Mikhail Grabovski’s apparent bite of Max Pacioretty’s arm in a scrum late in the Leafs 6-0 win over Montreal was noticed by the league.
According to Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet, Grabovski has a 4 p.m. hearing with Brendan Shanahan and the NHL to talk about what happened.
To borrow Shanny’s phrase, as you can see in the video (included in our post on the incident) Pacioretty grabs Grabovski by the face from behind as things got heated along the boards. Grabovski clearly does something to get Pacioretty steaming mad, but it seems clear he did something to provoke it, too.
For what it’s worth, when Alex Burrows chomped on Patrice Bergeron’s gloved fingers during the 2011 Stanley Cup finals he was neither fined nor suspended. The fact that it happened during the finals may have helped him out there though.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
The Wild have called up rookie winger Charlie Coyle. The future is quickly becoming now in Minnesota. (Star-Tribune)
Give it up to Boston’s Chris Bourque for making his first goal of the season count the most as the only tally and game-winner against Toronto. (CSNNE.com)
Want to know what it’s like to spend a day with the NHL’s Player Safety crew and Brendan Shanahan? Here’s your hook-up. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Peter Chiarelli would prefer you not to judge Brian Burke based solely on the Phil Kessel trade. (Toronto Sun)
The Blues would like rookie Jaden Schwartz to be more like their other rookie Vladimir Tarasenko and shoot more. (Post-Dispatch)
The Predators are finally getting what they were hoping for out of Craig Smith. (The Tennessean)
Anyone know what’s next for Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele? (Winnipeg Free Press)
Is it time for Flyers GM Paul Holmgren to swing some deals? (Ottawa Sun)
Finally, all hail our dark lord Teemu Selanne. His empty-net goal last night was the 666th tally of his career. (Battle Of California)
Concussions and controversial hits have faded into the background thanks to the lockout, but head injuries are still a major concern and storyline in modern sports.
Filmmaker Steve James (of “Hoop Dreams” fame) decided to tackle the issue of concussions in his 2011 documentary “Head Games,” which includes prominent appearances from Brendan Shanahan and Keith Primeau.*
The documentary leans heaviest toward the NFL and football in general, but the NHL’s issues – and measures to make changes – also surface frequently. Some of the clips and photos might bring back some tough memories, as the movie shows memorable checks such as Zdeno Chara’s hit on Max Pacioretty and also discusses the deaths of Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and Bob Probert.
Yet even though James’ documentary brings up some difficult questions for hockey and sports in general, James told NHL.com that the league has been progressive in many areas.
“I do think all the sports have a ways to go in terms of how they handle rules and discussions around concussions, but the NHL has certainly been more forward-thinking on this issue than football,” James said.
” … I think the fact that Brendan Shanahan has taken that role and taken it very seriously is a very positive thing. Daly was obvious and candid about the League’s view [in the film]. He basically said there is going to be brain injuries, no way around it. I think it was great he was willing to state it.”
You can read a little more about it – including Primeau’s emotional presence in the film – in NHL.com’s article or check out the movie via various outlets. (It’s on Netflix Instant Queue, for instance.)
* -You might not be as excited to see Bill Daly thanks to his prominence in the CBA discussions, but he makes a cameo, too.