Tag:Adam McQuaid
Posted on: December 30, 2011 9:54 am

Raffi Torres elbows Jan Hejda in the head

By Brian Stubits

Right now it just seems like Coyotes forward Raffi Torres is testing Brendan Shanahan, seeing how far he can go. He probably has found how far is too far.

On Wednesday night, Torres was caught laying a hit high on Andrew Ference of the Boston Bruins (watch it here). It drew the ire of Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid who then laid a pretty good beating on Torres. But Shanahan didn't.

Then came Thursday night's game against the Colorado Avalanche and another questionable hit from Torres. That's when he skates by the crease and chicken-winged the Avs' Jan Hejda with an elbow to the head after Hejda passed the puck up ice. There was no penalty on the play for Torres.

At least from the angle we are given, it seems as clear as crystal that the principle point of contact on this hit was the head of Hejda. Moreover, it was very unnecessary and behind the play. It would have been a very avoidable hit if Torres had decided as much.

I'll be very surprised and honestly a little disappointed if Torres goes unpunished for this hit. It might not have been bad, but it could have been. You should punish the intent not the result. The illustrative point of suspending Torres for this is almost necessary because to me it sure looks like a textbook example of the play they want gone. You just can't throw an elbow to a guy's head any more.

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Posted on: December 15, 2011 3:48 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2011 5:48 pm

Bruins' McQuaid avoids suspension for kneeing

By Brian Stubits

Adam McQuaid of the Boston Bruins was given a five-minute major and game misconduct in the Bruins' win in Ottawa on Wednesday for kneeing Nick Foligno.

Immediately people wondered what sort of additional punishment McQuaid Would face for the hit. It had to be coming from Brendan Shanahan, right? The hit sure looked pretty similar to Kevin Porter's kneeing of David Booth, which earned Porter a four-game suspension.

Well McQuaid won't be suspended, but it was announced by the NHL on Thursday that he has been fined $2,500.

After the game, McQuaid wanted it known that it wasn't intentional and he's a clean player (from CSN New England).

“If I could take it back, I definitely would,” said McQuaid, who blocked a pair of shots and registered three hits in. “It was one of those things where you go, ‘Oh, crap’, right after it happened.

"The penalty was deserved. That’s not me at all. I think that’s actually my first major penalty in my career outside of the fighting calls, and I don’t plan on getting any more.”

Foligno, who wasn't badly injured from the hit and did return to the game, stood up for McQuaid after the game. The two have a history with each other stretching back to their days in juniors.

"He was just trying to slow down my progress. It was a hockey play and I don't think there was any attempt to injure," Foligno said. "I've known Quaider a long time and I know he's not that type of player."

I must say, I'm surprised at the ruling. Even with a contrite McQuaid and an uninjured Foligno, I thought this would warrant something from Shanahan. I didn't expect it to be as tough as the suspension Porter received, but I thought it would be at least one game for McQuaid. It was a bad play.

I find judging the intent of the players to be a very tough and horribly mitigating factor. While I would tend to agree that McQuaid didn't intend to injure Foligno, I also don't think most all of the bad hits that are delivered are done with the intent to injure. Most of the players I have spoken to about this all talk about respect they have for their fellow players and they never want to see a guy go down injured.

People are punished all the time for the results of their actions and not their intent. When a person who has too much to drink gets behind the wheel and causes an accident, they will face the consequences of driving drunk even though their intention was likely just to get to where they were going.

I'll turn it over to you. Was this the right call or not?

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Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:01 am
Edited on: October 31, 2011 1:42 am

Eye on Hockey Halloween costume contest

By Brian Stubits

Hockey season might be in full swing, but that's no excuse for players not to go out to costume parties sporting their best Halloween outfits.

Considering it is Halloween and all, we figured we would have our own hockey costume contest here at Eye On Hockey. Make your vote and may be the best costume win.

Oh, before we begin, let me just say this is the greatness of Twitter. For those athletes daring enough to share, we get to see things like this which hardly ever saw the light of day before.

First we have Twitter sensation Paul Bissonnette of the Phoenix Coyotes. He is sporting his Hacksaw Jim Duggan outfit with his date dressed as Pocahontas, I believe.


My take: Kudos for being daring enough to wear that out. It's a solid start and the post makes it better.

Next up on the list is Bissonnette's teammate in Phoenix, Ray Whitney rocking toy soldier outfits with his wife.

Be all that you can be!

My take: This could be a contender here. The costumes are great for starters. But the real kicker is the pose. Whitney's wife has that solider position perfect. You remember that soldier, you always put it on the highest elevation possible.

Third in line is Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin. Geno is going with the tried and true costume of the hairy pimp.

Big pimpin', spending Gs.

My take: As I said, a tried and true costume here. I love how both the wig and the mustache are leaning to the side and the sunglasses are a nice touch.

Fourth up is Carolina Hurricanes forward Anthony Stewart as the one and only Chubbs Peterson from Happy Gilmore.

It's all in the hips. It's all in the hips. It's all in the hips.

My take: At the risk of contaminating the voting public, this is my favorite. Stewart nailed Chubbs from the wooden hand to the outfit and even the alligator's eye in the glass container. Chubbs would be proud.

The fifth contestant is Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler as Sylvester the Cat. At least I'm left to assume it's him considering he tweeted it out.

Sufferin' Succotash!

My take: I have to think this one will be on the outside looking in partly based on the photo itself. But at least Kesler didn't go in the same costume as his ESPN the Magazine shoot.

Next up we have recently retired player and former Dallas Stars star Mike Modano trying out an LMFAO costume. You know, the guys who brought you the Body Rock.

Wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle! Wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle!

My take: I don't know if Modano actually wore this out of the house or not, he tweeted this out a few days before Halloween as a potential costume. But if he was willing to send it out, it counts. Daring is all I'll say. Oh, and please don't wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle.

Last up in the contest we present to you the Boston Bruins. Now we already covered this one, but figured it deserved a shot here. For voting purposes, let's just stick with Zdeno Chara in the bunny suit.

"You look like a deranged Easter bunny. He looks like a pink nightmare!"

My take: The homemade touch is great, gives it an authentic feel. But I think this one scared too many people to get enough votes to win.

For the record, Raffi Torres of the Coyotes also dressed up, electing to go with the blackface and dressing up as Jay-Z with his wife as Beyonce. As you might expect, that's drawing a whole lot of criticism for Torres.

Photos: Thanks Twitter!

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Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:18 am
Edited on: October 26, 2011 11:42 am

Bruins dress up for children's hospital visit

By Brian Stubits

Four Boston Bruins players took some time out of their busy schedules to visit a local children's hospitals dressed in Halloween costumes to spread some cheer and laughter. And it worked, both inside and outside of the hospital.

Adam McQuaid (Fred Flintstone), Jordan Caron (the crayon), Brad Marchand (I'm assuming he's playing off Marchand by being a member of a marching band) and Zdeno Chara (big, pink bunny) all were there. The one that's drawing the most attention -- as I'm sure you guessed -- is Chara and his bunny suit. It looks like something my mother would have thrown together on Oct. 30 with the sewing machine and whatever she could find around the house (love ya ma!). Just, you know, for somebody much, much taller.

For those that aren't laughing, they might be crying. A near seven-foot monstrosity in a bunny suit with long, thin ears pointing straight out to the side? I can see how it's creepy.

"You look like a deranged Easter bunny. He looks like a pink nightmare!"

Which brings me to the image in my head of Ralphie reluctantly drudging down the stairs on Christmas morning in his new pajama suit from Aunt Claire in a Christmas Story. The only thing I can't tell is if Chara actually has the bunny slippers and cottontail. If so, it's a costume win.

Of course, it's a win no matter how they go. While people are having fun with the pictures from the hospital trip, it's all under the context of these players making a visit to a hospital.

The players deserve not only kudos for making the visit in the first place, but also for throwing humility out the window and going all out. (And props to Marchand for the marching band member, very clever.)

Photo: NESN.com/Phil Pesce

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Posted on: October 10, 2011 9:48 am
Edited on: October 10, 2011 9:50 am

Daily Skate: Bettman on Oilers arena talks

By: Adam Gretz

OilersBETTMAN ON Oilers ARENA Gary Bettman has invited Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel and Oilers owner Daryl Katz to his New York office to discuss the ongoing talks for a new building, mainly because he's a bit concerned with the progress, especially with an Oct. 31 deadline on land purchase. Said Bettman, via the Edmonton Journal, "I invited them in because I'm concerned that the framework for a deal hasn't been agreed upon and isn't there yet. Since time is now of the essence, I want to see if I can be helpful in getting the parties to speak the same language."

C.J. George, a 12-year-old that is currently in full remission from Lymphoma Blood Cancer, gave the Florida Panthers a pep talk following their Thursday practice. Said George, from Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel: "I told them to keep their eye on the goal and even if they get frustrated and don't want to go to practice like I didn't want to go to another doctor's appointment you have to push through."

CARLYLE DOESN'T MIND PERRY FIGHTING Most coaches don't want to see their top goal-scorers dropping the gloves. Carolina Panthers coach Paul Maurice, for example, said Jeff Skinner's preseason bout was the last one he wanted to see this year. Randy Carlyle, head coach of the Anaheim Ducks, on the other hand has no issue with Corey Perry, the NHL's leading goal-scorer last season, taking part in the rough stuff after his minor confrontation with New York Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky. Said Carlyle: “I see nothing wrong with two guys at the same level if they chose to drop the gloves.When there’s a mismatch as far as the level of player…Dubinsky’s a pretty good player, and so is Corey Perry. If it’s a different level of player fighting a more skilled player then I look at it differently.”

THE STANLEY CUP MADE A VISIT TO THE PATRIOTS GAME Finally, several members of the Boston Bruins -- as well as the Stanley Cup -- made a visit to Sunday's Patriots-Jets game, which the Patriots won 30-21. Gregory Campbell, Brad Marchand and Adam McQuaid didn't seem to have the best seats.


Photo: Bruins Twitter

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Posted on: July 14, 2011 5:41 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 5:56 pm

Adam McQuaid signs 3-year extension with Bruins

By: Adam Gretz

The last time Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid had his name in the news he was taking part in a dragon boat race with Kate Middleton, which came just weeks after he lifted the Stanley Cup. Not a bad start to the summer, and it ended up getting a little better on Thursday when he signed a three-year contract extension through the 2014-15 season.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the 24-year-old defenseman made $550,000 last season and is set to make $600,000 this upcoming season.

Originally a second-round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets, McQuaid has spent the past two seasons with Boston, appearing in 86 games and scoring four goals. He played in 23 of Boston's 25 postseason games on its way to the Stanley Cup, only sitting out when he was injured after flying head first into the boards when attempting to take a run at Philadelphia's Mike Richards.

At 6-foot-5, 205 pounds he can be an intimidating figure on the blue line and is more than willing to drop the gloves. According to hockeyfights.com he was involved in 12 fights last season, and usually ended up getting the better of his opponent.

With McQuaid signed for another four years (next season, plus the three years on the contract extension) Boston now has four members of its blueline under contract for at least the next two seasons: McQuaid, Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg and Andrew Ference.

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Posted on: July 5, 2011 12:55 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2011 2:46 pm

Bruins' McQuaid, Kate Middleton lose boat race

By: Adam Gretz

Three weeks ago Adam McQuaid was lifting the Stanley Cup as a member of the Boston Bruins team that ended its 39-year championship drought. On Monday, his offseason took on a slightly different twist when he found himself taking part in a dragon boat race on Prince Edward Island with none other than Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton. Celebratory drinks from hockey's ultimate prize and boat races with royalty less than a month apart? Yes, the life of a professional hockey player does tend to be a good one (and perhaps even a little bizarre).

If you're unfamiliar with the concept of a dragon boat race, they basically involve two lenghty boats, typically with decorative dragons on the front, filled with teams of people vigorously rowing in an effort to cross the finish line first.

According to the Guardian, McQuaid, a defenseman that logged over 13 minutes of ice-time per game with the Bruins during the playoffs, was positioned near the middle of Kate's boat, which is the one that came out on the losing end, trailing Prince William's team. McQuaid didn't seem particularly bothered by the result and was apparently quite pleased to simply be on Kate's team, telling the Guardian, "Even though I lost the race, some people might argue I won because I got to be in her boat.''

It's difficult to argue with that.

Here's video of the race, via the Bruins Blog...

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