The Boston Bruins were recent 5-1 winners over the Detroit Red Wings. However, the Bruins may be completely removing the sheen from their torrid start to the NHL season.
Friday, the Bruins were announcing that they’d signed forward Mitchell Miller to a contract. For those who don’t remember him, Miller was a fourth-round selection in the 2020 NHL entry draft by the Arizona Coyotes. However, the Coyotes ended up renouncing their rights to Miller when some investigative journalism done by the Arizona Republic was revealing the for years, Miller and a fellow classmate has terrorized a developmentally-challenged African-American student at their school. The harassment was including using repeated racial slurs and physically demeaning him.
Miller also wound up losing his hockey scholarship to North Dakota.
Bruins Taking Heat
People in the game were quick to criticize Boston’s decision to sign Miller.
Nothing says “NHL Culture” like a coordinated Instagram apology by Mitchell Miller to “rehabilitate” him back to the league after victimizing & torturing someone for their race & disability for years. Every aspect of this is unsettling, including his representation.
— Akim Aliu (@Dreamer_Aliu78) November 5, 2022
The Bruins were issuing a statement insisting that Miler was repentent and apologetic for his actions. However, the victim’s mother was telling a different story. She’s stating that Miller only apologized to her son recently and it was via an Instagram post. He’s never said his was sorry in person.
Trade Talk In Montreal, Washington
Marco D’Amico of Montreal Hockey Now was looking at the most likely candidates that the Canadiens might be trading. There’s been NHL trade rumors that Montreal is shopping a forward.
Meanwhile, Sammi Silber of Washington Hockey Now is writing that a combination of injuries and inconsistent play is making is logical that the Washington Capitals will be looking to shake up their roster with some sort of deal.
Griffins Win On Berggren OT Penalty Shot
A former Detroit Red Wings prospect’s error led to a game-winning goal by a current Red Wings prospect on the mosst exciting play in hockey. Jonathan Berggren, scoring on a penalty shot in overtime, was giving the Grand Rapids Griffins a 5-4 victory over the Iowa Wild on Saturday.
— Grand Rapids Griffins (@griffinshockey) November 5, 2022
Berggren was awarded the free shot after Wild defenseman Joe Hicketts was ruled to have deliberately dislodged the net from its moorings. Hicketts played 22 games for the Red Wings and five seasons with the Grffins from 2016-21.
Scoring a goal, Taro Hirose was extending his point streak to five games. Pontus Andreasson dished out two helpers, with Givani Smith, Donovan Sebrango and Joel L’Esperance also scoring for Grand Rapids. Collecting an assist, Simon Edvinsson is now tied for first in assists among rookies with seven.
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- Ville Husso is staking his claim to the No. 1 goaltending role with the Red Wings
- Igor Larionov was the only member of the famed Russian Five to get out of Russia to attend this week’s celebrations of Detroit’s 1996-97 and 1997-98 Stanley Cup wins
- Injured defenseman Mark Pysyk is back on the ice practicing with the Red Wings
- DHN’s Bob Duff guest on the Washington Capitals pre-game show to discuss all things Red Wings
Hockey Now Network
Pittsburgh: It’s hard to decipher which has Penguins defenseman Kris Letang feeling worse – the virus he’s been fighting the past 10 day, or the team’s current 0-5-1 skid. Pittsburgh Penguins
Philadelphia: The Flyers might not be getting it done on the ice, but their blue book value is off the charts. Philadelphia Flyers
Montreal: Cole Caufield is evolving into more than just a goal scorer for the Canadiens. Montreal Canadiens
Are Bruins True Contenders?
Boston: Off to a 10-1 start, are the Bruins legit Stanley Cup contenders? Boston Bruins
Islanders: Potential bad news for the Red Wings. Brock Nelson, a 37-goal scorer last season, is arriving in Detroit on Saturday after breaking his season goose egg with a two-goal performance against the Carolina Hurricanes. New York Islanders
Colorado: Forward Andrew Cogliano was able to continue following a scary-looking head injury during the Avalanche’s game in Finland against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Colorado Avalanche
San Jose: Luke Kunin was kicked out of the game for a head shot to Florida’s Patric Honrqvist, but woun dup suffering no supplementary discipline for the high hit. San Jose Sharks
Vegas: The one-year annversary of the Jack Eichel trade. Vegas Golden Knights
Calgary: Coach Darryl Sutter is finding the play of his struggling Flames to be concerning. Calgary Flames