In today’s collection of notable NHL morning headlines: The Flyers stall tactics against the Lightning last night raises eyebrows…Eric Staal talks with New York media regarding brother Marc’s concussion…Penguins James Neal leading the league in a notable stat…Peter Mueller soon to return to Avalanche lineup…Former NHLer Sheldon Kennedy on the Penn State scandal and his opinion on how Hockey Canada is handling sexual abuse today, compared to when he was a junior player.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Media consensus sided with the Flyers, blaming the Lightning for not sending a forechecker into the opposing zone, and keeping one defenseman back so deep in their own zone he was nowhere near the action. It’s expected the league will look at this situation, and could implement a rule change forcing teams to at least advance a forechecker into the opposing zone, regardless of the system they’re using.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Eric Staal met with the New York media yesterday to address his brother Marc, a NY Rangers defenseman, and his post-concussion symptoms which has sidelined him indefinitely. Eric was responsible for the hit on his brother during a late-March game which led to the latter’s ongoing concussion symptoms. The two teams will face each other on Friday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been suggested Eric’s offensive struggles this season are tied to his concern, perhaps even guilt, over his role in his brother’s injury. That’s only conjecture, but it would be only natural for Eric to be upset over this situation and perhaps blame himself.
POST-GAZETTE.COM: Penguins forward James Neal not only leads the league in shots, but is on pace for 350 this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s a big reason why Neal has regained his scoring touch this season.
DENVER POST: All signs indicated oft-injured forward Peter Mueller should return to the Avalanche lineup tonight.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping Mueller can stay healthy for the rest of the season.
CALGARY SUN: Former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy weighed in with his opinion on the Penn State sexual abuse scandal. Kennedy, whose playing career was ultimately derailed due to sexual abuse he suffered as a junior player, had praise for the abused former football players having the courage to step forward. He also had praise for the strides made by Hockey Canada for being proactive in the fifteen years since his sexual abuse was revealed, thanks in part to Kennedy’s tireless efforts.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kennedy’s playing career was destroyed by what happened to him, and he battled addiction and depression for years afterward, but Kennedy will now have an enduring, positive legacy upon hockey for his efforts to protect youngsters from sexual abuse.