David Clarkson suspended 10 games, Phil Kessel faces disciplinary hearing, update on the sale of the Panthers, plus the latest on Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Kris Letang, Loui Eriksson, Raffi Torres and more.
CBC.CA: Toronto Maple Leafs winger David Clarkson will miss the first ten games of the regular season, as he’s been suspended for leaving the bench during the Leafs-Buffalo Sabres brawl on Sunday night.
TSN.CA: Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel has a disciplinary hearing scheduled for today concerning his participation in that brawl, in which he twice slashed Sabres enforcer John Scott.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Clarkson suspension was automatic. He can appeal but I doubt he’ll get it overturned. More on the impact of Clarkson’s suspension upon the Leafs roster in the Rumors section. As for Kessel, I’m guessing he gets at least two games, as he received a match penalty for his actions. He has no prior history of suspensions, which could weigh in his favor.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild forward Jake Dowell faces a 50-50 chance of inheriting the gene which gave his father and brother Huntington’s disease, from which the two are dying. Their story will be showcased on ESPN’s “E:60” show tonight. “I don’t want pity or anything,” said Dowell, who is involved with the Huntington’s disease Society of America. “I talk about it because I want to raise awareness to find a cure. I want to get funding to find a cure for this awful disease. Nobody should have to suffer through what my dad and brother are suffering through.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping this story of Dowell and his family helps further the search for a cure for this disease.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Anaheim Ducks superstars Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry hope to bring the Stanley Cup back to Orange County in the near future. The pair were instrumental in the Ducks 2007 Stanley Cup championship.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Having committed long-term to the Ducks, Getzlaf and Perry form a solid core for this rebuilding club.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Kris Letang scored twice as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied from a 2-0 deficit to edge the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in a shootout. Blackhawks winger Bryan Bickell also scored twice.
BOSTON HERALD: Bruins winger Loui Eriksson is eager for action with his new club. Eriksson was dealt to the Bruins from the Dallas Stars in the Tyler Seguin deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Eriksson was the best player (to date) in that deal, but it will always be known as the Tyler Seguin trade. Even if Seguin turns out to be a bust, that trade will always be remembered for him.
MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers forwards Kris Versteeg and Jonathan Huberdeau have recovered from off-season surgeries and appear good to go for the upcoming season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s good news for the Panthers, as they’ll need that duo to be healthy and productive to have a shot at the playoffs.
CSNBAYAREA: San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres could be sidelined 3-4 months with an ACL injury in his right knee.
THE SPORTING NEWS: Sean Gentille explains why enforcers are disappearing in the NHL.
ESPN.COM: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said the sale of the Florida Panthers will be done as quickly as possible. It’s believed the prospective new owner is New York businessman Vincent Viola.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Bettman also said “vast majority” of NHL GMs favor hybrid icing. The NHLPA is expected to make a full member vote on the issue soon. Regardless of the outcome of the PA vote, regular icing will remain in place for this season.