Posts Tagged ‘2019 NHL Season’

Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson has been handed a two-game suspension for interference and unsportsmanlike conduct on Vancouver Canucks forward Elias Pettersson, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced Monday.

The play occurred in Saturday’s contest between the Panthers and Canucks. Matheson wasn’t penalized following the incident.

On Monday, the Canucks confirmed that Pettersson has entered concussion protocol. A report later indicated that he could miss a minimum of seven-to-10 days.

Matheson is eligible to return Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings.

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Nazem Kadri says the Toronto Maple Leafs will use Lars Eller‘s remarks about them as motivation going forward.

“Bulletin board material,” Kadri said Monday when asked about Eller’s postgame assessment following a 4-2 victory by Toronto over the Washington Capitals on Saturday, according to NHL.com’s Dave McCarthy.

“I don’t know how he can be serious with that comment,” the Leafs center added. “I understand they’re coming off hanging a (championship) banner, but you’ve got to give teams respect that have earned it, and I certainly think we’ve earned it.”

Eller told reporters Saturday night that he wouldn’t put the Leafs on the same level as the Pittsburgh Penguins, and then elaborated on that.

“Nothing special, really. We’re used to playing against (Sidney) Crosby and (Evgeni) Malkin. Everything kind of drops from there, so it’s not that special, to be honest. It’s a good team, like a lot of others. They’ll probably be a (playoff) team, I’d think.”

The Leafs and Capitals will meet again Jan. 23 in Toronto.

Drew Doughty famously negotiated his eight-year, $88-million extension with the Los Angeles Kings in the offseason without the help of an agent, and he apparently picked a solid tactic to land a deal to his liking.

Last offseason, the London, Ontario native admitted his interest in signing with the nearby Maple Leafs. But ahead of Monday’s contest against Toronto, the former Norris Trophy winner admitted it was mainly a ploy to get the Kings to pay up.

“I was an L.A. Kings fan since I was a little kid, and I’ve always wanted to be here. I wanted to show my loyalty to the club and try to stay here forever,” Doughty told reporters, per Sportsnet. “I kind of always knew I was going to stay here, but I just said that (Leafs) stuff in the media just to kind of make sure (the Kings) didn’t try to screw me.”

He added: “I obviously considered (signing with Toronto), but it wasn’t like a serious consideration. I had to wait a whole another year – this whole season – before any of that stuff could start happening.

The 28-year-old defenseman and two-time Stanley Cup champion is one of the game’s top blue-liners and would have commanded significant interest had he reached free agency.

Mike Gillis spent six years at the helm of the Vancouver Canucks. Now, the former general manager hopes his next assignment is guiding another Pacific Northwest franchise.

Speaking with TSN 1040 on Wednesday, Gillis expressed interest in becoming the first GM in Seattle – should the city’s NHL expansion bid be granted.

“If they flattered me enough by asking if I was interested, I’d be most definitely interested,” Gillis told TSN 1040, per Harrison Mooney of the Province. “I’m hopeful to have a discussion with them.”

Gillis, who was dismissed by the Canucks in 2014, has since spent two seasons as a director with Geneve-Servette of the Swiss National League.

During his stint in Vancouver, Gillis’ squads captured five division titles while also setting franchise highs in wins and points. It culminated with a trip to Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.

As for Seattle, the city could officially be awarded a franchise at December’s board of governors meeting.

Former Dallas Stars and Arizona Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett, who is an advisor to Seattle’s hopeful ownership group, has indicated the GM search will begin in the spring.

“(The) general manager I think is somebody who has done that job at the NHL level before,” Tippett said in September. “I really think that’s important in an expansion team.”

Travis Green wasn’t pleased with what Mike Matheson did to Elias Pettersson on Saturday night.

“It’s a dirty play,” the Vancouver Canucks head coach told reporters postgame. “The league’s trying to protect the good, young players, and that’s just a dirty play.”

The Florida Panthers defenseman hit Pettersson into the boards and slammed him to the ice early in the third period of a game the Canucks won 3-2.

Green didn’t update Pettersson’s condition, and he didn’t want to address the possibility of payback.

“We won the game. I’m not going to comment on retribution or anything like that,” he said.

Canucks forward Sven Baertschi weighed in on the hit too, saying it “looked like WWE to me,” according to Sportsnet’s Iain MacIntyre.

Pettersson played only two shifts in the third frame, and he didn’t appear on the ice for the final 16 minutes.

Earlier in the game, he scored his fifth goal in five NHL games.

Vancouver Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini is not exactly pleased with some of the recent decisions the team’s front office has made.

Canucks general manager Jim Benning signed forward Sam Gagner to a three-year, $9.45-million contract on July 1, 2017, on the heels of a career-high 50-point season. However, Gagner was cut by the Canucks at the end of training camp this year and is currently on loan with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies.

Gagner is owed $3.5 million in base salary this year, and $3.2 million next season, regardless of whether he’s playing in the NHL or the AHL. Deciding to leave him off the team’s 23-man roster led to an uncomfortable phone call between Benning and his boss.

“It was a hard conversation,” Benning told Sportsnet’s Iain MacIntyre. “I tried to explain to him that we had signed Sam but we felt younger players had outperformed him at camp. I was talking about (Nikolay) Goldobin, mostly. We had to make a hard decision on that, and it was hard to have to call him up and explain it. But at the end of the conversation he understood. That was the hardest call I’ve had to make to him.”

Aquilini was rather candid with his reaction to the surprising news.

“When they made that decision to put Sam in the minors, when they told me, I wasn’t happy about it,” Aquilini said. “I mean, it’s $3 million (per season). It’s crazy, but that’s what was necessary.”

Gagner, 29, tallied 31 points in 74 games with the Canucks last season.

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray has been diagnosed with a concussion, the team announced Tuesday.

Murray suffered the injury during practice on Monday and there is no timeline for his return, head coach Mike Sullivan said.

The goaltender suffered a concussion in practice last February, which forced him to miss nine games.

He has played the entirety of the Penguins’ first two games this season, going 1-1-0 while conceding 11 goals on 65 shots.