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Posted on: September 24, 2011 12:05 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2011 7:31 pm
 

Wisniewski, Staubitz suspended indefinitely

By: Adam Gretz

Brendan Shanahan is enterting his new role in charge of discipline with a bang. After handing out two suspensions -- that combined for 15 games -- on Thursday, Shanahan announced two more suspensions on Saturday morning, suspending Columbus' James Wisniewski and Minnesota's Brad Staubitz indefinitely pending a hearing with the league.

Both incidents occurred at different times during their exhibition game on Friday night, which Minnesota won 4-3 in overtime on a goal from Dany Heatley.

Staubitz received a five-minute major for checking from behind -- along with a game misconduct -- at the 4:24 mark of the third period, while Wisniewski was penalized for an illegal hit to the head on Minnesota's Cal Clutterbuck late in the third period.

Wisniewski was acquired by the Blue Jackets this summer after a career-year in 2010-11 that he split with the Islanders and Canadiens, and signed a six-year, $33 million deal.

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Posted on: March 4, 2011 3:40 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2011 3:56 pm
 

Surprise: Trevor Gillies gets 10-game suspension

New York Islanders enforcer Trevor Gillies was suspended 10 games for a headshot delivered to Minnesota Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck, the NHL announced Friday afternoon. 

“By targeting his opponent's head, three shifts into his first game back from a suspension for a very similar action, Mr. Gillies has forfeited his privilege of playing in the League for 10 games,” said Colin Campbell, the NHL's senior executive vice president of hockey operations, in a statement. “While it is fortunate there was no injury on the play, there can be no justification for a player delivering a dangerous check to an opponent in this manner."

The incident occurred Wednesday in Gillies' first game back from a nine-game suspension for a blindside hit to the head of Pittsburgh's Eric Tangradi on Feb. 11. Unlike Tangradi who had to be helped off the ice, Clutterbuck remained in the gamne. 

Either way, Gillies was considered a repeat offender by the league. 

Gillies met with NHL officials in Toronto on Friday, a sign that he was in store for a lengthy penalty. In the 33 games that he has played in this season, the 32-year-old winger has 124 penalty minutes and one point. As New York Times SlapShot blogger Chris Botta points out, Gillies has played less than four minutes over his last two games and has been suspended a total of 19 games. 

Gillies will forfeit it $60,975.60 in salary and will be eligible to return March 26 for a game against the Flyers

With players like Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby on the shelf for long periods of time with concussion-like symptoms and the revelation this week that late NHL enforcer Bob Probert had signs of a degenerative brain disorder, a double-digit suspension was likely an easy call for the NHL.

Posted on: March 4, 2011 2:51 am
Edited on: March 4, 2011 3:10 am
 

Morning skate: Is this finally San Jose's year?



The San Jose Sharks, winners of the Western Conference the last two seasons, didn't look like they'd contend for much more than a low playoff seed, if that, just a few weeks back. 

Then Antti Niemi, the goalie the Sharks acquired from the Stanley Cup champ Chicago Blackhawks last offseason, took over. The Sharks have won 17 of the last 20 games -- all with Niemi in net -- including Thursday's 3-1 victory over Detroit Red Wings at HP Pavilion. Niemi (above) made 26 saves in his latest win.

The Sharks have won eight in a row, are tops in the Pacific Division and now sit three points behind the Red Wings in the Western Conference. (Here's a look at our playoff tracker.) 

The Sharks have integrated defensemen Ben Eager (acquired in from the Atlanta in January) and Ian White (acquired from Carolina last month) and are relatively healthy, minus defenseman Dan Boyle (upper-body injury) and goalie Antero Niittymaki (groin). Both are expected to return soon. The taht has a solid stable of forwards -- including Dany Heatley, who had a two-goal effort on Thursday -- and a capable defense. 

For a team that was a trendy pick for the few seasons to win it all, could this be the season where the Sharks advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history? Maybe even win it all?

Or, are the Sharks just teasing us again?


A PLEA IN PHOENIX: After about two years, the Phoenix Coyotes ownership saga could be coming to an end. That's if a citizen watchdog group drops it objections over how the City of Glendale is helping finance the transaction via a sale to of $116 million in bonds. FOXSportsArizona.com's Matt Swartz reports the Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs and Greater Phoenix Economic Council leader Barry Broome spoke at a news conference on Thursday where they urged the Goldwater Institute not to follow through their threat of a lawsuit, which could prevent investor Matthew Hulsizer from taking over the team. Hulsizer said he intends to keep the team at Jobing.com Arena, although any more delays ups the chances that the league-controlled franchise that once called Winnipeg home could be headed back north of the border. 

GILLIES HEARING TODAY: New York Islanders enforcer Trevor Gillies is scheduled to meet with NHL officials in Toronto this afternoon to discuss Wednesday's blindside hit of Cal Clutterbuck of the Minnesota Wild. (Link to hit here.) TSN.ca reports that such in-person meetings usually mean a suspension of five or more games is on the horizon. Gillies had just returned from a nine-game suspension for a blow to the head delivered to Pittsburgh's Eric Tangradi on Feb. 11. Because of that, Gillies will be treated as a repeat offender. 

LINE CHANGES: Jason Arnott has acclimated himself pretty well in Washington. His slapshot late in the third period led the Capitals past the visiting St. Louis Blues, 3-2. That makes it one game-winning goal and a primary assist on a game-tying tally in Tuesday's victory over the Islanders since he arrived from New Jersey. . . . Philadelphia forward Kris Versteeg scored twice against his former club, but the Maples Leafs rookie goalie James Reimer made a key glove save in the closing seconds to preserve a 3-2 victory. The Leafs, who dealt Versteeg before the deadline for a first-and third-round picks, moved two within three points of eighth place in the East. . . .  The Buffalo Sabers, unable to score on a power play late in regulation, failed in thier bid to move into eighth place in the East, as Carolina won, 3-2, in OT. 
Photo: US Presswire

Posted on: March 3, 2011 8:33 am
 

Bob Probert's worries proved justified




























It was Bob Probert’s heart, not his brain, that struck down the former NHL enforcer at age 45 last July. 

Probert, however, knew the 16 seasons of pounding he absorbed as one of the league’s foremost pugilists as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings had taken a toll. Before he died of a massive heart attack, Probert asked family members to forward his brain to researchers known best for studying concussions in football players. 
Probert’s suspicions proved correct, according Thursday's The New York Times
After examining Probert’s brain tissue, researchers at Boston University said this week that they found the same degenerative disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, whose presence in more than 20 deceased professional football players has prompted the National Football League to change some rules and policies in an effort to limit dangerous head impacts.


Researchers at Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy previously found CTE in Reggie Fleming, a former NHL enforcer who died in 2009 at 73.  
“How much is the hockey and how much is the fighting, we don’t really know,” said Dr. Robert Cantu, co-director of the Boston University center and a prominent neurosurgeon in the area of head trauma in sports. “We haven’t definitely established that the skills of hockey as a sport lead to a certain percentage of participants developing CTE. But it can happen to hockey players, and while they’re still relatively young.”


Don Fehr, the executive director of the NHL Players’ Association, told the newspaper the revelation that Probert had signs of CTE “raises concerns and it bears serious examination” of the sport's safety. 

Hits to the head -- from blindside collisions more than fighting -- have been an issue the league has attempted to remedy over the last couple seasons. The league and the NHLPA agreed to add Rule 48 that made such hits illegal late last regular season and the rule was toughened in the offseason to include in-game penalties, like the major penalty and game misconduct given to New York Islanders enforcer Trevor Gillies on Wednesday night for his hit on Minnesota Cal Clutterbuck

The league’s most famous player , Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, has not played since Jan. 5 as he battles concussion-like symptoms. Pens coach Dan Bylsma told reporters Crosby’s return could take another month or he may not return until the summer. 

Like the NFL, there are no easy answers for a tough-guy sport like hockey. More penalties could help, but Gillies was coming off a nine-game suspension on Wednesday for the exact same kind of hit. 

Softer pads, better helmets and more respect wouldn’t hurt either. 

Photo: Getty Images
Posted on: March 3, 2011 1:42 am
Edited on: March 3, 2011 2:08 am
 

Morning skate: Flames lose game, maybe Morrison



The Calgary Flames may have lost more than a crucial couple points when they fell to the Chicago Blackhawks, 6-4, at the United Center on Wednesday. 

First-line center Brendan Morrison skated gingerly off the ice in the third period and did not return. NHL.com’s Dan Rosen reports that Flames coach Brent Sutter didn’t specify or how bad it might be. 

The victory by the Blackhawks -- their season-best sixth in a row -- moved the defendding Stanley Cup champs to fourth in the West.

Nine of the 10 teams in action Wednesday have at least a fathomable  shot at the postseason and the only one that didn't (the New York Islanders) played the role of spoilers. Here’s our playoff race tracker

GILLIES WASTES NO TIME: In his first game back from a nine-game suspension, New York Islanders forward Trevor Gillies went a little more than a period before he repeated the offense. Gillies blindsided Minnesota Wild winger Cal Clutterbuck, whose head hit the glass after the collision. (Clutterbuck had just hit Islanders rookie Justin DiBenedetto, which drew a penalty as well.) Gillies was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct. Clutterbuck got back up and was in the lineup as the Wild fell, 4-1. Chris Botta of The New York Time’s Slap Shot blog gives a full rundown with video

PARISE ON THE MEND: New Jersey Devils winger Zach Parise was cleared to skate on Wednesday, three months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. “He can begin skating lightly immediately,” Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said in a story on the team’s website. Parise has been out 51 games since hurting his knee Oct. 30. Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger reports that Parise would need a minimum of two more weeks of rehab before he can practice with the team, although there’s still a decent chance he could return by the end of the season. New Jersey edged the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1, to keep the Devils’ slim playoffs hopes alive. 

LINE CHAGES: The Toronto Maple Leafs unlikely run for a playoff spot continued with a 3-2 OT victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Mikhail Grabovski scored 42 seconds into the extra frame as the Leafs moved to within two points of the Carolina Hurricanes, who tenuously hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.  .  . . Bobby Ryan’s goal via penalty shot in overtime hoisted the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Ryan was hauled down by Detroit defenseman Ruslan Salei just as he reached the net, resulting in the ref pointing to center ice. Here a link to the video
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