Tag: Jay Rosehill

Patrick Wey

Caps’ Wey retires at 24 due to concussions


Defenseman Patrick Wey worked his way through Boston College and made his NHL debut with the Washington Capitals on Oct. 7, 2013 at the age of 22. After suffering multiple concussions though, he’s decided to hang up his skates, per the Capitals’ official website’s Mike Vogel.

He sustained his first concussion in what proved to be his final NHL game on March 30, 2014 during a fight with Predators forward Rich Clune. The fact that an experienced combatant like Clune agreed to spar with the rookie didn’t sit well with the Capitals.

“They had a little tangle before the fight and they were talking to each other a bit and Weysie seemed to be a willing combatant,” Troy Brouwer said at the time. “But at the same point guys who are known to be fighters, they have to have enough respect to pick their spots to know when guys are able to fight fighters.”

For his part, Clune reached out to Wey after the incident.

Wey was concussed again in Oct. 24 after absorbing a high hit from Jay Rosehill. He wasn’t able to return from that injury.

Report: Wild waive tough guy Bickel

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Minnesota has put veteran tough guy Stu Bickel on waivers, per the Star-Tribune.

Bickel, 28, inked a one-year deal with the Wild this summer after spending most of his professional career with the Rangers’ organization. A Minnesota native that played one season with the NCAA’s Golden Gophers, Bickel didn’t dress for either of the Wild’s opening two games of the season against Colorado.

Bickel’s best NHL campaign came under John Tortorella with the Rangers in 2011-12, when he played in a career-high 51 regular season games and appeared in 18 playoff contests during New York’s run to the Eastern Conference Final.

While this isn’t an earth-shattering transaction, it does fall in line with the recent trend of teams not carrying enforcers on their 23-man rosters. The Leafs waived Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren prior to the start of the regular season, while the Flyers did the same with Zack Stortini and Jay Rosehill.


Bullies no more? Flyers approach season without enforcers

Philadelphia Flyers v New York Rangers - Game One

As of this very writing, the Philadelphia Flyers seem set to do something they haven’t done since the 70’s: enter the regular season without a full-on, “heavyweight” enforcer.

(Some were probably hoping they’d do a different thing since that decade: win the Stanley Cup. That’s certainly the other plan …)

By waiving Jay Rosehill on Friday, the Flyers inspired a wave of stunned headlines about this possible change of direction, with CSNPhilly.com even labeling them “The Bully-less Bullies.”


Fans of pugnacious Flyers hockey shouldn’t fret too much, however, as there’s still plenty of snarl on this roster. GM Ron Hextall mentioned as much to the press, even as he seems to nudge this team along in a (gasp) progressive direction.

“We’ve got some toughness on our team,” Hextall said. “Don’t forget that. We’ve got some guys that can handle themselves. I think when you look, there wasn’t a lot of fights in preseason. There never are any fights in the playoffs. And then in between, it’s getting less and less. If we have to adjust at some point, we’ll adjust.”

While Rosehill led the team with 10 fights in 2013-14, there are plenty of players who can drop the mitts if things get out of hand, including guys who can take a regular shift like Wayne Simmonds (six fights last season). Beyond that, Rosehill and and Zack Stortini are just a quick call-up from the AHL. As Hextall said, “it can change in a hurry.”

(Some have mentioned Zac Rinaldo, and he’ll certainly drop the mitts with aplomb. Even if he’s heavier than his listed 169 lbs., it’s obvious that he’s not in that “heavyweight” category, though.)

Beyond the blatantly obvious fact that fighting is both declining in frequency and the fairly clear notion that teams are becoming far less willing to dress a guy who can really do little but scuffle, both Hextall and head coach Craig Berube feel like they’re better off with a more versatile fourth line.

“Right now we look at the [Pierre-Edouard] Bellemare line,” Hextall said. “They’re giving us some offense. They’re giving us some quality minutes. When Chief (Berube) and I talked in the summertime, we wanted to increase that line’s ice time.

“At this point it looks like we’ll be able to.”

This roster still has its issues (as you can read all about here), so it might be a while before we truly see positive results from the refreshing-yet-possibly-polarizing changes Hextall seems willing to consider.

In the meantime, it might be appropriate to drum up a new nickname. Should we start calling them “The Broad Street Beauties?”

(That … probably wouldn’t go over too well.)

With Rinaldo hurt, Flyers recall McGinn

Tye McGinn

Philadelphia has recalled Tye McGinn from AHL Adirondack to replace Zac Rinaldo on the active roster.

McGinn, 23, has six goals and 12 points in 28 games with the Phantoms this year, and three goals in six games with the Flyers (at the time of his first demotion back to Adirondack, McGinn was actually leading Philly in scoring.)

He’ll likely slot into the lineup ASAP as Rinaldo, who was one of just nine Flyers to play in the first 44 games of the season, is out six weeks with a high ankle sprain. The ailment landed Rinaldo on IR alongside fellow forward Matt Read, currently sidelined with a concussion.

Philly doesn’t play again until a Saturday matinee at home against Tampa Bay. McGinn took Friday line rushes on the club’s fourth unit with Chris VandeVelde and Adam Hall, splitting time with Jay Rosehill.

Video: Wild’s Rupp cut in fight with Flyers’ Rosehill

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Minnesota Wild winger Mike Rupp received a cut next to his left eye in a fight with Philadelphia Flyers forward Jay Rosehill and had to go off for repairs, according to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

The fight occurred immediately off a faceoff just 3:30 into the second period of Monday’s game between the Wild and Flyers. The two traded heavy punches.

The scrap may have been brewing after a physical first period between the two teams.