Head coach Rod Brind’Amour spoke to the media prior to practice and gave a few updates on players.
On Petr Mrazek’s status: We originally thought it wasn’t going to be as long as it’s taking. He had to get some stuff done or pins out, I don’t know the whole story, but we’re on track. It’s just that we were hoping that it would have been a little quicker. I don’t really have an update. We were hoping to see him a couple of weeks ago and it didn’t happen.
On Teuvo Teravainen’s status: I just talked to Turbo about a minute ago. He’s going on the ice this morning, but he doesn’t feel ready or anything. I would say that’s still a ways away unfortunately.
On Dante Fabbro’s elbow on Brock McGinn: I can’t even comment on this stuff because, honestly, I don’t understand what the rules are. It’s that simple because if that isn’t one, then I don’t know what is. That’s the way I look at it. It was a clear elbow to the head as far as I can see, so I would assume that’s what would be a major penalty. But like I’ve said all along, it’s too hard to referee our sport in time. They’ve got four guys out there that didn’t see it. I didn’t see it live. But two seconds later, we can all look at it. You at home or wherever, you can see on a quick replay that that was obviously what it was. Intentional or not, which I don’t think it was it was just how it happened, that would be a five-minute major. We don’t do it that way so I don’t know.
On Brock McGinn: He seems okay. He’s not going to skate this morning, but he seems alright.
On having an official off the ice: You’ve got to get these guys some help. Putting more guys onto the ice to watch it live doesn’t help, because there’s no way you can tell live if anything is a penalty or not. It happens too fast. These guys are great at doing it and figuring it out most of the time, but if they actually had a quick second or someone in there ear to say, ‘Hey. Was that actually what I saw?” we’d have these things corrected at least way more than we have now in my opinion. They need a little help. It’s not fair that we, as coaches, can look down two seconds after it happened and tell whether or not it was a penalty. They don’t get that. They should be getting that, it would help immensely I think.