Calipari on N.C. State: 'We're firing coaches midseason ... Are you s----ing me?'
For years now, it’s been foolish to take a day off strictly for NHL trade deadline day.* It’s just about guaranteed that “people who took the day off” will be listed under trade deadline “losers.” Just look at a few stories from around the league. The Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks essentially said they’ll sit this one out. The Columbus Dispatch reports that the Blue Jackets will probably lean more in the modest direction, too. There’s the chance that seemingly reluctant teams are merely playing coy, but there’s also the possibility that they’re trying to help fans avoid a letdown. Well, that’s no fun. So who’s going to at least give us some fodder for baseless speculation? Message
It was a special night as the Dallas Stars beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 in overtime, but the most memorable moment wasn’t the win or Antoine Roussel‘s hat trick. Instead, it was how the team embraced Dave Strader’s return to the broadcasting booth as he continues to fight cancer. Don’t be ashamed if his comments to the Dallas Morning News leave you emotional: “This is the first time, to be honest with you, that for four hours I didn’t feel like I was sick at all,” Strader said after the game. “Maybe it was the adrenaline high, but I really, really feel great right now.” Again, the team really did some great things to welcome him back, but the highlight was saluting him after the game. Incredible
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz has been diagnosed with a concussion coach Mike Sullivan announced Friday, creating more depth issues for the team’s blue line. Schultz was slammed hard into the boards by Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien a little over four minutes into the second period of his team’s 4-0 Thursday win. After the play, Schultz left and did not return.