Tag:Toronto Maple Leafs
Posted on: September 25, 2011 12:59 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2011 7:30 pm

Sabres' Boyes suspended two games for hit

By Brian Stubits

Another night of preseason games, another player leaves with a suspension from NHL chief disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan.

A day after Brad Staubitz and James Wisniewski were suspended indefinitely for their actions on Friday, Brad Boyes of the Buffalo Sabres had to face the reaper for his hit on the Maple Leafs' Joe Colborne and left with a two preseason-game suspension. He will be able to return for Buffalo's exhibition game in Germany before the season begins in earnest.

See the objectionable hit for yourself and hear Shanahan's explanation.

As you can see, Boyes nails Colborne with the principal contact of the hit coming near the head, the specific play Shanahan and crew are trying to weed out of the game. There was no penalty called on Boyes during the game, but that doesn't guarantee him no league discipline. This one isn't completely clear cut, but the NHL has shown it will air on the side of caution in these cases.

Having no prior discipline past helped spare Boyes from a tougher suspension.

Soon enough players are going to have to reprogram their brains to avoid these types of hits. These are the new rules of the game and they are not going back.

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Posted on: September 24, 2011 9:53 am

Video: Ryan Miller robs Joffrey Lupul

By: Adam Gretz

Ryan Miller played all three periods of Friday's preseason game where his Buffalo Sabres picked up a 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Miller looked to be in midseason form stopping 33 of the 34 shots he faced, 27 of which came over the final two periods.

With just over seven minutes to play in regulation Miller made his best save of the night -- and one of the best saves of the exhibition season for any goaltender -- when he made a sprawling glove save on Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul, taking away what looked it was going to be a game-tying goal.

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Posted on: September 22, 2011 7:58 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2011 7:31 pm

Jody Shelley gets 10 game suspension

By: Adam Gretz

We knew Thursday was going to be a big day for Brendan Shanahan to see how he would handle the Jody Shelley incident from Wednesday's Flyers-Maple Leafs game, when the Philadelphia forward was ejected for boarding Toronto's Darryl Boyce.

Just hours after Shanahan appeared in a video describing the five-game suspension he issued to Calgary's Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, it was announced that Shelley will be suspended for what amounts to 10 games -- the final five games of the preseason and the first five games of the regular season.

He won't be eligible to return to the Philadelphia lineup until Thursday, Oct. 20 when the Flyers host the Washington Capitals.

The incident occurred midway through the second period when Boyce chased the puck into the Flyers zone and was then sent into the glass with a high hit from behind by Shelley. The play resulted in a five-minute major penalty as well as a game misconduct.

As he did earlier in the day to announce the first suspension under his watch, Shanahan again appeared in a video describing the incident (the description of the play was nearly identical to the first one) and all of the factors that went into his decision. In this instance, Shanahan explained that he took into consideration that Boyce was injured on the play, as well as the fact that Shelley was suspended twice last season to reach the decision to suspend him for the remainder of the preseason as well as the first five regular season games. 

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Posted on: September 22, 2011 5:28 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2011 7:32 pm

Letourneau-Leblond suspended 5 games

By: Adam Gretz

Brendan Shanahan issued his first suspension in his new role as Senior Vice President of Player Safety by suspending Calgary Flames forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond for five games (four preseason games and one regular season game) for boarding Vancouver's Matt Clackson during the Canucks 4-3 win on Tuesday night.

Because Letourneau-Leblond was suspended back in October he is considered a repeat offender under the rules of the current CBA, while the suspension will cost him over $6,000 in salary.

Along with the announcement of the suspension, the NHL also released a video that features Shanahan, who is replacing Colin Campbell in charge of player discipline, breaking down the play frame-by-frame and explaining why it was against the rules and why the suspension is as long as iti is, which is something we're not used to seeing from the NHL (and I like it).

Letourneau-Leblond recieved only a minor penalty during the game.

Shanahan said in the video, which you can watch below, that Clackson had his back turned toward Leblond prior to the contact, and that he did not put himself in that position immediatly prior to the check, which meant Leblond had plenty of time to avoid the hit or minimize it.

And this from the NHL:
"Letourneau-Leblond took a direct route toward Clackson, hit him squarely from behind into the boards and drove through the check high and hard," Shanahan said. "Clackson's back was turned toward Letourneau-Leblond well before the contract, requiring that Letourneau-Leblond avoid or minimize the check completely. He did neither."
During Wednesday's action there were two other boarding calls that are sure to get at least a look from Shanahan and the league as Philadelphia's Jody Shelley was ejected from the Flyers game against Toronto. Detroit's Danny Cleary was also issued a five-minute major for boarding Pittsburgh's Philip Samuelsson in the third period of the Red Wings 3-2 loss to the Penguins, a play that both Cleary and his head coach, Mike Babcock, felt was a clean hit based on a video the NHL sent out earlier in the day showing examples of what are considered to be illegal (and legal) hits.

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Posted on: September 22, 2011 10:53 am
Edited on: September 26, 2011 7:33 pm

Shelley's hard hit on Boyce to test Shanahan

By Brian Stubits

It didn't take long for us to get a test case for new discipline chief Brendan Shanahan.

Last night in Philadelphia, Jody Shelley laid an ugly hit on the Maple Leafs' Darryl Boyce into the boards, receiving a major penalty, game misconduct and cut over his eye from a Jay Rosehill punch. See the play and ensuing fight for yourself.

This comes on the heels of Shanahan sending out changes to the boarding rules to all the teams. In particular, here is what it had to say that's in play here.

This season, a boarding penalty will be assessed to a player who checks or pushes a defenseless player in a manner that causes the player to have a potentially violent and/or dangerous impact with the boards. The word "pushes" was added to the rule and "defenseless" replaced the word "vulnerable."
The onus now is going to be on the player applying the check to ensure his opponent is not in a defenseless position. If he is, the player applying the hit must avoid or, at the very least, minimize the contact.

After the game Boyce talked about the hit, sporting a freshly broken nose.

“I think it was late for sure and my back was to the wall, so it definitely was not a clean hit,” Boyce said. “The game moves so fast out there that sometimes you think that it wasn’t late and it was clean. That’s just the speed of the game.”

Clearly Shelley is looking at some punishment from the league. The puck was long gone from Boyce's stick and the hit seems to fit the type of play the league is trying to rid to a T. Considering Shelley doesn't have the cleanest track record, I would expect to see Shelley sit out the remainder of the preseason, at least, and have to pay a fine.

In addition to being a perfect opportunity for Shanahan to show how serious he is about eradicating these hits from the game, it's an equally good chance to help clarify the rules. They have been changing so much in recent years that nobody really knows what it legal and what's not these days.

Your move, Shanny.

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Posted on: September 21, 2011 9:51 am
Edited on: September 21, 2011 11:53 am

Daily Skate: Realignment decision needed by Dec.

By Brian Stubits

PROGRESS IN MOVING: In addition to getting the OK to on changes to the net and a goal verification line yesterday, the Board of Governors also opened up the discussion on realignment for next season. In order to prepare the schedule, they will need to make a decision by December. "Obviously we have to make arrangements to move Winnipeg west, and we had an opportunity to explore the issues," Commissioner Gary Bettman told NHL.com. "No conclusions were reached, but it's something I'm hopeful we can resolve at the December meeting."

NOT SO SHARP GLASS: With Zdeno Chara's check of Max Pacioretty into the stanchion in Montreal as the impetus for change, the glass at the Bell Centre has a new look to it. Instead of the sharp, 90 degree angle it was at before, it instead is rounded off, hoping to avoid another ugly incident. (@habsinsideout1)

STARTING OVER: Things hardly went well for Sheldon Souray in Edmonton, flaming out at the end of his career with the Oilers. But this offseason saw him make his way to the Stars where he gets another chance. “It’s not about finding extra motivation to go out and prove other people wrong. It’s about proving myself right.” (Montreal Gazette)

SOCIAL STUDY: The reactions continue to come in from players about the new social media policy the NHL adopted earlier this month. Numerous players on the Predators don't have any problems with it, helping to prove it was more of just a formality than anything Earth-shattering. (Puck Scene)

IS REIMER READY? It's a fair question to ask. The Toronto Maple Leafs are handing the torch over to their young goaltender for the start of this season. Nicholas J. Cotsonika takes a look at whether or not James Reimer is the real deal in Toronto or not. (Yahoo)

NHL'S TRIBUTE: The NHL has put together a video tribute that is being played before some of the preseasgon games, paying homage to all of the former NHL players who died this summer, including Wade Belak, Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and all of those in the KHL plane crash. (On the Forecheck)

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Posted on: September 20, 2011 9:52 am
Edited on: September 20, 2011 12:08 pm

Daily Skate: Second Stars suitor; Sid's bodyguard

By Brian Stubits

INTEREST IN BIG D: The Stars sale is actually moving along, with the team agreeing last week to sell the team to Vancouver businessman Tom Gagliardi. Now, enter former Texas Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg and we might actually have a bidding war for the debt-ridden franchise on our hands. (Biz Journal)

SID'S BODYGUARD: There is a new enforcer in Pittsburgh, and he knows exactly what he is supposed to do. Steve MacIntyre, one of the game's most feared, says "My job is to make sure [Sidney Crosby's] transition back to hockey goes smoothly." (Pittsburgh Tribune- Review)

BROTHERLY LOVE: Rangers defenseman Marc Staal is struggling with post-concussion symptoms and is sitting out the first three preseason games for precautionary reasons. He seems to be OK, but that isn't helping the man who caused the concussion, his own brother Eric Staal with the Hurricanes, to feel better. (News Observer)

PLAYING THE GOAT: Todd Bertuzzi has a new role this season with the Red Wings, dropping down to the more defensive-minded third line. There he joins Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader, resulting in one of the better line names: the Two Kids and a Goat line. For Bertuzzi, it's a whole new world. (Detroit Free Press)

SOPHOMORE STEP UP: In the playoffs, the Bruins had to turn to rookie Tyler Seguin in the playoffs after Nathan Horton's injury sidelined him. The former No. 2 pick responded immediately but then went quiet. After an offseason of heavy work, the B's might be ready to count on Seguin more. (Boston Herald)

SUPER HUBER: The Florida Panthers' No. 3 pick in this summer's draft isn't likely to make the team as a rookie. But he's doing all he can to make the roster instead of going back to the junior level, scoring a goal and an assist in the Panthers' doubleheader game against the Predators on Monday. (Sun- Sentinel)

READY FOR MORE: Shea Weber took the role of captain last season and the Predators went further than they ever have before in the postseason. Now, armed with a huge new contract for this season, he's excited about Year 2 wearing the C having learned a lot already. (Hockey Night in Nashville)

HOCKEY CRAZE: Throw this under less-than surprising tid-bits: sports fans in Toronto chose the Maple Leafs' first preseason game over one of the Blue Jays' final home games of the season. More than 18,000 showed up to see the Leafs while just over 11,000 were on hand to see the Jays. (The Canadian Press)

CAPS GM DEFENDS SEMIN: Washington Capitals general manager took his chance to defend forward Alexander Semin after he took heat this summer from former teammate Matt Bradley, saying Semin is just a quiet kid and Bradley regrets having said it. You can watch the whole interview on NHL Live! below.

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Posted on: September 19, 2011 8:24 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2011 8:28 pm

Video: Phaneuf, Cowen drop gloves after hit

By: Adam Gretz

The NHL preseason schedule opened on Monday and one of the first games featued the Battle of Ontario with Maple Leafs and Senators facing off in Toronto, and even though it doesn't count in the standings there was still some bad blood early. Just five minutes into the first period Maple Leafs denseman Dion Phaneuf drilled Ottawa's Tim Conboy along the boards, resulting in Jared Cowen coming over and challenging Phaneuf to drop the gloves.

When the dust settled Phanuef was given a two-minute minor for elbowing, while Cowen picked up an instigator penalty and also received a 10-minute misconduct. Both players also received five-minute fighting majors.

Cowen, a six-foot-five, 220-pound defenseman was the Senators' first-round pick from 2009 and is fighting for a roster spot after spending last year in the Western Hockey League with the Spokane Chiefs, scoring 18 goals to go with 30 assists in 58 games.

Here's the video of the entire sequence, via Hockeyfights.com:

After serving all of his penalty time, Cowen returned to the game and scored a goal midway through the second period, tying the game at one. Toronto's Carl Gunnarsson answered just a little over four minutes later to put Toronto back on top.

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