Is Boston Bruins rookie forward Trent Frederic partly to blame for his teammate Brandon Carlo suffering a concussion after a devastating hit from Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson?
Bruins fans’ instant reaction to that question is likely ‘Are you nuts?’ and then list a variety of valid reasons why such a theory is a stretch, to put it kindly. However, on Monday’s Sportsnet Hockey Central (a must-listen for every hockey fan), former NHLer, panel host, and FOBHN (friend of Boston Hockey Now), Anthony Stewart made what this scribe thinks was at least a valid argument that Frederic needs to be refreshed on some of the unwritten codes that as Stewart pointed out, still exist in today’s NHL.
You’ll recall, in the game, before Wilson hit Carlo in the Bruins’ 5-1 win Friday and was then subsequently suspended seven games by the NHL Department of Player Safety, Frederic decided that his prey for agitating would be Capitals captain and future hall of famer Alexander Ovechkin. That resulted in Ovechkin spearing Frederic in the nether regions and getting the max fine from the NDPS. It was crystal clear from the get-go Friday night, that Wilson wanted a piece of Frederic but even when Frederic obliged, the referees broke it up before anything could materialize. The Caps rugged winger also just missed on an open-ice hit attempt on Frederic. So, Wilson decided he’d go after any Bruin after that and he did.
“And he answered the bell twice,” Stewart said of Frederic. “So what are you [Wilson] going to do? You gonna do it again? If I’m Boston, leave it alone. Leave it alone and let’s get back to playing hockey now because there are some guys that can really, really hurt you and Tom Wilson is one of those guys too but if I’m Boston, I’m going to Frederic and like:
‘Hey! You can’t do that man. You can play hard; you can play tough, but play honest. And, there’s other guys that you want to go around and pick fights? Then go fight [Zdeno Chara], go fight Tom Wilson. I’m telling you now because something worse could’ve happened. A guy could’ve got hit from behind, a guy could’ve gotten drove into the ice.’
That’s what happens in the league and I’m just trying to give an inside look into the league because when I saw that happen, I was like ‘This is going to be bad, not just for Trent Frederic but somebody else is gonna get it.'”
That’s exactly what happened and Carlo is now sitting at home with a concussion. Stewart went on to remind co-hosts Jeff Marek and Justin Bourne what would’ve happened back in the day if a player went after Wayne Gretzky the way Frederic targeted Ovechkin.
“And again, I hate to see guys get hurt but Trent Frederic has some responsibility in this and that’s the thing,” Stewart said. “You still can’t just run around and there are still some unwritten rules in the game and going after the stars and trying to embarrass them, you cannot do that; I’m telling you, you cannot do that.”
Click here to listen to more of Stewart’s take on the hit and Frederic.
Now on to the rest of your BHN Daily Links:
In my latest National Hockey Now ‘Off The Record’ column, I reported that Boston Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk’s name is popping up more in NHL Trade chatter now. On Sunday night, Debrusk failed to light the lamp for a seventh straight game and was basically invisible. He now has just one goal in 17 games and as my partner in crime Joe Haggerty wrote Monday, it appears the team’s patience is wearing thin with DeBrusk. (Boston Hockey Now)
Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask appeared to injure his lower back in the 1-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils Sunday night and may not make the trip to Long Island for the Bruins’ tilt with the New York Islanders on Tuesday. (Boston Hockey Now)
Warning to Don Sweeney, you may not want to read this look at the 2015 NHL Draft class (TSN)
Per Sportsnet Insider Chris Johnston, the NHL is discussing some major changes to the NHL Draft Lottery:
The NHL is proposing changes to the draft lottery that would see:
* teams limited to no more than two lottery wins in a five-year period
* teams only allowed to jump 10 spots with a lottery win
* a reduction in the number of picks decided by lottery from three to two
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) March 8, 2021
National Hockey Now
Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin is finding his game finally and a lot of it has to so with the chemistry he’s formed with Kasperi Kapanen (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
The Florida Panthers lost to the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday but that didn’t diminish a huge milestone for Milton, MA native Keith Yandle (Florida Hockey Now)
Is it time for the San Jose Sharks to move on from goalie Martin Jones? (San Jose Hockey Now)
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