Just when it seemed like the response to National Hockey League star Ryan Getzlaf’s use of a homophobic and sexist slur couldn’t get any more disappointing... it just got more disappointing. Getzlaf, who is the captain of the Anaheim Ducks, was fined $10,000 after calling a referee a “cocksucker” during Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Friday. Many believe he got off too easily, considering the fine is just a drop in the bucket of his yearly $9 million salary and that another player, Andrew Shaw, was suspended by the NHL and sent to sensitivity training last year when he called an official an anti-gay slur.
Colorado GM Joe Sakic said there would be turnover this offseason, but that head coach Jared Bednar was safe. On Tuesday, Sakic followed through. The Avs have parted ways with two of Bednar’s assistants — Tim Army and Dave Farrish — and also relieved goalie coach Francois Allaire of his duties.
Mike, how great would Dion Phaneuf look next to John Klingberg? I know that's a pipe dream, but who out there -- Stars prospect or FA -- could fill that void? He seems to be the archetype of what the Stars are missing at 1 LD. Heika: He's only 32, so sure, but I think think Ottawa likes him and he has four years left on his contract. We'll see if the expansion draft creates a trade market. Winnipeg can only protect three of Byfuglien, Enstrom, Myers and Trouba, so there could be an opportunity there. Theoretically, what would be the best return we could get for Val? Heika: I just think they are going to keep him. If it becomes clear he doesn't want to play in Dallas, I think you could get something