Mike Halford

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Wild assistant coach Sydor gets jail time for DWI


Minnesota assistant coach Darryl Sydor was sentenced to 60 days in jail after pleading guilty to second-degree DWI on Monday, per KSTP.com.

Sydor, 43, was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving in late August with his 12-year-old son in the vehicle, according to the Fridley Police Department.

Sydor reportedly failed field sobriety tests and had a blood-alcohol level of .30. Second-degree DWI is considered a gross misdemeanor under Minnesota law.

More on today’s plea:

Sydor was sentenced to serve 60 [non-consecutive] days in Anoka County Jail. The time will be scheduled around the NHL season and will be in intervals from 2015 to 2018. He will still have to miss some hockey games at the beginning of the season, according to court records.

He will also be on probation until 2019.

Shortly after today’s news, the Wild released the following statement:

The Minnesota Wild is aware of the plea agreement reached today by Assistant Coach Darryl Sydor and respects the decision made by the Anoka County District Court. The team will continue to support Darryl, and his family, as he continues with his recovery. His return to the organization will be addressed at a later date.

Sydor then released his own statement, through the club:

I apologize to my family, friends, the Minnesota Wild and the fans. I am deeply saddened and humbled by my actions. Recovery is giving me the opportunity to redeem myself to all I have hurt. The support I have received has been overwhelming and I couldn’t be more thankful.

The entire Minnesota Wild organization has stood by me and supported my family through this very difficult time. I can’t thank them enough for that. I am putting recovery first for myself and my family, and with that, everything else will fall into place.

Sydor has been an assistant with the Wild for the past four years, but away from the team since his arrest. Prior to his transition into coaching, Sydor had a lengthy NHL playing career that included Stanley Cup wins in Dallas and Tampa Bay.

Isles top Jets for first win in Brooklyn

Ryan Strome

The New York Islanders recorded made history on Columbus Day, notching their first regular-season with at the Barclays Center with a 4-2 decision over the Winnipeg Jets.

And, fittingly, it was the captain that led the way.

John Tavares finished with a goal and two assists in a game the Isles seemed determined to take. New York was the more aggressive of the two sides to start — the Isles out-shot the Jets 16-6 in the first period and jumped out to a 3-0 lead on goals from Tavares, Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson before Mark Scheifele replied for the Jets.

Winnipeg did rally to make it 3-2 on a Dustin Byfuglien power play goal in the third period, but the Isles retook control, first with a penalty shot (that Tavares missed), then an empty-net goal from Josh Bailey, his first of the season.

For the Isles, today’s win will help erase what some saw as a disappointing start. New York opened the year with a difficult assignment — back-to-back games against the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks — and only secured a single point after losing the opener 3-2 (in OT), then dropping the second game 4-1.

For the Jets, today’s loss was their first of the year after opening with wins in Boston and New Jersey. While they were flat for the opening 30 minutes, the Jets can probably take some solace in their comeback effort, and the fact they showed fight in the third of a four-game road trip to start the season.

Trouble Bruin: B’s lose again, off to first 0-3 start in 16 years


The times, they are tough in Boston.

The Bruins continued their ugly start to the ’15-16 campaign on Monday, dropping a 6-3 decision at TD Garden to the defending Eastern Conference champion Lightning.

Brian Boyle led the way for Tampa Bay with a pair of goals, while captain Steve Stamkos potted the eventual game-winner on the power play, the 500th point of his career.

For some, the focus of today’s game will be on the Bolts, who once again looked impressive and kept their record at a perfect 3-0.

The reality, though, is that most will focus on the Bruins.

The loss was Boston’s third to start the season, marking the first time in 16 years the club’s started 0-3. The last team to do it, the ’99-00 Bruins, went on to finish dead last in the old Northeast Division, and missed the playoffs.

As has been the case throughout this season, Boston’s undoing on Monday was an inability to keep pucks out of the net.

After surrendering six in the opener against Winnipeg and four on Saturday against Montreal, the B’s watched as Tampa Bay pumped another six past Tuukka Rask, including this very suspect insurance marker from Jonathan Drouin:

Rask’s numbers on the year are now downright ghastly: 0-3 record, .846 save percentage and 4.66 GAA.

Today’s loss also comes with the Bruins in a state of potential upheaval.

Defenseman Matt Irwin, signed as a free agent this summer, cleared waivers after two bad performances and was shipped off to the club’s AHL affiliate in Providence.

Meanwhile, a report from CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty claims the front office is “quietly” gauging the trade market for veterans like Brad Marchand and captain Zdeno Chara.

Struggling Kings lose King (foot surgery) for at least two months

Dwight King, Henrik Lundqvist

A tough start to the season got tougher in L.A. on Monday, as the club announced power forward Dwight King would miss the next 8-10 weeks following surgery for a broken bone in his foot.

The injury occurred during the preseason. King had yet to appear in a game for Los Angeles this season, having opened the year on injured reserve.

Prior to getting hurt, King, 26, had been a pretty consistent and durable performer over the last two seasons, missing just six games while scoring a combined 28 goals.

He was also a key producer in the club’s ’14 Stanley Cup championship, with 11 points in 26 games.

At 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, King is one of L.A.’s biggest skaters up front, so his absence will obviously hurt from a size perspective.

Losing King for an extended period of time is also another down note in what’s already been a disappointing start.

The Kings lost their first two games of the year — at Staples, to Pacific Division rivals San Jose and Arizona — by a combined 9-2 scoreline.

Backstrom (hip) takes line rushes with Caps

Nicklas Backstrom

Big week coming up for Washington and injured No. 1 center Nicklas Backstrom.

Backstrom, who underwent hip surgery this summer and missed the Caps’ season-opening win over New Jersey, took line rushes with his teammates on Monday and will meet with his surgeon this week about potential medical clearance.

Per the Post, Backstrom rotated in on the Caps’ second line with Marcus Johansson, Andre Burakovsky and Justin Williams today; he also wore a red jersey as opposed to a light blue non-contact jersey, so he could participate in some contact drills.

Originally, the club said Backstrom would miss the first 4-5 games of the season, which partly had to do with the schedule.

Beginning Tuesday, the Caps will embark on a busy stretch that sees them play six times in 10 nights, and three of those games come at home this week: Tuesday against San Jose, Thursday against Chicago and Saturday against Carolina.

After that stretch, the Caps then head west for a road trip through Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.