An article that promises to be more and more interesting as the season progresses. So far 33 games lost to suspensions.
We saw in the preseason Shanahan was willing to put his foot on the suspension pedal. Eight players started the season on the sidelines because they received supplementary discipline as deemed by Sherriff Shanahan, and there was a handful more who did not suit up because of lingering post-concussion symptoms.
As a reference, CBCSports.ca will keep track this season of players who suffer concussions and man games lost as a result as well as suspensions levied by Shanahan.
"It’s good to come along with the same group of guys," said forward Matt Duchene, 20, the third overall pick in the 2009 entry draft. "You’re developing every day together."
However, the Avalanche shot out of the gate and went into Monday’s game against the Leafs with a 4-1 record. Johnson says the pundits may be surprised but the players are not.
"I think the easy prediction for everyone was to say we’d be at the bottom of the Western Conference this year," he said. "I think we knew in this room what we had."
Now, it looks like the same fate will befall Spott and the Rangers with Swedish import Gabriel Landeskog, the No. 2 pick from the June draft who appears destined to remain with the Colorado Avalanche rather than return to junior.
"We were prepared for that," Spott said Monday before Landeskog and the Avs beat the Maple Leafs 3-2 in overtime. "I thought he was the best player in the draft. He’s mature beyond his years.
"Both he and Skinner were so dialled into being NHL players. They were doing the right things from the start. They didn’t need anyone to tell them to go to the weight room."
And a recap of the Leafs-Avalanche game.
Giguere, meanwhile, is on to his next student. The veteran goaltender, who previously mentored Ilya Bryzgalov and Jonas Hiller in Anaheim, is now showing the ropes to Semyon Varlamov in Colorado. Of course, that might not last too long.
"They’re stealing my jobs," joked Giguere, who is on a two-year contract. "I guess in a way it could be flattering. These guys all have amazing talent. They all have something that if they were willing to work they would be good goaltenders. I’m glad that I was playing with these guys, because they always pushed me. I knew if I wasn’t playing my best, these guys would step up and take my job."