November 10, 2011
NHL notes: Bettman not a fan of stalling tactics
By QMI Agency
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday the league's general managers will probably want to discuss the stalling tactics employed by the Philadelphia Flyers Wednesday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning when they meet next week .
With the Lightning playing a passive 1-3-1 system and clogging the neutral zone, the Flyers opted to hold the puck in their own zone for an extended period a few times during the game. At least twice play, which came to a virtual standstill, was whistled down by the officials.
Bettman denied the notion that the hyper-passive tactics by the two teams were an embarrassment to the league.
"While we had an interesting night in Tampa, I'm not exactly sure it was the grand moment of the season that everybody's speculating," Bettman said on his weekly radio show. "Did I like it? No. Is it the most horrible thing I've ever seen on the ice? No. But I do think it has now added another agenda item to the general managers (meetings) next week.
"I'm kind of enjoying the fact that there's some outrage when something that tries to take the game out of its normal flow gets this kind of reaction."
Bettman backed up the game officials, saying they "reacted appropriately" by whistling the play dead when the Flyers held the puck.
PENN-ING HIS THOUGHTS
Sex-abuse scandal or not, Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula is standing by his alma mater.
Pegula, who gave $88 million to Penn State University a year ago, issued a statement Thursday affirming he would not withdraw the donation in the wake of a sex-abuse scandal that has rocked the school's football program.
"The events that are unfolding at Penn State University are deeply troubling and a matter of great concern to me and my wife Kim," Pegula said in the statement. "As many have expressed, our primary concern is for the individuals and families who may have been victimized.
"Penn State's reputation has been severely tarnished. We are encouraged to see the University trustees have begun the process of restoring integrity and trust in the institution. This process will take a period of time and trust will need to be re-earned as a result of these recent disclosures.
"Penn State is supported by millions of students, alumni, faculty, staff and administrators. Our own support for Penn State and its hockey program is well known and will continue. We expect the University will carry out its educational mission with high standards and integrity."
Pegula donated money to help Penn State build an arena that would become home to the university's men's and women's hockey teams.
HOT TO TROTZ
Barry Trotz and the Nashville Predators will reach the 1,000-game milestone Saturday when they are home to the Montreal Canadiens.
Only three coaches in NHL history -- Al Arbour, 1,500 with the New York Islanders; Lindy Ruff, 1,080 with the Buffalo Sabres; and Bill Reay, 1,012 with the Chicago Blackhawks -- have coached more games with one team than Trotz. 49, a native of Dauphin, Man.
Trotz was named Predators coach on Aug. 6, 1997, more than one year before the team played its first NHL game.
The Calgary Flames called up forward Paul Byron from Abbotsford of the AHL Thursday.
Byron fills the roster spot left vacant when forward Brendan Morrison was put on injured reserve due to what the team is calling "inadequate rehabilitation of ACL knee surgery." Morrison, who last played on Nov. 4 against the Buffalo Sabres, has no points in eight games this season.
The 22-year-old from Ottawa has three goals and one assist in nine games with Abbotsford.
OIL ADDS CHORNEY
The Edmonton Oilers brought defenceman Taylor Chorney back into the fold when they claimed him off waivers from the St. Louis Blues Thursday.
When the Oilers put Chorney on waivers to send him to Oklahoma City of the AHL in October, the Blues claimed him. When St. Louis did the same thing, the Oilers brought the 24-year-old Thunder Bay native back and assigned him to Oklahoma City.
The Oilers also sent defenceman Colten Teubert to Oklahoma City.
Detroit Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi practiced briefly Thursday but has been ruled out for games against Edmonton and Dallas this weekend.
Bertuzzi, who has been out with a sinus infection, admitted he also started feeling dizzy after being hit in the face by the stick of Winnesota Wild forward Devon Setoguchi Oct. 29.
"It started in Minnesota when I got hit," Bertuzzi said on the team's website. "Played two (more) games and it kept getting worse and worse; lighted-headed, dizzy and didn't feel myself. Then I got a sinus infection and I went and got my ears checked. Got a little bit of swelling in there, so I got some pills to try and get the swelling down."
The Anaheim Ducks claimed centre Ben Maxwell off waivers from the Winnipeg Jets Thursday. The 23-year-old has played just 36 NHL games in his career ... The Dallas Stars put forward Steve Ott on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. Ott, who has two goals and eight assists in 11 games, hasn't played since Oct. 29 ... Forward Colin Fraser was activated off the non-roster list by the L.A. Kings. Fraser was acquired in the off-season trade that returned Ryan Smyth to Edmonton.