Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Posted: 09/26/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0
TORONTO -- Phil Kessel laughed off the notion a couple of pre-season slashing incidents mean he needs to control his emotions better.
Last week he took swings at the Flyers Luke Schenn's shins because he didn't like his former teammate jabbing at him. Then there was Sunday night's brawl, when he slashed Sabres tough guy John Scott multiple times, earning a suspension for Toronto's final three pre-season games.
"I just think that the slashing and the hacking and whacking ... I just think it's better served to channel your energy in another way," coach Randy Carlyle said after the game against Philadelphia last week.
Kessel considers those situations more of an anomaly than the start of a troubling trend.
"I think my emotions are pretty good, in general," he said. "I just go and play."
Kessel is now a player with a record at the NHL's department of player safety. He escaped missing any regular-season games and the loss of salary that would entail, but the Leafs star will now be treated as a repeat offender.
That could mean tougher supplemental discipline if he gets in trouble in the future, and any suspension would carry with it a heavier loss of salary.
-- The Canadian Press
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 26, 2013 D9
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
NHL Playoff Capsules
Down 2-0 to Avs, Wild hope to redirect momentum
Bruins top Red Wings 4-1, even series at 1-1
Blackhawks try to regain footing without Seabrook
Stars don't feel like it's an 0-2 series vs. Ducks
Pivotal Game 3 awaits with Pens, CBJ tied at 1-1
Flyers rally to beat Rangers 4-2, even series
Blackhawks D Seabrook suspended for hit on Backes
Habs wary of history repeating itself
Why is daddy so ugly?
Jackets hit playoff payoff
NHL AWARD SEASON
Rugged Bruins need elbow room
Flyers call on Emery again
Blues have the OT knack