Crashing The Crease is SenShot’s daily look around the league at some off-ice news and notes from the NHL.
- Two big stories from yesterday were the injury to George Parros and the lack of goaltending.
- Parros’ injury brought those in the anti-fighting faction front and centre. They have a point. As exciting as spontaneous fighting might be, someone is going to get killed. Players know the risk, but maybe its time to protect them from themselves. We can only hope for a quick and full recovery from the concussion he suffered. Our best wishes to Parros.
- Maybe early season jitters, but shooters were way ahead of goalies last night. Of the 6 goalies playing, (3 of which were Team Canada camp invitees) James Reimer had a SP above .900.
- It was team leadership naming day in the NHL, with a number of teams handing out letters
- Edmonton, who earlier named Andrew Ference captain, handed out a lot of “A”s. Six to be exact. Everyone gets an “A”
- Tampa went with experience over youth, bucking the trend in naming Martin St. Louis captain of the Bolts. Makes sense, although Steven Stamkos will be the man in a couple of years.
- Meanwhile, Buffalo went with co-captains once again in Thomas Vanek and Steve Ott. Likely wanted continuity, because there is a strong chance Vanek will be traded and and even stronger change Ott will get suspended for something weaselly during the season.
- I guess experience and size means more than being old and slow, as Hal Gill got a 1 year deal with the Flyers
- As rumored yesterday morning, the Phil Kessel extension (8 years, $64M) was indeed done.
Check back here tomorrow for another tour around the league.