Morning Hits: Rinne, Nolan, Sabres, Panthers, Drewiske, Bolland and Orlov Has Phone Hearing

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: He hasn’t officially been recalled by the Predators, but Pekka Rinne could be returning to the team with week after his second rehab start with Milwaukee of the AHL.

    “Now I’m looking forward to getting back to Nashville and hopefully get some ice time there and help the guys make the playoffs,” Rinne told reporters in Milwaukee.

  • Bill Hoppe: Sabres GM Tim Murray on interim coach Ted Nolan: “If he wants to be here, I want him to be our coach.”
  • John Vogl: Sabres Predsident Ted Black when asked if Pat LaFontaine resigned to avoid being fired, “As per comments at the press conference and as was in the release yesterday, Pat resigned.”
  • George Richards: There might be some news regarding Panthers management, but there is nothing to confirm just yet. Richards has been hearing some things the past few days.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Canadiens put Davis Drewiske on waivers yesterday.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs Dave Bolland ruled himself out tonight.
  • NHL Player Safety: Capitals Dmitry Orlov will have a phone hearing today for his hit on Flyers Brayden Schenn.

How many games do you think Orlov SHOULD get? How many games do you think he WILL get?


  1. jeff

    03/03/2014 at 8:35 am

    Maybe the Panthers hired Lafontaine! #SabresJoke

  2. Matt

    03/03/2014 at 8:38 am

    I think he SHOULD get around 5 games for that. Even though Schenn was not seriously hurt, he very well could have been with a viscous hit like that. That is the kind of hit the NHL is trying to get rid of, where Orlov had AMPLE time to change angles, slow up, or do anything to avoid an illegal check, but he decided to make that hit and risk seriously injuring Schenn. Because he doesn’t have a past history, I think he will get around 2, though. Seems like in the past two games between Philly and Washington, they have really targeted Schenn. Not sure if this is intentional or not, but it is interesting.

  3. Mathieu

    03/03/2014 at 9:24 am

    I think he sould get 5 to 8 games because the feet leave the ground and a hit by behind at high speed but Schenn don’t have a injury and Orlov don’t have history so I will get maybe 2 games or less.

  4. David

    03/03/2014 at 9:32 am

    I think he should get 6 games. He will probably get 4 though. Capitals are so freakin dirty. Last time tom Wilson had a huge illegal hit on schenn, this time he ran over mason intentionally. Now Orlov tries to hurt schenn

  5. Nate

    03/03/2014 at 9:41 am

    @David Capitals are dirty? Are you kidding me? Wilson’s hit was deemed not dirty, plus we are talking about a Flyers team who by far is dirty. But I think Orlov will get a max of 5 games, but since he has no history and Schenn was not injured, he will get probably 3 because he also left his feet.

  6. Matt

    03/03/2014 at 9:44 am

    And how are the flyers dirty? Yes, they have the most major penalties this year, but every single one of them is a fighting major. There are no hits like this coming from Philly. Your opinion is based on the Flyers history as the Broad St. Bullies. Time to stop living in the 70’s and 80’s.


    03/03/2014 at 9:51 am

    Capitals are dirty? LMFAO Hi Kettle, you’re black.

    Also Wilson hit was clean. No suspension and shouldn’t even been called a penalty.

    Philly is such a shithole.

  8. bri

    03/03/2014 at 10:25 am

    There should be no suspension.

  9. EastCoastHockeyFan

    03/03/2014 at 10:33 am

    Orlov will most likely get 3 games due to the no injury and no prior history. he should get 2-3 for the hit but i am SICK of players turning there back, its a fast paced game, nothing against Schenn BUT he knew Orlov was coming and knew he would finish his check, Schenn rolled in turned his numbers out and waited for the hit, he knew it was coming and was braced for it. players are doing this nightly putting them selves at risk to draw the call because they know the ref’s are being pushed to watch for it. anyone that has EVER played knows not to stop up and turn your back on a race to the puck on the boards, the man behind you is coming at speed and is looking to finish the hit. its how the game is played… just pisses me off, i think anyone that puts them self in this position with out showing due diligence to avoid letting it happen should start getting reprimanded as well as the person finishing the check it should be EVERYONE’S responsibility for player safety, that means the ones giving and the ones receiving.

  10. andrew

    03/03/2014 at 11:33 am

    orlov was mad that schenn hit him earlier in the shift. this is what you call targeting. he was going to his schenn nomatter what position he was in. this is running a player into the boards as hard as you can, jumping to hit him high and driving your forearm into the back of his shoulders.

  11. michael goulet

    03/03/2014 at 1:33 pm

    mark you accidentally wrote holland in the headlines instead of bolland lol

  12. EastCoastHockeyFan

    03/03/2014 at 2:04 pm

    you are right andrew, that is exactly what it was and that is why orlov should get 3 games, but schenn was fully aware that orlov was bearing down on him, you seen him shoulder check make sure he was coming then pivoted turned his numbers out and waited for the hit. schenn could of and should of chipped the puck to the corner like he did but then then given chase in to re collect it. instead he stopped up and turned his numbers to set orlov up for the call.
    any one that does this so blatantly SHOULD receive the same call as the player dealing the hit, both of them should be out 3 games

  13. matt

    03/03/2014 at 7:07 pm

    these couple game suspensions are a joke until they start really handing out major suspensions for major incidents plays like this will never stop. Orlov wanted to hurt schenn, he wanted to pay him back for embarrissing him. Orlov’s intent was to break Schenn’s back. Play’s like that are a disgrace.