Unlike Kyrie Irving, the Cleveland Indians believe the earth is round
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
Considering the successes of the Blackhawks and failures of the Oilers, it might be challenging to drum up a potential rivalry between the two teams. Maybe someone like Eric Gryba could really get the ball rolling by throwing his body around? The big defenseman made an impression during Saturday’s game, delivering a big hit on Tanner Kero and then dropping the gloves with Ryan Hartman. If the team’s listings for each player is correct, Gryba has about four inches and almost 50 lbs. on Hartman, so it’s not too shocking he held the advantage. Credit Hartman for courage and for standing up for his teammate here.
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.