The NHL season started on Wednesday with two games, followed by 12 games on Thursday and one game on Friday. Today, all 30 teams are in action but a number of games begin at 7pm ET/4pm PT. Oh, to have 10 TV's stacked up together, each showing a different game....
We also talked about:
- The Denver Post suspending Avalanche writer Adrian Dater for two weeks without pay, following Dater's pretty heated rant about LA Kings d-man Braydon McNabb's hit on Av's prospect Joey Hishon BACK IN 2011. Things quickly went from bad to worse, as Dater took on everyone who disagreed with either his opinion or his choice of language. The Denver Post said it suspended him over "inappropriate" language. (You can say THAT again).
- Adirondack Flames' forward Trevor Gillies' attack on Rochester Americans' rookie William Carrier during last night's game. It's one thing to lay a big hit, It's something completely different to knock a guy down then BASH HIS FACE INTO THE ICE. Gillies racked up 27 penalty minutes and was automatically suspended for tonight's game. I don't think that goes far enough. Cassie and I both agree - THAT kind of play should result in automatic EXPULSION from the league. Gillies has been around long enough to know better. Hell, a 12 year old should know better.
- Former (current?) Flyers star Chris Pronger joining the NHL's Department of Player Safety. We both have opinions about this, but we both agree it's a pretty shrewd (smart?) move on the NHL's part to hire someone who has lots of experience on the receiving end of consequences for questionable plays (bad choices?). We'll see how that turns out.
- Speaking of questionable plays, one of our favorite d-men, Lightning (former Silvertips) d-man Radko Gudas laid a big one on Scottie Upshall during Thursday's TBL vs. FLA game. So far, Radko has receive a warning but no penalty and no follow-up discipline for the hit. You can watch and judge for yourself.
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We're excited to be back on the air and have lots of fun stuff planned this season, as well as some very special guests. We also plan to have a writer for every NHL (and other hockey league) team join us this season. Let's see how much success we have with that.
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