Sabres and Maple Leafs preseason game erupts into a donnybrook, plus the latest on Pekka Rinne, Jaromir Jagr, T.J. Oshie, Francois Beauchemin, Semyon Varlamov, Brayden Schenn and more.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: A preseason game between the Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs erupted into a twelve-player “that featured Ryan Miller fighting with Toronto goaltender Jonathan Bernier and Leafs forward Phil Kessel trying to chop down big John Scott with his stick after the Sabres’ enforcer tried to fight him.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have more in my “Canadian Corner” section. Click here to see video of the brawl.
THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne was all smiles following his first preseason game since his off-season hip surgery, making 13 saves in two periods as the Predators blanked the NY Islanders 2-0.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A promising start for Rinne, who also shook off an early collision with Islanders forward Peter Regin. The Predators playoff hopes this season rest on a healthy Rinne.
NJ.COM: Devils coach Pete DeBoer is hopeful winger Jaromir Jagr, sidelined with “lingering lower-body soreness” will be ready for the club’s season opener on October 3.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not exactly a promising start for the 41-year-old Jagr with the Devils.
BND.COM: A healthier, faster T.J. Oshie could help the St. Louis Blues reach the next level. Oshie missed the final fifteen games of last season with a foot injury.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Anaheim Ducks are happy to have workhorse defenseman Francois Beauchemin back in the lineup. Beauchemin is recovering from off-season knee surgery and expects to return in time for the Ducks season opener on October 2.
DENVER POST: Semyon Varlamov made 37 saves as the Colorado Avalanche nipped the Anaheim Ducks 2-1.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Flyers center Brayden Schenn is unconcerned over his contract status. Schenn is slated to become a restricted free agent next summer.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks experiment with Brandon Saad at center is over, as he’s been moved back to left wing.
WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals will host the 2015 Winter Classic, but it remains to be seen where they’ll play and who their opponent will be.