Nagano, and the Worlds in 2005.

 

Sophomore slump: Lowry ‘hasn’t been as good’ as Jets hoped, so he’s off to the minors

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Winnipeg’s Adam Lowry burst onto the scene last year, notching 11 goals and 23 points to lead all Jets rookies in scoring.

This year, though, he’s failed to find similar success — which is why the club demoted him to AHL Manitoba on Wednesday.

“He hasn’t been as good in the first part of the year as we’d hoped he would be,” head coach Paul Maurice said, per the Sun. “We want to get him to a place down there where he’s feeling good about his game.”

A third-round pick in 2011, Lowry appeared in 80 of 82 games last year and was a factor in the club’s opening-round playoff loss to Anaheim, scoring three points in four games.

But this season, he has just one goal in 31 games — eight points total — and had been dropped from his third-line center position to a fourth-line winger role.

It’s unclear who the Jets will recall to take Lowry’s spot in the lineup. Maurice said the 22-year-old’s stay in the AHL would extend at least until next week.