Author: Mike Halford

David Ling in action

Ex-NHLer Ling charged with battery, theft


David Ling, a journeyman that appeared in 93 games with Montreal and Columbus during his NHL career, was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with battery and third-degree grand theft.

Ling, 40, was apprehended in Florida following an incident at a Miami Beach hotel.

More, from the Kingston Whig-Standard:

According to a complaint/arrest affidavit furnished to the Whig-Standard on Wednesday by the Miami Beach Police Department, when officers first arrived, the female victim was crying hysterically on the hotel room’s phone.

Police said she then hung up the phone and calmed down before speaking to police.

She told them she just had a verbal altercation with Ling, whom she said had been drinking and was jealous of other men giving her attention.

She said that the argument escalated and Ling became very aggressive and took her cellphone, passport and wallet out of her purse and fled down the hallway.

Following an attempt to retrieve her items, Ling became more enraged, yelling obscenities at her and striking her on the side of the head with a closed fist. Fearing for her safety, according to the report, she pushed Ling away causing a laceration on his cheek.

Ling last suited up in the NHL during the 2003-04 campaign — with the Blue Jackets — but was still playing professionally as recently as last season, splitting time between the ECHL and AHL.

He is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Aug. 4.

Habs GM hopes Semin will ‘bring his skill and his compete level’

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To hear Marc Bergevin explain it, it’s simple — to be successful in Montreal, Alex Semin needs to work hard, and do it consistently.

“We hope he’ll bring his skill and his compete level to Montreal,” the Habs GM said on Wednesday, per the Gazette. “If you don’t score — (and) it’s hard to score in today’s game — you have to bring something else to the table.

“So it’s either backchecking or stripping pucks or playing solid hockey. That’s what I expect from you if you don’t score.”

Expectations and Semin haven’t always meshed well.

After scoring a monster five-year, $35 million deal from Carolina in 2013, his game fell of a cliff; there were whispers the 31-year-old Russian became complacent (at, at times, lethargic) after getting paid. The fact he was in the elite $7-million-per-year club only added to the scrutiny.

So this summer, just two years after signing him, Carolina bought Semin out of the remainder of his contract.

As such, expectations are now significantly lower. Semin’s on an inexpensive contract in Montreal — one year, $1.1 million — and, given he scored just six goals in 57 games last year, any uptick in production will be seen as a positive.

As others have mentioned, there is hope Semin can rediscover his game with the Canadiens like Alexei Kovalev did a few years ago. The similarities between the two are obvious — Russian, mercurial, immensely skilled — and it is worth noting that, during the 2007-08 campaign, the 34-year-old Kovalev had a renaissance season in which he scored 84 points in 82 games, was named to his first (and only) NHL All-2nd Team and actually served as team captain twice that year, when Saku Koivu was out with injury.

Bergevin is hopeful Semin can have the same sort of revival.

“Obviously, things didn’t go his way in Carolina,” he said. “He’s going to have a chance to prove that he is a player that he once was and he’s still young at 31 years of age.”

Report: Rangers prospect Andersson headed to North America

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New York draftee Calle Andersson — the son of former Ranger Peter Andersson — will reportedly leave Swiss side HC Lugano and play in North America next season, per the club’s website.

Andersson, who turned 21 in May, is coming off a very strong year.  He performed well as one of Lugano’s youngest defensemen, scoring 17 points in 30 games and another three in six playoff appearances.

He also boasts both good hockey bloodlines — his dad, in addition to playing for the Rangers, also suited up for Florida and is now Lugano’s assistant coach — and size (Andersson’s listed at 6-foot-2, 212 pounds).

The Rangers’ fourth-round pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Andersson will reportedly spend next year on a two-way deal.

While he may get a shot at some cameo appearances in New York, it seems likely he’ll be on his way to AHL Hartford for some seasoning.