TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger gathered for the latest installment of Insider Trading and the topics discussed were the suspensions to Coyotes forward Paul Bissonnette and Leafs forward David Clarkson for leaving the bench to get involved in fights, hybrid icing and players who are and aren't making a splash in the pre-season.
Does Phoenix Coyotes forward Paul Bissonnette have a valid case for appealing his 10-game suspension for leaving the bench to get involved in a fight?
Darren Dreger - He may have a case. It's ultimately going to be determined; was it a legal line change vs. an illegal line change? He received the automatic 10-game suspension because it was viewed to be illegal. There is a process in the new CBA that you have to go through. Gary Bettman is the first rung up the ladder of the appeal process and if he doesn't adjust the total, Bissonnette does have another option where he goes to a neutral decision arbitrator and all of this has to happen in the next handful of days before the beginning of the regular season.
Will Leafs forward David Clarkson appeal his suspension for the same infraction?
Pierre LeBrun - David Clarkson will not appeal his suspension, telling reporters after Tuesday's game that he has decided not to. That is the only decision to be had. He had zero chance and grounds to change the mind of Gary Bettman or a neutral arbitrator that he didn't deserve 10 games. The evidence is clear cut and it took a while for him to get to that decision over the last couple days but he made the right one.
Will hybrid icing be in the NHL this season?
Darren Dreger - The good news is the NHL and the NHLPA have agreed on the language for hybrid icing which has been finalized. Keep in mind, the Players' Association does have to sign off on this, so between the end of this week and Monday, the PA will conduct a full membership vote to see if they have the approval. The concern is, as the defencemen were getting pasted in the old system, well now maybe it's reversed because if the forward gains the edge, he might be in jeopardy but it's better than what is already in play.
Where are we with the possibility of NHL expansion into Seattle?
Darren Dreger - The Commissioner's office, Gary Bettman and Bill Daly met with Chris Hansen, who is the project manager trying to get that new area built in Seattle. That meeting was on Tuesday and they will continue to monitor, but there is no official push for an expansion any time soon.
Who are some players that are and aren't making an impression in the NHL pre-season?
Bob McKenzie - Dustin Penner is under the gun with the Anaheim Ducks. It would be fair to say they are a little underwhelmed with what he has done so far. They have given him every opportunity to be the left winger on the line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry but he has not taken advantage. In the pre-season game on Tuesday between the Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings, Penner is getting another chance with the big line but the chances might be running out for him if he doesn't step up his game.
Bob McKenzie - Tyler Toffoli, who scored some great goals in the playoffs last year and Linden Vey, who was really good with Manchester, they have played well enough to be on the Kings, but they can be sent to the minors without waivers and right now, there is a body crunch and cap crunch with the Kings. They are trying to move either Keaton Ellerby or Jeff Schultz. They have nine NHL defencemen because of a healthy Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene, so some of those deserving players might get sent down.
Bob McKenzie - Jake Allen has been the best goaltender bar none, better than Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott for the St. Louis Blues but he's quite likely going to get demoted because he can be sent down. Halak and Elliott looks like the one-two punch to start the season for the Blues.
Pierre LeBrun - Valeri Nichushkin is a dark horse for the Calder Trophy and he has absolutely dazzled in Dallas with two goals on nine shots in his first pre-season game for the Stars. Sergei Gonchar is from the same hometown in Russia and has been a great influence. He was rated top three by the Stars on their draft list and a lot of people were scared to draft him because of the possibility of playing in the KHL, but they were lucky to get him at number 10.
Darren Dreger - Tim Thomas could play for the Florida Panthers as early as Thursday. He's been really good in training camp.
Pierre LeBrun - Jose Theodore has an offer to play in the KHL. He isn't sure he's going to take it at this point but there is interest.