Friday, October 31, 2014

Florida Panthers Recall F Rocco Grimaldi

Former Fighting Sioux forward Rocco Grimaldi has been recalled by the Florida Panthers.
SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers Executive Vice-President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has recalled F Rocco Grimaldi and F Vincent Trocheck. In addition, the club announced that F Dave Bolland has been placed on injured reserved retroactive to October 17, 2014 and F Brandon Pirri has been placed on injured reserved retroactive to October 30, 2014.

Grimaldi, 21, has appeared in eight games with San Antonio (AHL) this season, recording three goals with one assist and four penalty minutes, after signing his entry level contract with Florida this past summer. Prior to playing in San Antonio, Grimaldi spent three years (2011-2014) at the University of North Dakota (NCHC) recording 31 goals and 46 assists. Grimaldi was drafted by Florida in the second round (33rd overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft.

Russo: NHL watching, but Thomas Vanek's agent reiterates client is in no criminal trouble

Interesting... It appears that Thomas Vanek spent over 1 million dollars on football betting.
Michael Russo, Star Tribune --- While the National Hockey League said Friday it will continue to keep an eye on a federal illegal gambling and money laundering case in Rochester, N.Y., that Thomas Vanek has testified in as the government’s prime witness, the Wild forward likely won’t face league discipline unless he faces criminal charges or bet on hockey.

Vanek’s agent, Steve Bartlett, told the Star Tribune Friday that “Thomas is not in any way, shape or form involved in any illegal activities or in trouble here.”

Vanek bet on football and was paying off a gambling debt, according to Bartlett.

Vanek’s in the news again because a defense attorney for a man who pleaded guilty to illegal gambling and conspiracy to launder money Thursday alluded to the fact that the check his client helped launder came from Vanek while he played for the New York Islanders.

In an interview with WHEC-TV’s Berkeley Brean in Rochester, N.Y., lawyer Jim Wolford, who represents Mark Ruff, said the $230,000 “check that was identified as far as the money laundering was a New York Islander check.”

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Air Force Goalie Chris Truehl makes a great save against RIT



Here's something for the scouting report. Saturday night, UND plays the Air Force Academy in a non-conference matchup. This is a great save by Falcons goalie Chris Truehl (2-4-0, 3.36 GAA, .881 SV%).

Torey Krug Injured after Slash from Zach Parise (Video)



Yesterday it was announced that Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug will be out for 2-3 weeks with a broken finger. Now we know how Krug broke his finger, watch the slash from Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise.

Drew Miller's Disallowed Goal, Luke Glendening Goalie Interference



From the blown call department. Here's the video of Detroit Red Wings forward Drew Miller's disallowed Goal. If you look closely you will see that Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby trips all by himself. Red Wings forward  Luke Glendening was given a two-minute penalty for goalie interference.

Should Minnesota be 8-0-0 Right Now?



The Minnesota Wild have had a dominating play style in each of their first eight games of the season, but little errors have not allowed them to win games that they probably should have won. The power play alone could be the biggest factor in all of this.

As of last night, only Buffalo and the Wild were the only two teams in the NHL without a power play goal in this young season, however, it is not for the lack of trying in the case of Minnesota. They are among the top in the NHL in power play shot attempts, but just have not been able to find the twine as of yet. A team will average three to four power plays a game, and the good power plays will usually score one out of every five power play opportunities. The Wild have all the tools in place to be considered a power play elite, but their current power play misfortunes are costing them games.

Lets look at Monday night's game at Madison Square Garden. The Wild went 0-4 on the power play, including two five minute major opportunities. If the Wild score on one of these, this game is sent at least to overtime and they earn a valuable point in the standings. That being said, I am not trying to make excuses for the epic third period collapse, just trying to say if the shoot first power play was finding the net on one in five chances, they very well could be 8-0-0 right now.

The season is long and I am sure once one goes in, they will gain their confidence back and pucks will start going in with the extra man. Who knows, maybe two birds will be killed with one stone if Thomas Vanek is able to score the first power play goal for Minnesota.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

John Moore Suspended Five Games for Dirty Hit on Erik Haula



I was hoping for a longer suspension. Rangers defenseman John Moore is a repeat offender and was suspended just last spring during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Apparently, he didn't learn his lesson from the last suspension that he received.
NEW YORK -- New York Rangers defenseman John Moore has been suspended for five games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula during NHL Game No. 122 in New York on Monday, October 27, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

Moore is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $51,859.75. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Moore was assessed a match penalty 7:12 into the second period.

For a full explanation of the Department of Player Safety's decision, complete with video, please click on the following link.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Boston Bruins: Seth Griffith's amazing goal (Video)



What an amazing goal by Boston Bruins forward Seth Griffith. This goal gave the Boston Bruins a 2-1 lead. In seven games with the Bruins, Griffith has (3g-1a-4pts).

Rangers John Moore to Have Hearing for Dirty Hit on Haula



The NHL's Department of Player Safety will have an in person hearing with Rangers defenseman John Moore for his dirty, high, dangerous hit on Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula.
Scott Lewis, Sports Net -- New York Rangers defenseman John Moore will have face a supplementary discipline hearing as a result of his check to the head of Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula on Monday night.

John Shannon on Twitter: “Let’s get that right…John Moore will have a hearing for hit on Haula…while still no indication on Kreider on Brodin.”
Moore is a repeat offender: Last season, the NHL suspended Moore during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs for two games for a dirty hit on Montreal Canadiens forward Dale Weise. As history tells us, a suspension during the Stanley Cup Playoffs are usually shorter than the regular season.

Monday, October 27, 2014

(Video) John Moore's head shot on Erik Haula



At the 07:12 mark of the second period, New York Rangers forward John Moore was given a match penalty for this dirty, dangerous, inexcusable head shot on Wild forward Erik Haula.

This hit is worthy of a suspension  and should land Moore a game or two vacation. Because this penalty is a match penalty, it will reviewed by the NHL. There is no excuse for this dirty hit.


(Video) Chris Krieder Boards Jonas Brodin



This is an unnecessary, dangerous hit by New York Rangers forward Chris Krieder. If you don't believe me, check out the video, Krieder throws Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin violently into the boards. This is the kind of hit that needs to be eliminated from the game of hockey.

I also believe that this is a hit that needs more examination by the NHL's Department of Player safety and that Krieder should be suspended for this hit. A game or two would be appropriate. Thoughts?

UND 2nd in USA Today Poll


October 27, 2014

Team
(First Place Votes)
Record
Points
Last Poll
1
Minnesota
(50)
4- 0-0
509
1
2
North Dakota
4- 1-0
446
3
3
Union
5-1-0
429
2
4
Colgate
5- 1-0
421
4
5
Boston College
3- 1-0
374
6
6
Boston University
3- 0-0
295
11
7
St. Cloud State
2- 2-0
294
9
8
Providence
1- 2-1
254
7
9
Massachusetts-Lowell
1- 2-1
218
8
10
Miami
4- 2-0
187
10
11
Denver
3- 1-0
142
13
12
Minnesota State
4- 2-0
134
12
13
Michigan
2-3-0
89
17
14
Vermont
4-0-0
86
NR
15
Ferris State
2-3-0
60
7
Others receiving votes: Michigan Tech 29, Alaska 23, Notre Dame 23, Cornell 22, Robert Morris 13, New Hampshire 1, Quinnipiac 7, Ohio State 6, Nebraska-Omaha 6, Minnesota Duluth 5, Bowling Green 2, Northern Michigan 2, St. Lawrence 1.

UND 3rd in UCHO Poll


October 27, 2014

Team
(First Place Votes)
Record
Points
Last Poll
1
Minnesota
(50)
4- 0-0
1000
1
2
Union
5- 1-0
901
2
3
North Dakota
4- 1-1
900
3
4
Colgate
5- 1-0
870
4
5
Boston College
3- 1-0
788
6
6
Boston University
3- 0-0
637
12
7
St. Cloud State
2- 2-0
628
9
8
Massachusetts-Lowell
3- 1-1
601
7
9
Providence
1- 2-1
587
5
10
Miami
4- 2-0
503
10
11
Denver
3- 1-0
422
11
12
Minnesota State
4- 2-0
404
13
13
Vermont
4- 0-0
352
17
14
Ferris State
2- 3-0
338
8
15
Michigan
2- 3-0
285
14
16
Alaska
5- 1-0
254
16
17
Michigan Tech
4- 0-0
218
NR
18
Cornell
0- 0-0
137
18
19
Minnesota-Duluth
3- 3-0
128
19
20
Notre Dame
4- 2-0
80
NR
Others receiving votes: Robert Morris 79, Nebraska-Omaha 76, Bowling Green 65, Quinnipiac 59, Northern Michigan 56, Alaska-Anchorage 34, Merrimack 33, New Hampshire 20, Ohio State 15, St. Lawrence 9, Dartmouth 8, Harvard 6, Yale 3, Mercyhurst 2, Bentley 1, Penn State 1.