Julien: The Second Coming
Claude Julien, the Slim Shaddy of the NHL. In all honesty, I am surprised that Bergevin fired Therrien. The funny thing is, Bergevin is now starting to create a little reputation for himself. Last year at the draft, the Canadien’s GM said that he was not shopping P.K. Subban. A couple of weeks earlier when being asked about the team’s struggles, he ensured Therrien’s safety. He said this morning that he would not trade away future assets. At this point, I would not be surprised if Sergachev is packaged in a deal at the deadline. Claude Julien is now back behind the bench in Montreal. How interesting did that rivalry just get? A small part of me wants Boston to make the playoffs so I can see the intensity of that series. Now we’ll get to see what a Therrien-less Montreal team looks like.
“You can’t do that”
Hello ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the second instalment of: How Many Games? Today’s contestant is Antoine Vermette of the Anaheim Ducks. So how many games does he – what? It’s already been stated in the NHL rulebook? Rule 40.3 states that any intent to harm a referee warrants an automatic 10 game suspension (NHL 2017). I understand that he was frustrated due to face-off losses but still. Expect Vermette and possibly the entire team to get the Nazem Kadri treatment. Abusing officials is something the league wants to prevent at all cost. The Wideman incident in Calgary is still fresh in the minds of most referees. Although the rule is an automatic 10, I wouldn’t be surprised if Vermette got more than that. He could get 20 if they decide that the slash falls under Category I (striking an official to cause injury).
The verdict for Nyquist’s suspension is out. A whopping 6 games. Really? If I am the Minnesota Wild, I am disappointed by this decision. The league needs to stop handing out soft calls. Yes 6 games is a lot, but it isn’t enough. First of all, there is a blatant gesture using his stick as a weapon, and there is an intent to harm. This was the opportunity for the league to show all players that they will not tolerate anything like this ever again. What does it say to just give a player the minimum amount of games? This would be Nyquists’ first offence however, that is not an excuse to give him just the right amount of games. If this was Crosby or McDavid getting speared in the face is it only 6 games? Hopefully Nyquist learns from this experience as he got off easy.
Guess Who’s Back?
Coming off a huge win against the New York Islanders, the Leafs are back at it tonight. This isn’t just a normal game, at least not for Curtis McElhinney. Tonight, he gets the opportunity to show his former team what they’re missing. McElhinney has been the back-up that the Leafs have needed, providing quality starts in all appearances. Usually the Leafs are on the other side of the story. A former player comes in and lights them up leading to their team’s victory. Hopefully the Leafs get that tonight. With a win against the Blue Jackets, the Leafs will move into 2nd place in the Atlantic Division. The team will be looking at McElhinney to keep pucks out of the net and give them a chance to get the W.