There have been five suspensions since Kaleta’s 10-game ban. If that didn’t teach players a lesson, maybe Scott’s reprimand will.
Scott claims he is not a dirty player, that this was just an unfortunate accident as he tried to complete an open-ice check. But he is an easy mark and might very well be used as a guinea pig to try to clean up this league.
NHL Short Takes
Commissioner Gary Bettman upheld Buffalo’s Patrick Kaleta’s 10-game suspension and released a report supporting his decision.
Most fascinating is how it gave a glimpse of the NHL Players’ Association’s case in supporting Kaleta. The union in part blamed Columbus’ Jack Johnson, saying his positioning contributed to the hit and that Kaleta was doing his job as an “energy player.”
Remember, Johnson is a dues-paying member of the NHLPA, too, so it showed how fine a line the union has to walk sometimes to support one player who has been scolded for hurting another.
New Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella knows the Canucks’ previous reputation of being a bunch of divers and whiners.
Too much talk
Montreal’s Lars Eller provided Edmonton with locker-room fodder when he said the Oilers “play a little bit like a junior team.” The Oilers then beat the Canadiens.
“They may as well have sent me over a basket of fruit and a bottle of wine,” Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said. “I was like, ‘Man, this is perfect, a really great present from Mr. Eller.’ ”
• Tampa Bay Lightning superstar Steven Stamkos said it took nine hours to shoot the new Coke Zero commercial he appears in: “I think I’ll stick to hockey.”
Wild's week ahead
Monday: vs. Chicago, 7 p.m. (FSN)
Friday: vs. Montreal, 7 p.m. (FSN+)
Player to watch: PK Subban