When asked if his new prized acquisition will pair with team captain — and fellow All Star — Ryan McDonagh on the team’s top defensive pairing, Gorton demurred, leaving that decision to head coach Alain Vigneault.
However, the GM did add, “We’re bringing him here to play a lot.”
And what of the pressure of being the high-priced hometown kid at MSG?
“There’s going to be a lot of pressure, but that’s something that is exciting to me,” answered Shattenkirk, who grew up north of New York City in Westchester County. “As a local boy I had a chance to experience it as a fan, and now I welcome it. No matter where you go, you’re trying to win your team a Stanley Cup, and there’s no better place to try and do it for me than in New York.”=
And yet the people who work in that department did nothing to punish Wingels. He was not fined. He will not be suspended, according to NBC’s Pro Hockey Talk. The pretenders at Player Safety didn’t have much to say publicly. But then, no one there has said much at all during the playoffs. The last tweet from that office’s Twitter account announced a small fine against Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl for spearing. That was on April 19.
In the opposite locker room, Capitals coach Barry Trotz defended Cheap Blank Hockey Jerseys Niskanen, who doesn’t carry a reputation as a dirty player and has never been suspended in 10 NHL seasons.
“I thought it was a hockey play,” Trotz told reporters. “Crosby (was) Cheap Authentic NBA Jerseys coming down. (Niskanen) just sort of ran into him.”
Niskanen called the play “unfortunate,” adding “I certainly didn’t mean to injure him.”
“I think he’s coming across, trying to score,” he said. “As he’s doing that, he’s getting lower and lower. And when it’s happening that fast, my stick and his head [collided]. I wasn’t extending, trying to hit him in the head. It happened quickly.