Posts Tagged ‘Jared Cowen’

SHANABANNED! Ottawa’s Jared Cowen suspended for head shot

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By Allan Muir

With the main course of Shawn Thornton’s attack on Brooks Orpik still a couple of days away, NHL player safety czar Brendan Shanahan busied himself with the amuse bouche of Jared Cowen’s head shot on Buffalo’s Zemgus Girgensons.

This is the sort of hit that wouldn’t have earned a second thought just a couple years ago, so seeing the Ottawa Senators defenseman handed two games for driving his shoulder directly into the chin of Girgensons is a clear illustration of the current state of non-tolerance for head contact.

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  • Published On Dec 11, 2013
  • Top Line: Ryan Kesler’s obscene rant; a team nixes Tim Thomas; more links

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    Tim Thomas is still looking for an NHL team that's interested in signing him.

    Tim Thomas is still looking for an NHL team that’s interested in signing him. (Winslow Townson/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Good thing it wasn’t Junior Reporter Day at Canucks camp. Ryan Kesler decided to work blue while answering a media question about Vancouver being a team in decline.

    • We can cross one team off the list of possible destinations for Tim Thomas.

    • Roy MacGregor offers up another cracker of a piece that illustrates the three areas of concern — danger, cost and time — that are killing the game of hockey and explains why now is the time to save it.

    • Could the elimination of bodychecking save the game at the youth level?

    • Sounds like another contract stalemate has come to an end. Bruce Garrioch is reporting that the Ottawa Senators have come to terms with RFA defender Jared Cowen on a four-year deal that will pay him $12 million. It’s an interesting deal — sort of a bridge between a bridge and a long-term — and one that will allow both sides to hold their heads up.

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  • Published On Sep 14, 2013
  • Nazem Kadri, Derek Stepan and other NHL RFAs find they have no upper hand

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    Nazem Kadri of the Toronto Maple Leafs

    Nazem Kadri is learning he’s not worth quite as much to the Maple Leafs as he thinks he is. (Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    Everyone wants the upper hand in life, but as Jerry Seinfeld keenly observed, hand is tough to get.

    And even when you believe you’ve got it, you probably don’t have nearly as much as you think.

    If Nazem Kadri hasn’t digested that mind vitamin just yet, he will very soon. So will Jared Cowen, Cody Hodgson, Marcus Johansson, Cody Franson and the rest of this year’s crop of high profile restricted free agents.

    These players may be on the verge of NHL stardom, but their hopes of cashing in big on their second contracts are quickly fading. With training camps starting next week and their talks at a standstill, their unwillingness to recognize when they’re beaten puts their start to the 2013-14 season in jeopardy.

    The key here is timing. And unfortunately for these players, theirs is lousy.

    The diminished salary cap hurts the pool of cash that teams are drawing from, and each new signing leaves an even smaller pile. There’s no club that’s willing to risk the draft picks and blowback that come with tendering an offer sheet. And the start of camp puts the RFAs and their demands on the back burner and allows other players a chance to step up and fill whatever holes their absences create.

    It’s a miserably perfect salary-depressing storm.

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  • Published On Sep 06, 2013
  • Hurricanes have nothing to gain from playing Jeff Skinner

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    Jeff Skinner of the Hurricanes lies on the ice after being knocked senseless.

    Jeff Skinner has had his concussion issues and should be handled with care. (Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Just came across this tweet from Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News and Observer that left me gobsmacked.

    Because of course, why wouldn’t Jeff Skinner be rushed back into the lineup for Saturday’s game against Philadelphia? That seems like a perfectly reasonable decision to make with a player who was knocked senseless after sustaining this open-ice hit from Ottawa’s Jared Cowen, right?

    Especially a player who has missed stretches of both this season and last with concussion-related issues.

    Alexander later reported that Skinner actually wanted to come back after the Cowen hit and was upset with the team doctor for not clearing him. And you know, that’s great. You want a potential franchise player like Skinner to have that hunger, to desperately want to get back into the battle with his teammates.

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  • Published On Apr 18, 2013