Trevor Linden’s political ambition relies on undeserved repute
He’s a nightmare opponent for the Fry campaign. How do you attack the man most women want and most men want to be. How do you smear the adopted son. The model citizen. The comforter of sick kids.
If anyone could do it, it’s Hedy Fry. She clawed her way to Ottawa, grinding her six-inch pumps into all enemies real or imagined. But Linden’s celebrity exceeds Fry’s ferocity, cross-burning Klansmen in Prince George notwithstanding. If I ran Fry’s campaign (and I’m available, if the money’s right), I’d attack Linden’s record—as a hockey player. Because that’s all anyone really knows about big number 16. And Linden’s record hardly justifies his reputation.
Malhotra did not “lose” his eye. But it’s unknown if he’ll regain sight, or, if he does, how long it will take or how much vision he’ll have. All of it sounds grave, but it’s going to take some time to fully understand the severity. It could be weeks. That makes any speculation unfair. So is the injury itself, Torres said.
“Things like this shouldn’t happen to guys like him,” Torres said. “It’s tough to see it happen to someone who is so honourable to the game.
“He is a first-class individual who brings a different level of professionalism from anyone I’ve seen. He has been that way since the day we met.”
CD: You play a real physical sport too, what similarities between hockey and MMA?
EF: It’s definitely, they’re both pretty rough sports. I think, the hockey fights are obviously more comparable to the fight in the MMA ring but, it’s a lot different when you’re in the octagon I can only imagine.
CD: If MMA was as popular as it is now, back when you started playing hockey, do you think you might have given that sport a shot?
EF: Uh, I kind of don’t, just because I’m not really a fighter on the ice to begin with, but you never know, I think it’s really interesting how, how many different sports are kind of combined to become a good UFC Fighter.
Asked if he believed Subban milked it for the refs, Lecavalier said easily, “Oh, of course.”
On Friday morning, Lecavalier commented further on Subban:
“Everybody knows he was playing a role there. Myself and probably most of the guys don’t respect a guy like that. He’s the type of guy who doesn’t respect anybody. It’s all there is to say. He’s not a well-liked guy, not because of the way he plays but because of the way he does things. He’s a great player. He will be for a long time. But his attitude, that’s just the way he is.”
Where’s the respect?
Langdon says no one thinks about getting a concussion before a game.
“I never thought of getting one in a fight,” he said. “I always thought defence first before I went on offence.
“You’re not trying to kill somebody … you’re just trying to survive. You don’t lead with your face against Tony Twist, I can tell you that,” Langdon said with a laugh, referring to one of the NHL’s better fighters during his days in the pros.
Billingsley’s ban a head scratcher for IceDogs
So on Wednesday when the OHL handed the 21-year-old a 10-game suspension – less than a week before the start of the OHL playoffs - for a hit to the head of Ottawa 67’s forward Shane Prince, there were more than a few people left scratching their heads in confusion.
“I didn’t think it was going to be that steep,” Billingsley said Thursday of his suspension. “But it was probably the worst time for that kind of hit to happen with all the stuff happening in the NHL. I didn’t know what to expect, but I didn’t think I made a dirty hit. I think it was a legal hit with an unfortunate outcome.”
Bears' Rechlicz hoping for fighting chance
“I was looking for a place to sign, and this past summer Hershey offered to do that and I’m excited to be part of the rich tradition here,” he said. “Hopefully I can stick around here, but at same time I want to make it back to NHL like everyone else. I’ll be patient and do what I have to here.
“The fans are the very best here, which is why it was a no-brainer to sign here. It’s electric out there when you have 10,000 people cheering for you. I’ve always been on struggling teams, let alone winning teams, so it’s a good feeling to be here with all the talent we have, and I’d love to be part of a Calder Cup team.”
Orr could return before season's end
The Leafs enforcer has been working out hard for a couple of weeks and is apparently symptom free. He hasn’t played since getting in a fight with Anaheim’s George Parros on Jan. 20, but could return before the end of this season.
“Colton has been receiving the best medical care,” said Leafs GM Brian Burke today.
Canadiens' Subban continues to agitate Penguins players
Subban, with one hand on his stick, swung wildly in the second period and caught left wing Mike Rupp in the face. No penalty was called, but a dispute broke out moments later.
“He’s just mad that he got hit,” said Rupp, who had crunched Subban a moment before. “We’ve all done that when we were kids. You just pretend that your stick is out of control. Absolutely he knew what he was doing.”
Guess which NHL hockey player is back in fashion? Sean Avery, New York Ranger and one of the most famous Vogue interns of all time, has partnered with Gilt Man to launch a three-part weekly series where he’ll curate sales on the designer flash sale site.
As a current Gilt junkie, I look forward to seeing what he puts together.