THE MORNING SKATE — Kichton on Isles, Fraser on Refs
Kevin Schultz , Islanders Point Blank:
Isles prospect Brenden Kichton spoke out rather cryptically on twitter the other day possibly, but not necessarily, on his contract situation. The Spokesman-Review, the Spokane Chiefs’ local paper caught up with Kichton who is quickly approaching the end of his junior career with the team he spent five seasons playing for.
“We haven’t come to terms with anything on a contract, so we’re kind of in a waiting stage right now, to see what they’re going to do and what my agent wants from them,” Kichton said.
The article also speaks with some of Kichton’s teammates, of which Kichton is the only one who has been drafted by an NHL team.
“Everything he does is to the best of his ability, whether it’s taping his stick, playing video games,” Chiefs winger Carter Proft told the Spokesman-Review. “He’s a competitor.”
The Chiefs have not responded to multiple requests from Point Blank to speak with Kichton.
KERRY FRASER WEIGHS IN ON OTTAWA
There were some controversial calls in the game against the Senators on Tuesday night. There was Keith Aucoin’s disallowed goal, cited to be no good due to a kicking motion, and a missed high sticking call on Mika Zibanejad that led to the Senators fourth goal, the game winner.
On TSN.ca, ex-ref Kerry Fraser chimed in on the calls, agreeing with the decision on the former and against that of the latter. Fraser says that while there wasn’t a distinct soccer-like kicking motion from Aucoin, that’s not the only thing that the rule is looking for:
As for Zibanejad’s high stick, Fraser doesn’t agree with how it was called on the ice:
Fraser’s full explanations are here.
THE MARGINAL FLOW ON NBC
In case you missed John Tavares’ interview on NBC with Bruce Beck from the other night: