Maple Leafs fans will see Eric Fehr in action for the first time tonight when they take on the Columbus Blue Jackets according to Kristen Shilton of TSN. The veteran forward will draw into the lineup for his first game since being acquired at the deadline from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Frank Corrado. He will be taking the place of Nikita Soshnikov, the young winger who was involved in multiple incidents in Monday’s game against the Boston Bruins.
Soshnikov first got under the skin of Bruins’ players and fans alike when he sent Patrice Bergeron into the boards head first with a crosscheck across the back, earning him just a two minute penalty (which Bergeron would match when he got up and went after the Leafs’ winger). Later in the game he took a hard hit from Zdeno Chara that seemed to rattle him, as he was seen rubbing his neck and skating unsteadily for the rest of the game. It was that unsteady nature that caused him to fall when Dominic Moore would collide with him in the dying minutes, giving the Maple Leafs a powerplay that ended up winning the game. There is no word on what the extent of the injury is for Soshnikov, but a concussion would not be out of the question.
- Eugene Melnyk does “not like the Olympics” according to Bruce Garrioch of Postmedia, who passed along several interesting tidbits from the Ottawa Senators owner. As Melnyk said last week, he isn’t willing to allow star players like Erik Karlsson go to the Olympics if the NHL doesn’t attend, due to his history with injury at the tournament. He did admit that he’ll go along with whatever the league decides however.
- The owner also touched on the negotiations on a new arena for the Senators closer to downtown, in LeBreton flats. Unfortunately using the phrasing “if it’s Ottawa”, Melnyk says any new arena simply has to be downtown. Currently the team plays at the Canadian Tire Centre in Kanata, almost 30 minutes outside the city center.
- As Bob McKenzie relayed last night, things are at a stalemate between Colin White and the Senators, and Garrioch writes that it is unlikely that head coach Guy Boucher would have time to build the trust needed to insert White into the lineup on a regular basis, meaning that burning a year of his ELC would essentially be useless for the team.
- The Canadiens have moved Alex Galchenyuk off the first line for the time being, as expected after breaking them up last night. The forward will play wing next to Andrew Shaw in their next game, and has a fairly positive outlook on it. “At the end of the day you’re a hockey player. You’re not born to play center or born to play wing,” he told John Lu of TSN. The line will feature Artturi Lehkonen on the right side.