this week: none of your business


“I can hide on the ice,” said a winger for the New York Rangers, Carl Hagelin. “I can disappear.”

In The Hockey News, Ken Campbell asked the question: does the ill-advised, impetuous, and/or alcohol-fuelled behaviour of unrelated players with the last name Kane make them bad people?

“Oh, my God,” Bobby Orr said the first time he saw Connor McDavid when the boy was 13.

Toronto coach Randy Carlyle described James van Riemsdyk’s success as a Maple Leaf as a marriage that’s working, for now.

“I think I’ll keep the puck,” said Toronto’s Ben Scrivens after he’d wrapped up his first NHL shutout, “maybe give it to my parents.”

A couple of days later Scrivens stoppered the Leafs to a second straight shutout: “I think I can stop the puck if I can see it,” he said. “Sometimes you get shutouts. Sometimes pucks go off shinpads and you get pulled.” And so it was: next game, Tampa Bay, he was extracted from a losing effort in the third period.

In New York, winger Rick Nash injured his undisclosed, which is to say he didn’t disclose his injury.

Asked by a reporter for clarification, Nash’s coach, John Tortorella, said, “None of your business.”

“It bothers me,” Nazem Kadri said after the rink announcer in Florida mispronounced his name.

The reporters kept asking about Rick Nash. “He’s out,” Tortorella said.

Edmonton prepared to play Los Angeles. At practice, the Oilers’ Ryan Smyth told Helene Elliott of The Los Angeles Times that he had no regrets having asked the Kings to trade him. “You can’t sit there and dwell on things. My family’s safe, and that’s the most important thing.” Nail Yakupov? Anything to add? “I don’t want to talk about history,” he said. “Today is a new day.”

“We don’t talk about our injuries,” John Tortorella said, later.

A former Canadien, Mathieu Darche, 36, twittered his retirement in word — “Time to make it official! Moving on to second career.” — and image:

In Montreal, reporters visiting from New York gathered around former Ranger/current Canadien Brandon Prust.

Q: “How’s your French coming along?”

A: “It’s coming along, but it’s a slow process. It’s a tough language.”

“We lost every big draw tonight,” said Nashville coach Barry Trotz after his team beat Detroit 4-3 in overtime.

Still later, still John Tortorella: “Everybody has injuries.”

“When you’re younger,” said 36-year-old Phoenix captain Shane Doan, “you always think that you’ll be able to get it figured out and you start to understand as you get older that’s not going to be the case.”

The NHL suspended Vancouver’s Jannik Hansen after he and Chicago’s Marian Hossa both tried to bat a puck out of the air, except for Hansen batted Hossa’s head instead. “It was a hockey play,” Hansen said, “when you go for a puck, you go for a puck.”

Against Los Angeles, Chicago’s Brent Seabrook suffered a case of slapshot to the groin. Where was he hit, exactly, a reporter asked the Blackhawks coach after the game. “Somewhere,” said Joel Quenneville.

“COME ON OILERS!!!!! WE GOTTA START WINNING BOYS!” was both an actual tweet and a general sentiment the night the Oilers lost to Los Angeles.

Rich Clune of the Nashville Predators spent US$1,452.70 to board Colorado’s Aaron Palushaj. At least, that’s what the NHL fined him, afterwards.

It cost Minnesota’s Devin Setoguchi US$8,108.11 to high-stick Kyle Quincey of Detroit; Mark Giordano, Calgary, paid the price from slew-footing Antoine Roussel of Dallas, and the price was $10,000.

Foot-slewing? He slewed him, by foot. Foot-slewed him.

“I honestly thought during the game that it was a hold,” Giordano told Kristin Odland from The Calgary Herald. “I went in and grabbed the guy and engaged.”

Taylor Hall (@hallsy04): “Sunday off days are the best kind of off days #golf #amiright #mcDsbreaky.”

St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock reflected on Lindy Ruff’s dismissal from the bench in Buffalo: “When your team walks around in a fog, that’s your responsibility.”

The Sabres’ Thomas Vanek was sad to see the coach go. “There was no quit in him, there never will be,” said Vanek. “He’s in my eyes still the face in Buffalo.”

Ron Rolston took over. The CBC’s Elliotte Friedman talked to his younger brother, former NHLer Brian: “He asked me, ‘Do you have any words or suggestions? It’s difficult, because you’re starting with the treadmill at 10. I just told him, ‘You’ve been preparing for this a long time. It’s not rocket science. Do what you do, and you’ll be great.’”

“Happy birthday,” sang the crowd in Edmonton last night when Ryan Smyth scored a goal on the day he was turning 37. The only one the Oilers could muster, as it turned out: they lost 3-1.