commissioner Gary Bettman told the Columbus Dispatch on Saturday that an incident during the line brawl between the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers on Friday has caused the league to consider making changes to the NHL rulebook.The incident in question occurred when Flyers goalie Ray Emery charged down the ice and attacked Capitals goalie Braden Holtby. Emery clearly caught Holtby off guard, and the fight quickly turned into something resembling an assault. Emery admitted after the game that he attacked the Caps netminder even though Holtby said didn't want to fight. Emery was not punished by the league, essentially because the NHL rulebook doesn't account for that specific situation. Bettman, who was in Columbus to announce the 2015 NHL All-Star Game, acknowledged that the NHL was not happy with the incident and indicated the league is considering changing the rulebook at the next general managers meeting. "We constantly monitor and look at the game," Bettman said. "There was no rule that was violated to elevate things to the level of a suspension. It's something we'll continue to discuss. "I don't think anybody liked it, liked what it looked like. Fortunately it's not something that happens very often. But I'm sure it's something we'll focus on, particularly with the general managers." Bettman also addressed the rise in player suspensions this season across the league. In one month, the NHL Department of Player Safety has suspended four players for a total of 22 games for illegal hits. Bettman called the rise in suspensions and rule changes an attempt at "effectuating a change" in how the game is played across the NHL.
What a hypocrite Shanahan is. FUCK YOU! What about your wars with Avs when you played with Detroit. Get your nose out of Bettman's ass you prick!
On Tuesday, the NHL’s vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan took it one step further.
“I hate what Ray Emery did,” Shanahan told Rogers Sportsnet’s Hockey Central at Noon show. “I don’t like it. I wouldn’t like it if I were a teammate of his, I wouldn’t like if it I were an opponent of his.”
Yet, Shanahan admitted that he could not give Emery a suspension.
“It’s not a decision I can make on a Saturday night because I just don’t like something,” Shanahan said. “I have to follow the rule book.”
He then laid the onus at the feet of the NHL’s 30 general managers to change the rules. Surely, debate will be sparked on Nov. 12 when the league’s general managers will convene in Toronto for meetings, one day after Fred Shero is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Ted Nolan back in the NHL along with LaFontaine - Buffalo fires Reiger & Rolston
The Buffalo Sabres dug into their past in a major front office shakeup on Wednesday, firing general manager Darcy Regier and head coach Ron Rolston and hiring former Sabre Pat LaFontaine as their new President of Hockey Operations and former Buffalo bench boss Ted Nolan as interim head coach.
LaFontaine told reporters at his introductory news conference that he will be hiring the next general manager and already has a short list.
LaFontaine played six seasons with the Sabres between 1991 and 1997 and was most recently a consultant with the NHL and with the New York Islanders.
"Our job is top to bottom to bring a championship calibre team year to year," said LaFontaine.
Nolan returns to the Sabres organization for the first time since his stint as head coach from 1995 to 1997. During the 1996-97 campaign, he led the Sabres to the Northeast Division title with a 40-30-12 record and won the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year.
"We'll compete, we'll make it exciting and we'll make it a place people want to come and enjoy hockey games again," Nolan said after being introduced.
Regier, who received a contract extension prior to last season, was in his 17th season as Sabres general manager. Under his watch, the Sabres reached the Eastern Conference final four times, most recently in 2007.
Sabres owner Terry Pegula explained why Regier was not solely to blame for Buffalo's most recent shortcomings.
"He didn't do what he did by himself," Pegula said. "There was input from many people, prior owners, myself. Why now? I just decided and that's the only answer I can give you. We work together and sometimes you get to the point where a change was needed."
The Sabres hired Rolston as their permanent head coach last spring after he served the interim position following the firing of Lindy Ruff in February.
He led the Sabres to a 15-11-5 record after Ruff was fired Feb. 20 following a 6-10-1 performance. Before being selected interim coach, Rolston had coached the Rochester Americans, Buffalo's AHL affiliate, since 2011.
The Sabres finished 21-21-6 and missed the playoffs for a second straight year and fourth time in six seasons. They have a 4-15-1 record this seaso
The Chicago Blackhawks announced Thursday night that they had acquired Versteeg and forward Philippe Lefebrvre from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Jimmy Hayes and defenceman Dylan Olsen. The Panthers will retain half of Versteeg's salary as part of the trade; about $2.2 million for the next three seasons.