Dylan Larkin and Mathieu Joseph have apologized to each other after their hit and punch exchange during Saturday’s Tampa Bay Lightning comeback win over the Detroit Red Wings. The two players texted and apologized to each other, agreeing to put the fight in the past. Joseph was given a penalty for his high hit, and Larkin was given a one-game suspension by the league for his punch.
Both players apologized for their actions during their respective practices on Monday, with Larkin saying the suspension was warranted and Joseph understanding that while he tried to bail out of the hit that it didn’t work.
Red Wings C Dylan Larkin says one game suspension for punching TBL Mathieu Joseph "was warranted." Said he shouldn't have reacted the way he did. But he had "so much anger" from what he went through after neck injury in April, when there was no disciplinary action against Benn.— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) October 18, 2021
Mathieu Joseph on hit on Larkin: "Borderline hit from me. Never want to injure the guy. It happened really fast. The puck jumped over his stick... I was already committed. I tried to push him. With the speed I had, it looked like I was hitting him from behind. I hope he's okay."— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) October 16, 2021
Respectful, admirable stuff from both.
In more fun news, Steven Stamkos has been named the third star of the first week of the NHL season. He scored three goals and seven points in just three games.
Anze Kopitar (@LAKings), Alex Ovechkin (@Capitals) and Steven Stamkos (@TBLightning) have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Oct. 17.#NHLStats: https://t.co/vcgYYIVFLU pic.twitter.com/3k9IriOdzj— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) October 18, 2021
Following suit, Syracuse Crunch forward Jimmy Huntington earned the AHL’s Player of the Week honors. Huntington scored a goal in the season opener on Friday, and following it up with a hat trick on Saturday. The Crunch forward leads the league in goals, naturally, and is tied for second in points after the first weekend of play.
Turning to more serious news, you’ve probably already heard about Nikita Kucherov’s injury update. It doesn’t look good and they are hoping to see a specialist before deciding on surgery or not. [Raw Charge]
“Today during the first team practice since the game, the initial word on the injury is that it’s not positive and surgery could be involved. Kucherov had hip surgery last season and missed all of the 56-game regular season. At the moment it’s unclear how long Kucherov will be out; he is reportedly trying to see a specialist to determine whether surgery is needed or not.”
Slipping into some even more serious news, Evander Kane has been suspended without pay by the league for 21 games after falsifying his COVID-19 vaccination certificate. The San Jose Sharks, who have been trying to get rid of Kane for his myriad of off-ice issues, will not have to pay a quarter of Kane’s $7 million contract for this season. The NHL also investigated Kane’s sexual abuse allegations but couldn’t find concrete evidence for it. The NHL also had an investigation on Kane about his gambling on NHL games, which the league quickly said wasn’t true. There is a lot going on in the background here between the league, the team, and Kane’s agent presumably. Kane is in the fourth year of a seven-year contract.
Statement from the San Jose Sharks. pic.twitter.com/P25XxpiJgH— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) October 18, 2021
Evander Kane's 21-game suspension will cost him $35,000 in salary every day through Nov. 28.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 18, 2021
Section 18-A.2 of the NHL's CBA stipulates that players forfeit salary for every day they're unavailable after being disciplined for off-ice conduct.
And finally, hey do you guys remember Dennis Yan?