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In terms of who would be nominated for Rookie of the Year it was never really a debate. Leafs’ Auston Matthews, Jet’s Patrik Laine, and Blue Jacket’s Zach Werenski are up for it. The consesnus for the majority of the whole season was that it would be those three. Some thought that goaltender Matt Murray should be considered after finishing 12th in the league in Sv% at .923. Others thought that fellow Leaf rookies Mitch Marner or William Nylander should’ve had a look after finishing top 5 in rookie scoring. The bottom line is, Matthews had 69 points and destroyed Leafs rookie records this season. Laine established himself this season as a lethal goal scorer with 36 goals. Even though Werenski didn’t put up as many points, he averaged 20 mins/game as a rookie. So, who will win it?
Tongue is completely in the cheek here, but what are the odds? Paul Hamilton reports that Jack Eichel wont resign as long as Dan Bylsma is still the head coach. Eichel and his agent Benigni then deny said comments. And then the next day, the Buffalo Sabres announce that both coach Dan Bylsma and GM Tim Murray will be relieved of their duties. The optics of this decision is terrible as, it looks like Eichel had say in this. Bylsma was originally hired by the team in the 2015 offseason after losing out on the Babcock sweepstakes. However, it’s hard to hang the failure of the team completely at his feet. Four years into the rebuild, and Tim Murray still hasn’t been able to turn the team around. With some solid options out there, it’ll be interesting to see who’s next to hold the power in Buffalo.
The Wideman Case
January 27th 2016. The beginning of one of the most looked into controversies in the NHL. During a game against the Nashville Predators, Calgary Flames Defencemen laid out Linesman Don Hendersen. Wideman was initially handed a 20 game suspension for the hit, but an independent arbitrator reduced it to 10. The former NHL Linesman is suing Wideman and the team $10.2 million after the injuries he received from the hit. Some of these injuries to name a few include: concussion, neck, and depression. The lawsuit total is based on $250, 000 in damages along with the large $10 million in future earnings. That makes sense because although being 49, he still had years ahead of him to continue to officiate games. An arbitrator can reduce a suspension, but it wont help too much in court.