Tag: Scott Nichol

Maxim Lapierre

Pavelski on Lapierre: ‘Things like that happen, especially when idiots are idiots’


To say the San Jose Sharks were upset about St. Louis’ Maxim Lapierre hitting Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle from behind and injuring him would be understating the issue.

One player who had harsh words for Lapierre following the Sharks’ 6-2 win over the Blues was Joe Pavelski as Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com shares.

“Things like that happen, especially when idiots are idiots,” Joe Pavelski said. “Dan’s a world-class defenseman, there’s straight numbers (from behind) – there’s guys in this league that will target that. It doesn’t matter. They just go. It sucks.”

It’s expected the league will take some kind of action against Lapierre for the hit. His history against the Sharks is something some current players are familiar with as he was suspended for four games back in 2010 for a late hit on then San Jose forward Scott Nichol while with Montreal.

Logan Couture was aware of Lapierre’s past and was even tougher in his assessment of him. More from Kurz:

“A player that probably shouldn’t even be in the league is taking out one of the best players in the world. That guy’s got a history. After the first shift, he’s yelling at us from their bench that he’s coming after us, and then he does that. I don’t even know. It’s pretty gutless. Then he turtles. Be a man if you make a hit like that. Don’t turtle and run behind the linesman.”

Boyle was sent to the hospital for treatment and tells ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun he’s going to be OK.

Nichol named Nashville’s director of player development

Scott Nichol

Scott Nichol is moving on to the next phase of his hockey career. The 38-year-old checking center has retired as a player and accepted a job as Nashville’s director of player development.

“As an organization that prides itself on developing homegrown talent, Scott Nichol will play a vital role in helping our prospects reach their full potential,” Predators general manager David Poile said in a release. “Scott was a player who had to work hard for everything in his career, and he will bring energy, enthusiasm and work ethic to this job. As a newly retired player he also has the ability to relate to players at all levels and help in their development.”

Drafted 272nd overall in 1993, Nichol appeared in 662 regular-season games in the NHL — 209 with the Preds — and finished his playing career with the St. Louis Blues.

Brad Marchand says Jeff Skinner “slew-foots all the time”

Jeff Skinner

On Tuesday, Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand accused Carolina’s Jeff Skinner of being a slew-foot specialist.

And, enthusiast.

“Skinner slew-foots all the time,” Marchand told WEEI, referencing an incident from Monday’s 5-3 win involving Skinner and Patrice Bergeron. “He’s always doing that to guys and I think Bergy just had enough of it. We even spoke about it before the game in the room.

“The guys were talking about how much he slew foots and you’ve got to watch out for him. You can see it’s very blatant. He kicks his legs out and throws him back.”

Here’s video of the incident, with the *alleged* Skinner slew foot on Bergeron occurring behind the Boston goal at the five second mark:

As Marchand alluded to, this is not the first time Skinner’s come under fire for slew-footing.

Last March, the ‘Canes forward was said to have taken out Washington defenseman Dmitry Orlov with a similar move.

“If you can get a hold of the tape, you can clearly see his leg come out and trip him there,” one Caps player told The Washington Times on the condition of anonymity. “That’s a terribly dangerous play.”

The NHL reviewed the play, but deemed the play a trip, not a slew-foot.

A few days after the Orlov incident, Skinner was suspended two games for kicking Blues forward Scott Nichol, furthering his reputation as a guy that likes to use his feet for nefarious deeds:

It should be noted that if anybody’s qualified to identify a slew-foot, it’s Marchand. He was fined for one last year (on Pittsburgh’s Matt Niskanen) and said he regretting doing such a “greasy play.”

“[Skinner’s] got to stop doing that,” Marchand said. “If he does it again, I wouldn’t be surprised if a guy got up and took exception. It’s just not a good play.”