NHL notes: Stars' Ray Whitney hates kids with phones
|Phoenix Coyotes left wing Ray Whitney acknowledges the crowd after receiving a career 600 assist award before playing an NHL game against the Edmonton Oilers in Glendale, Arizona, December 15, 2011. (REUTERS/Rick Scuteri)
The fourth-oldest player in the NHL doesn’t think too much of the youngsters he skates with in Dallas.
Ray Whitney, 40, told MayorsManor.com he isn’t afraid to tell the Stars’ young guns what he doesn’t like.
“In my day, if you were to walk around with your headset on and ride the bike with a cell phone in your hand — stuff like that pisses me off,” the wily veteran said.
“I say, ‘Listen, when you’re at the rink, it’s work time. You can put your stuff away, and you can worry about your girlfriend’s text messaging and stuff later. It’s time to get down to business.’
“There’s differences in the game now with how people are, how people act, and how they think they should be treated. I’m still a little bit old school, where you get treated how you work and how you perform.”
Nine of Whitney’s teammates are under the age of 25. Rookie blueliner Jamie Oleksiak was born in 1992, the year Whitney broke into the league with the San Jose Sharks.
On a positive note, Whitney isn’t the oldest player on his club’s roster.
That honour goes to 41-year-old Jaromir Jagr
STAAL BROTHERS UNITED
The Staal brothers are forming a united front on the topic of visors.
Just two weeks after Marc suffered an eye injury during the New York Rangers-Philadelphia Flyers game, Jordan and Eric have donned protective visors.
They were wearing the new gear during the Carolina Hurricanes’ practice in Raleigh on Friday.
“It’s a decision that’s been brewing for a little while,” Eric told the Raleigh News and Observer. “At this point I just feel like the risk isn’t worth it right now, because of the injuries I’ve seen to other people in this organization, family.
“Sometimes you feel like you’re invincible, but as many guys have seen, you’re not. Unfortunately, injuries can happen. It’s just being smarter.”
The youngest of the brothers, Jared, a forward with the Charlotte Checkers, also wears a visor in accordance with AHL regulations.
D’AGOSTINI GOES TO THE SWAMP
Veteran forward Matt D’Agostini is leaving the St. Louis Blues for Newark, N.J.
The 26-year-old was traded to the New Jersey Devils on Friday for a conditional fourth- or fifth-round draft pick in the 2015 draft.
D’Agostini has one goal and one assist in 16 games with the Blues this season. Over his career, he has 45 goals and 46 assists in 254 games.
ALEX EDLER TO FACE THE MUSIC
Vancouver Canucks defenceman Alex Edler could be in line for some additional discipline after running down Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith.
During the second period Thursday night, Smith swung around behind his net to clear a puck only to be met face-to-face with a speeding Edler, who received a five-minute charging major along with a phone hearing with the league.
The hit on Smith was almost identical to the one Chicago Blackhawks winger Andrew Shaw issued Smith during the first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Smith was not injured on that play, but Shaw was still suspended for three games.
It’s not known if Edler’s hit injured Smith, but he did not return to play the third period.
As Edler’s hearing with the NHL is being conducted over the phone, he won’t be suspended for more than five games.
Chicago’s Marian Hossa is unlikely to return against the Los Angeles Kings Monday. The Blackhawks forward is still ailing from an upper-body injury suffered last Monday against the Colorado Avalanche … Buffalo Sabres’ top scorer Thomas Vanek expects to be back in the lineup Saturday for the Sabres game against the Montreal Canadiens after taking a shot from teammate Christian Ehrhoff off his hip bone Tuesday … The Carolina Hurricanes are stuck between a rock and hard place trying to find a goalie. Dan Ellis has joined Cam Ward on the club’s injury list after suffering a leg laceration Thursday in Carolina’s loss to the New Jersey Devils … Vancouver Canucks winger David Booth will miss the rest of the regular season – and maybe more -- after having ankle surgery Friday … Pittsburgh Penguins stalwarts Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang will not be suiting up against the New York Islanders Friday. Malkin is out with an upper-body injury while Letang has a lower-body issue.