Tip Ins: Shawn Thornton Suspension, Flames Fire Feaster, and Stamkos Skates

Posted: December 14, 2013 by Lamar Lester in Tip Ins
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Brooks Oprik being attended to after Shawn Thornton's attack. (Getty)

Brooks Oprik being attended to after Shawn Thornton’s attack. (Getty)

  • VIDEO: Today, Bruins forward Shawn Thornton was suspended a week after jumping Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik presuably because Orpik wouldn’t him after he landed a big hit on Thornton’s teammate, Loui Eriksson. He will serve 15 games in the press box for his actions. (NHL)
  • Calgary Flames general manager Jay Feaster and assistant GM John Weisbrod have been relieved of their duties effective immediately, the team announced Thursday. Many believe this happened a few seasons too late. Brian Burke, the team’s president of hockey operations, will take over as GM until he finds someone to fill the role permanently. (Calgary Flames)
  • Steven Stamkos has magical DNA as he is already skating just a little more than a month since undergoing leg surgery for a fractured tibia. It was the first time he’s laced up the skates since breaking his right leg in a game against the Boston Bruins on November 11th. He skated in a track suit. “It’s just nice to get back out there,” Stamkos said. “Mentally, it’s just a good thing to get out there on the ice and even be out there and pass the puck with a couple of guys. That’s positive for me and that’s only going to help.” (TSN)

  • Former Devils star Ilya Kovalchuk has his own theory behind the Varlamov domestic violence situation. “I hope to God it all pans out well and maybe he can somehow reach an agreement with his princess and finally she’d be given a green card, which she really wants,” said Kovalchuk. Well then… (Sporting News)
  • Sergei Bobrosky recently did an interview where he discussed his first groin injury as well as the 2014 Sochi Olympics where he is in the runner to be the starter. He also commented on the conspiracy theory put forward by some that the Russians are injured on purpose ahead of the Sochi games, saying, “I don’t think so. Every NHL team is a huge business. And they are interested in developing their team, their infrastructure, to make sure their leaders are healthy. Why injure someone on purpose?” (Puck Daddy)
  • Here’s the transcript James Neal’s disciplinary hearing with Brendan Shanahan, probably(not). (Pegasus News)
  • A goon says someone needs to fight. Shocker! Cam Janssen is today’s focus. He says,“Thornton calls you out, he’s calling you out in front of everybody, and you don’t fight, then it’s not over. Then we’ve got to get our justice. We’ve got to get our justice and then something happens and boom that happens.” “We’ve got to get our justice”? WTF? There’s your “Code” at work. (NBC Sports)
  • Asked early last(before he jumped Brooks Orpik), if “the code” still exists and if he still takes pride in it, Bruins wingers Shawn Thornton said, “People could probably criticize that I’m a little too honorable, I suppose, in some instances. I’ve been a firm believer my whole life that what goes around comes around. If you’re one of those guys that suckers someone when they’re down or you go after somebody that doesn’t deserve it or isn’t the same category as you, that will come back and bite you at some point, too.” Oh… (Puck Daddy)
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins Stadium Series jersey is out. As always with these things, there’s mixed reviews. It’s a very modern look. It’s essentially an updated version of their away jersey and I like it. I dig the new collar look too. Minus the chrome’d team logo and the long numbers on the back, it’s a pretty simple design. The Penguins visit the Chicago to play their third outdoor game on March 1 at Soldier Field. (Icethetics)
  • A goaltender came to Philadelphia to re-boot his career. And he’s now having a resurgence. It’s crazy to read those two sentences together, but goalie Steve Mason is defying the odds. November was a good month for the Flyers goaltender. He finished it with a 6-2-2 record, 1.94 goals-against average and, most impressively, a .938 save percentage. You have to go back to December 2008 to find a month in which he started at least 10 games and had a save percentage that high. (ESPN)
  • Throw Houston, Texas in the pot of cities that want an NHL team. When the Houston Aeros, Houston’s AHL team, announced last year that they would not be returning to H-Town in the 2013-2014 season but rather picking up and moving to Des Moines, Iowa as the Iowa Wild, Houston lost the closest thing it had to a hockey pastime. The loss wasn’t for lack of interest. In the 2011-12 season, Aeros’ games were the fifth most attended in the league, and in the 2012-2013 they ranked in at number seven. In fact, over the past nine years the Aeros consistently landed in the top 10 most attended AHL teams in the league. (Houston Press)



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