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The Toronto Maple Leafs had an eventful practice on Sunday, mixing in a small disagreement with some good news about Mike Komisarek.
Mikhail Grabovski and Francois Beauchemin were involved in a scuffle and had to be separated, reports AM640 in Toronto
It’s not that there’s a double standard when it comes to NHL supplementary discipline, it’s that there is no standard whatsoever. To wit: Georges Laraque sticks out his leg in a reflex reaction, injures Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall with a knee-on-knee, and receives a five-game suspension for an unintentional but reckless play. Curtis Glencross on the other hand, intentionally delivers a forearm to Chris Drury’s chin, thus concussing the Rangers center though he was nowhere near the puck, and receives a three-game suspension for his intentional and flagrant foul.
The injury to Oilers winger Ales Hemsky could be more serious than originally thought.
By Dave Stubbs
Andrei Markov, sidelined with a sliced tendon in his left foot since Game 1 this season, skated briefly at the Bell Sports Complex Thursday morning, for roughly 10 minutes. The Canadiens’ all-star defenceman turned a few laps earlier this week, too, but playfully wouldn’t say where.
By DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA
It’s never good to witness a teammate get drilled from behind.
It’s even worse when that teammate happens to be one of your best offensive players.
General manager Brian Burke had two deals cooking with the Chicago Blackhawks on the weekend, but they were believed to focus on defenceman Brent Sopel and were dead by Sunday. Burke has found the trading market to be a difficult one.
The Canadiens traded one problem child for another yesterday, sending Guillaume Latendresse and his unfulfilled potential to the Minnesota Wild for Benoit Pouliot, who arrives in Montreal with even more unfulfilled potential.
Brian Burke has the go-ahead to send any Leafs player to the minors — essentially burying National Hockey League contracts — without clearing it with his bosses or the board of directors of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd.
And that could happen as soon as this week.
By Greg Wyshynski
The news over the weekend that the Anaheim Ducks and winger Bobby Ryan(notes) have put their contract talks on hold was naturally going to lead to speculation that he’ll be on next summer’s Brian Burke free-agent buffet, and the Toronto Star didn’t disappoint.
Marian Hossa was discussing the difference in the maturity level between the Blackhawks and his former team, the Red Wings, when fellow winger Dustin Byfuglien sidled up next to reporters as if to join in on the questioning.