Brandon Bollig


Michalek, Condra, Scuderi among notable vets on waivers


NHL clubs continued to shuffle their decks today in advance of Tuesday’s roster deadline, which resulted in several older, familiar names on the waiver wire.

A quick rundown:

— Arizona waived longtime blueliner Zbynek Michalek. Michalek, 33, is in the last of a two-year, $6.4 million deal with a $3.2M average annual cap hit, and averaged just over 17 minutes a night in 70 games last year. This move could mean that Jakob Chychrun, the 16th overall pick at this year’s draft, will make the Coyotes’ opening-night roster.

— Just one year after signing a three-year, $3.75 million deal with the Bolts, Erik Condra is on waivers. The 30-year-old winger was a disappointment last season, with just 11 points in 54 games, and appeared to be in a battle for a roster spot throughout the preseason. With reports that GM Steve Yzerman is close to signing star RFA Nikita Kucherov, it’s possible Condra’s contract is buried in the AHL to squeeze a few extra dollars under the cap. Assuming Condra clears waivers, that is.

Rob Scuderi, heading into the last of a four-year, $13.5 million deal that’s been passed around like a hot potato, has been waived by Los Angeles. The 37-year-old originally signed the deal with Pittsburgh, but was then traded to Chicago, and then again to L.A. (the Pens retained most of his salary). Last year he suited up for all three teams, going goalless with 10 points in 63 games. He also appeared in all five of the Kings’ playoff games in an opening-round loss to San Jose, averaging 19:20 TOI per night.

Other notables:

— Calgary dumped tough guy Brandon Bollig, who has one year left on his three-year, $3.75 million deal.

— The Habs did the expected and waived goalie Mike Condon. Condon lost his backup gig to Al Montoya.

— Columbus exposed Gregory Campbell to the wire, with the 32-year-old midway through his two-year, $3 million deal. This comes after Campbell played all 82 games last year, scoring 11 points.

— In addition to Condra, the Bolts also waived Cory Conacher. Conacher was brought back to the organization this year after spending some time in Europe, in the hopes of rediscovering chemistry with head coach Jon Cooper.


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Video: Derek Dorsett bloodied in brawl


With some players vying for roster spots or trying to earn more ice time in 2016-17, it’s no surprise that some heavy-hitters engaged in fights on Sunday.

The stakes were there, even if these games didn’t “count.”

Hockey Fights features a full listing of last night’s bouts, but here are a few standouts from Sunday evening.

Alex Gallant vs. Derek Dorsett became a bloody affair:

The Vancouver Province captured one of the more violent moments:

Kurtis MacDermid and Jared Boll dropped the gloves in a heated fight as well on Sunday:

Finally, a heavyweight fight between Chris Thorburn and Brandon Bollig:

Fight video: Matt Martin battles Brandon Bollig twice


Enforcers are scarce these days, so it’s pretty rare to see the same guys fight twice.

That happened during the New York Islanders’ eventual 2-1 overtime win against the Calgary Flames on Thursday, as Matt Martin and Brandon Bollig engaged in two bouts.

You can watch the first one above and the second below.

According to Hockey Fights’ listings, the two hadn’t fought before. They might just start a rivalry at this rate.

Hartley to dress tough guys Bollig, Engelland for rematch versus Torts


Much has been made of the Bob Hartley-John Tortorella rivalry, with the latest installment set to take place tonight in Columbus as Hartley’s Flames battle Tortorella’s Blue Jackets.

This morning, Hartley provided the first bit of theatrics.

Per the Flames’ Twitter account, veteran tough guys Brandon Bollig and Deryk Engelland will dress for tonight’s affair at Nationwide.

Bollig (who leads the club with four fights) has only played in six of Calgary’s last 20 games and Engelland (second to Bollig in fighting majors) 14 of the last 20, so make of those decisions what you will.

Right now, Columbus’ only lineup change for tonight is re-inserting Scott Hartnell following his healthy scratch. But in light of what Hartley’s done, it’ll be interesting to see how Tortorella responds.

Back in 2014, Tortorella — then the coach in Vancouver — received a 15-day suspension for attacking Hartley following a game-opening line brawl between the Canucks and Flames. Hartley was fined $25,000 for his choice of starters that night: Kevin Westgarth and Brian McGrattan who, at the time, were two of the NHL’s most active enforcers.

Prior to tonight’s game, Tortorella expressed remorse over how he conducted himself back in Vancouver.

“I didn’t like what happened at the beginning of the game, and it was absolute stupidity how I went about it,” he explained, per the Dispatch. “My heart was in the right place, but my mind … it’s inexcusable and I’m totally embarrassed by it.”

Hartley doesn’t seem to be similarly shaken by the incident.

Last postseason, he was again fined for player selection in the opening round against Vancouver, a $50,000 punishment for his involvement in a end-of-game brawl.

Flames spoil Ristolainen’s hat trick, beat Sabres 4-3


CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Johnny Gaudreau returned after leaving with an apparent injury and put Calgary ahead late to spoil Rasmus Ristolainen‘s hat trick in the Flames’ 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.

Gaudreau exited in the first period after a collision but returned for the second. In the third period, he worked a give-and-go with Sean Monahan, then zipped a low shot through Chad Johnson‘s pads with 4:50 left for the 4-3 lead.

Monahan had two goals and an assist, and Markus Granlund also scored in Calgary’s fourth straight win. Jonas Hiller stopped 27 shots.

Ristolainen scored three goals in the final period, including a tying tally with 5:45 remaining. That one came when he banked a shot from the corner off the skates of Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman and past Hiller.

Monahan has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his last four games, all of them victories as Calgary enjoys its longest winning streak of the season.

The Flames have won eight in a row at home for the first time since Feb. 23 to March 27, 2013. The franchise record is 10 straight.

Johnson turned away 28 shots.

In the six-team logjam behind Los Angeles in the Pacific Division, the Flames are tied with Edmonton for fewest points, yet are just four points back of second-place Vancouver and with two games in hand.

The Sabres were 3-0-1 in their previous four games before heading to Western Canada for a three-game trip, but return home having lost all three games, including losses to the Canucks and Oilers.

Monahan opened the scoring at 5:46 of the second period. Brandon Bollig began the sequence with a pass back to Wideman at the blue line. His shot was stopped, but Monahan picked up the loose puck and fired into the net.

With 8 seconds left in the second, Granlund gave Calgary a two-goal cushion by converting a setup from Joe Colborne for his third goal in the last five games.

Ristolainen erased the Flames’ lead with a pair of power-play goals to open the third.

Monahan’s go-ahead goal at 9:25 came on a setup from Gaudreau, who found him alone in front. From there, he fired his 10th of the season.

It was only Hiller’s second start since the end of October. He gave up five goals on 29 shots in a loss to San Jose on Nov. 28.

Karri Ramo was supposed to start his 16th game in his last 17 but came down with a worse flu than what was already ailing Hiller, who had to leave practice early on Wednesday and was not on the ice at the morning skate Thursday.

Notes: Jiri Hudler (flu) was a scratch for Calgary. In his absence, Bollig played for the first time in six games. … Flames coach Bob Hartley coached career game No. 890, moving him ahead of Punch Imlach and into 31st on the NHL career list.