Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov has been offered an in-person hearing for his hit on Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin Friday night.
Kulikov was assessed a five minute major and a game misconduct for clipping on the play.
Since the 24-year-old has been offered an in-person hearing his suspension can exceed five games.
“It’s a dirty shot. It’s just something that ends up taking your best player out of the game,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff postgame. “Not only out of the game, it is taking him out of the lineup for a little while for us.
“(We will) just let the league deal with it. I used to yell and scream about it but that doesn’t do any good. It’s just a shot that didn’t need to happen.”
After getting sent down to the minors during the 2013-14 season and bought out in the summer, Shane O’Brien isn’t speaking too favorably about his time with the Calgary Flames.
According to George Richards of the Miami Herald, O’Brien, who has struggled to maintain a regular spot in the NHL the last few years, will be in the lineup Friday when the Panthers take on the Flames.
“I try to forget Calgary,” O’Brien, the 31-year-old defenseman, told the Sun Sentinel. “But there’s good guys in that locker room, too. … The hockey world is small. Any time you go to a new team I’ve been lucky to play with good guys that embrace me right away in training camp. I felt part of [this] team right away.
“Obviously, the back end has been healthy and that’s good for them, not too good for me, but it is what it is. … It’s an opportunity they’re given me right now and I’ll do the best I can.”