Tag:Justin Abdelkader
Posted on: January 1, 2012 10:06 pm
Edited on: January 1, 2012 10:13 pm

Blues' Ian Cole suspended three games

By Brian Stubits

Brendan Shanahan began the New Year pretty much the same way he ended the last year: handing out suspensions.

On Sunday night the NHL announced it was suspending St. Louis Blues forward Ian Cole three games for his Saturday night hit on Justin Abdelkader of the Detroit Red Wings.

Here's the video of the hit and Shanahan's explanation.

The review on this one probably didn't take long for the league. It was very evident that the head was the principle point of contact on the play. Cole's shoulder connected square on the jaw of Abdelkader as he entered the offensive zone.

To illustrate how clear-cut of a call this was for him to make, Shanahan referred to this as a "quintessential" example of a bad hit. He went on to say that the hit might not have been intentional, it was reckless -- another word he used multiple times.

The good news is that Abdelkader didn't appear to sustain an injury on the hit. He was a bit wobbly immediately after but did return in the game. It could have easily been much worse.

Also, there was no punishment history to speak of with Cole, so three games is somewhat stiff, it shows how egregious Shanahan saw this hit to be.

I thought Shanahan might have missed on his final few tests of last year -- specifically the Tomas Kopecky/Michael Del Zotto incident as well as the Raffi Torres hit -- but he laid down a fair and just punishment in this case as far as I'm concerned.

More NHL Discipline News Here

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Posted on: October 1, 2011 9:47 am
Edited on: October 1, 2011 3:20 pm

Clarke MacArthur suspended 2 games

By: Adam Gretz

Clarke MacArthur will be the latest player to make an appearance in a Brendan Shanahan discipline video, earning a two-game regular season ban for his hit on Detroit's Justin Abdelkader on Friday night during Toronto's 4-3 overtime win.

MacArthur had a disciplinary hearing at noon on Saturday, and it was determined at that point that it was, in fact, an illegal hit to the head.

This is what has drawn the attention of the NHL:

It's definitely not the worst hit we've seen this preseason, but it also appears that Abdelkader's head was the principal of contact.

MacArthur won't return to the Toronto lineup until Oct. 15 when they the Calgary Flames. According to an NHL release he will have to forfeit just a little over $35,000 in salary as a result of the suspension..

In his first year with the Maple Leafs last season he had a career year, scoring 21 goals to go with 41 assists in 82 games.

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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: August 2, 2011 10:09 am

Daily Skate: Anti-military backlash for Jets logo

By Brian Stubits

WHAT'S IN A LOGO? Sure, there has been a lot of discussion about the Jets' new logo, but anger? Yes, that too. Some anti-war activists in Canada are very upset at the use of the old Canadian Air Force emblem to serve as the basis for the Jets logo. We are talking about the aesthetic appeal here, but the symbolic one. Here's an example: Tyler Shipley's take on the militarism of the logo. I just don't get it. It's a gesture of appreciation to honor the troops of the country, not an encouragement of war acts. I know I'm not the only one that thinks this anger is way off base. The team is named the Jets, so it would stand to reason the logo might feature, oh I don't know, a Jet! Moreover Winnipeg has a history with the air force, so it's appropriate. It isn't about approving of wars, it's about honoring the people that have sacrificed their lives in the name of their country. How can that be criticized?

MUELLER RETURNS: Out since suffering a concussion in early April of 2010, Avalanche winger Peter Mueller returned to the ice on Monday in Colorado. It's part of his long recovery that hopes to have him back by the start of training camp in September. Mueller had a very promising rookie season with the Coyotes in 2007-08 when he scored 22 goals with 32 assists, but has struggled to match those numbers since. But in his short stint with the Avs before the injury, he did have nine goals and 11 assists in just 15 games. Hopefully he is over his concussion symptoms and can find his groove again on the ice, the Avs could certainly use it.

ABDELKADER'S BUSY SUMMER: He has been to weddings, going back and forth between his Michigan home of Muskegon and Detroit, taking trips and having one flight with the famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels. Still, he managed to work in a little time volunteering at the Grand Rapids Griffins youth camp. Himself a former Griffins player, Abdelkader made it three consecutive years heading out to help teach the youngsters to skate, stick-handle and more. Sure beats a lot of other ways a guy could spend his summer.

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Posted on: July 15, 2011 10:50 am
Edited on: July 15, 2011 1:54 pm

Daily Skate: Crosby hits ice, Pronger delayed

By Brian Stubits

CROSBY HITS THE ICE: For the first time since April, Sidney Crosby has taken to the ice (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) for workouts as he continues toward his return from the concussion he sustained midway through last season. In April, as the Penguins were in playoff mode, Crosby was working out with the team, leading to speculation he might come back for the playoffs. He was soon shut down because of headaches, which were blamed on a sinus infection, not concussion symptoms. It's still just another small step in his recovery and doesn't guarantee he'll be ready for camp, but at this point it can only be taken as a positive for Pittsburgh.

PRONGER PROBLEMS: Speaking of rehabbing players and camp, Chris Pronger could miss the Flyers' training camp for the second consecutive year. Recovering from the removal of a herniated disc in his back, Pronger is still not able to up his own personal training beyond treadmill walking as he was directed to give his back 12 weeks to scar up and heal. Hopefully it's not an omen for a repeat of last year, when Pronger played just 50 games, his lowest total since 2002-03.

MR. POPULAR'S PENGUINS: Pennsylvania is Steelers country, right? Well yes, it still is, but not among the youth. While the Steelers remain the state's most popular team, including the teams across the state in Philly. But the Penguins lead all teams in the coveted demographic of fans between 18 and 29 years old. Among that demographic, the Penguins received 27 percent of the vote, with the Steelers second at 22 percent. Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review points out that the Penguins were on the brain at the time of the survey as it was in the middle of Jagr Watch. No matter, it's quite a feather in the Pens' cap to beat out the Steelers, Phillies and Eagles in the young demographic.

THEY COULD BE CONTENDERS: At the Florida Panthers' developmental camp, the team received a visit and motivational speech from Micky Ward (Sun-Sentinel) or the man the movie The Fighter was based on. His story certainly stuck with some of the young Panthers prospects like 2011 draft pick Logan Shaw: "Everyone's going to have low points in their career like he did, retiring for two-and-a-half years. He did it for himself, that's why he came back. That's how we all made it here, believing in ourselves and that's going make us have a successful career."

LET YOUR WINGS FLY: Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader is going to get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take to the air with the famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels (Detroit Free Press). The former Mr. Hockey in Michigan will join the Blue Angels in a special showing in Ypsilanti where he will experience the tumbles, twirls, rolls and near-Mach 1 speeds of the Jets. The Blue Angels are in town for an air show next weekend.

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