The Ottawa Senators aren’t the only ones who would like a do-over from the first few days of NHL regular season play.
At least the Senators issues are mostly on the ice, with one point in three games.
For the league as a whole, it’s the black eyes that hurt.
It’s the public intoxication charge involving Dallas Stars forward Mike Ribeiro over the weekend.
It’s the obscene gesture New York Islanders defenceman James Wisniewski directed at everyone’s favourite, mega-pest Sean Avery. For being cruder than Avery (tied for crudeness?!?), Wisniewski was handed a two-game suspension by the league.
It’s the New Jersey Devils icing a minor hockey style roster of 15 skaters, because of injuries and cap room so tight that GM Lou Lamoriello has a wedgie.
Did we mention the head hit into the boards that sent Buffalo Sabres forward Jason Pominville off the ice on a stretcher, having suffered a concussion? Blackhawks defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson was booted out of the game for the hit.
Stay tuned for updates on disciplinary action. Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk said in a statement about his player: “We are aware of the incident with Mike Ribeiro that took place on Sunday evening. The Dallas Stars take these matters very seriously and we have spoken with Mike about the situation this morning. We will be handling the matter internally.”
All in all, not the kind of week the NHL needs while competing for attention in the U.S. with playoff baseball and NFL football.