Cody McLeod

Beefing up: Coyotes ink John Scott


The Pacific Division continued to get tougher on Friday in the wake of Milan Lucic’s arrival in Los Angeles.

The Anaheim Ducks signed Brian McGrattan while the Arizona Coyotes added tough guy John Scott on a one-year deal.

Scott spent the 2014-15 season with the San Jose Sharks scoring career-high three goals and four points to go along with 87 penalty minutes in 38 games. The 32-year-old has a history with Coyotes’ assistant GM Darcy Regier as the two were together in Buffalo.

According to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie, Scott’s deal is a one-way contract worth $575,000.

Arizona also signed Steve Downie to a one-year deal on July 1.

The Canucks added Brandon Prust in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens.

“L.A. got tougher in bringing in Lucic. Other teams got tougher,” Canucks GM Jim Benning said on Thursday when discussing the Prust acquisition. “I don’t want our younger players getting picked on this year. I want them to go out, be able to play and feel comfortable.

“With (Derek) Dorsett and Prust in the lineup, they’re going to create a safe working environment for our young players.”

Dorsett (17) and Prust (16) were second and third in fighting majors last season, according to Colorado’s Cody McLeod led the league with 19.

Downie was 14th in fighting majors last season with eight.

Pens admit ‘concern, for sure’ over Downie’s lack of discipline


This past weekend was a rough one for Pittsburgh — back-to-back losses in which it was outscored 7-1 — and few Penguins had it rougher than Steve Downie, who racked up 24 penalty minutes over the two games, most of which came during Sunday’s defeat to Detroit.

Downie’s PIM problem has been addressed — repeatedly — according to Pens head coach Mike Johnston.

“As I talked about before, and I met with him before the game [Sunday] and I told him we just can’t have that,” Johnston said, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “That is a concern for sure. Downie has to play without taking minor penalties, especially obstruction penalties.

“If you take a penalty where you initiate through physical play, or something like that, we can accept that. And he knows that.”

Downie was whistled for unsportsmanlike conduct as Boston scored an empty netter late in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat, then was back at it on Sunday, racking up two 10-minute misconducts (one for pushing a linesman) and a crosschecking minor to boot.

The end result? Downie took a stronger grip on the NHL’s penalty minutes lead — he’s now at 221, nearly 50 more than second-place Cody McLeod — and became the first Penguin to eclipse 200 PIM since Rick Tocchet and Ulf Samuelsson did it in 1992-93.

“When [Downie] does take a penalty or something bad happens in a game he just can’t let it go further,” Johnston explained. “I thought he came out of the box, he had a couple of really good shifts for us. That’s what he has to do. Then he just goes back and takes a 10.

“I didn’t like that at all. He knows that. He knows where he’s got to play. And yes it is a concern.”

Avs’ marked man McLeod scores vs. Wild, fights Stewart


Patrick Roy vented on a Minnesota sportswriter for discussing Cody McLeod’s agitating presence against the Minnesota Wild, yet it didn’t take long for the tough Colorado Avalanche forward to operate as expected.

It’s obviously been a catalyst for Colorado tonight, too, as they’re off to a 3-0 lead in part thanks to McLeod’s efforts.

Less than a minute into the game, he fought his old pal Chris Stewart:

Later in the first period, he scored the Avs’ first goal:

If these two teams meet in the playoffs again anytime soon, fans of chaos would probably want McLeod involved.

Patrick Roy slams Minnesota reporter for ‘garbage’ article


Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy didn’t deny that his team has had some tense on-ice moments with the Minnesota Wild, yet he chided a media member for an article he views as “unhealthy for the game of hockey.”

As the Pioneer Press’ Chad Graff notes, Roy called out the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo for an article he claims more or less encourages revenge on Cody McLeod.

Click here for the article in question, while it’s worth looking at the full text of Roy’s comments via Graff:

Honestly, it’s difficult to see Russo’s article as anything out of the ordinary, as the author himself states in what may be his only response:

For a little comic relief, note that Roy describes Russo’s article as “garbage” while noting that a Matt Cooke hit on Tyson Barrie was “garbage” to him in said “garbage” article.

After last Saturday’s game, Wild coach Mike Yeo called what McLeod did to Granlund “garbage.” Friday, Roy countered, “To me, garbage is what Cooke did to Barrie.”

Roy, like Yeo, said the Avs will hit the ice Sunday intent on winning a hockey game. “Revenge,” Roy said, for the Cooke-Barrie incident has not been in Colorado’s game plan or “we would have done something way before” the McLeod-Granlund incident.

All of that drama aside, there’s little sense denying the growing animosity between the two teams, who meet again tonight.

Landeskog, McLeod receive max fines for late game altercation


Colorado’s Cody McLeod and Gabriel Landeskog each received the maximum fine allowed for their actions late in the Avalanche’s 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday, per the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

McLeod’s wallet is $3,091.40 lighter for coming into the contest with 8.1 seconds left “for the purpose of starting an altercation.” McLeod fought with Charlie Coyle after knocking down Mikael Granlund immediately after the faceoff. In addition to the fine, McLeod had already been handed an unsportsmanlike conduct minor, fighting major, and 10-minute misconduct.

Landeskog was also booted in the dying seconds of the game after throwing a punch at Mikko Koivu while they were both on the bench. For his actions, Landeskog has been fined $5,000.

You can see both incidents below:

Colorado and Minnesota will play again on Sunday.