An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• Adam Oates thought this was a good hit. George McPhee loved it. I suspect their feelings might be somewhat different if the player on the receiving end in the video above had been Alex Ovechkin instead of Brayden Schenn. Gotta believe there’s supplemental discipline coming for this one. Schenn turns slightly just before contact is made, and that might mitigate the actual sentence, but this is a nasty, reckless hit that was all about causing maximum damage rather than separating a player from the puck. My guess is that we won’t see Wilson again until well after Christmas.
• Give the Red Wings credit: you didn’t hear anyone step up to defend this Kyle Quincey hit on Ryan Getzlaf. It was less vicious, but no less dangerous. Have to believe that Brendan Shanahan will want to talk with the Detroit defender after this one.
• Steve Simmons writes that the latest injury suffered by Montreal enforcer George Parros illustrates the continuing human tragedy that results from allowing fighting to continue in hockey. Even as a pro-fighting advocate, I’ll admit that Simmons makes the case against fighting as eloquently as anyone.
• Jarome Iginla says that the gruesome finger injury he suffered on Saturday night kinda freaked him out, but “it looked worse than it was.” From this, I surmise that Iginla has a different standard for gauging the severity of injuries than I do.
• Martin Jones earned his third shutout in six starts as his record in the NHL remained perfect. He’s got his eyes set now on Bob Froese’s record of eight consecutive wins to start a career.
• Winnipeg GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said Tuesday that he won’t make changes simply to silence his critics. That makes sense. What he might want to consider, though, is making changes because his team can’t hold a third-period lead against the Sabres. Patience, faith, trust … these are all necessary qualities for a general manager, but a functioning nose is important, too. If his can’t detect the stench coming off his team this season, he might want to get his schnozz checked out.