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NHL fines NJ Devils defenseman Colin White $2,500 for hit on Sean Bergenheim

By Rich Chere/The Star-Ledger

January 26, 2010, 12:29PM

Colin White said he never tried to hurt Sean Bergenheim when he hit the Islanders forward from behind during Saturday night's game at Nassau Coliseum, but it still cost him $2,500.

whitehindash.jpgDevils deefenseman Colin White (left) was fined $2,500 by the NHL for his hit on Sean Bergenheim of the Islanders.With the 5:00 boarding and game misconduct penalties against White, the incident was automatically reviewed by the league. White had a hearing via telephone on Monday.

"Just a fine, something like $2,500," White told me. "I'm not missing any games."

A suspension would have come as a shock to the veteran defenseman.

"I didn't think there would be a suspension," he said. "I didn't even think there would be a hearing."

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Devils junior prospect Patrice Cormier, of course, did not fare so well. He was suspended on Monday for the remainder of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League season, as well as the playoffs. That is a maximum of 48 games (20 regular season and potentially 28 playoff games.

Cormier issued a statement:

“I fully respect the Quebec Major Junior League’s decision regarding the Mikael Tam incident,” Cormier said. “I deeply regret the circumstances surrounding this event and wish Mikael Tam a speedy and full recovery."

Most Devils players feel the punishment was fair.

"I don't think I was surprised," Zach Parise said of the suspension. "I hate to say it, but that was dirty."

Linemate Jamie Langenbrunner offered his view.

"I do believe they got the suspension right," Langenbrunner said. "You never want to see that. But they probably suspended him for the result more than the action. If the kid (Tam) gets back up, he (Cormier) probably gets two games. That's something I don't like."

I will have much more on this subject later today.

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It won't be Brodeur vs. Brodeur Tuesday night since Brian Elliott will start in goal for the Senators instead of Mike Brodeur.

Mike Brodeur, who says he is a distant relative to Martin, said he is disappointed.

"Definitely. I'd love to play against Marty," he told me. "It would be a dream come true."

Martin has said the two aren't related, which brought a smile to Mike's face.

"I don't know for sure," he said. "Maybe my uncle i just blowing smoke. If there is a connection, it's way down there. But it's a cool name to have, for sure. He's made it cool."

Martin said he has asked his father about Mike and there is no connection.

"I didn't think he was my cousin until he had the shutout and beat Montreal," Marty said. "Now he's my cousin."

What would Bodeur vs. Brodeur have been like?

"It would be tough for the announcers," Martin said. "Or easier."



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Posted by nj-in-va
January 26, 2010, 12:44PM

It ok White everyone knows that you didn't mean to hurt Bergenheim.The 5 min penalty now makes half of your total penalty time all year.

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Posted by Matt
January 26, 2010, 1:06PM

It was a costly 5 minutes - almost cost us the game. Still - I've seen worse that doesn't even get a call let alone a 5/GM and fine.

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Posted by rolston12
January 26, 2010, 1:09PM

Atleast he has something by the PIM list. Interesting rumor going on now. Zharkov and a pick for Ray Whitney. Seems reasonable.

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Posted by Matt
January 26, 2010, 1:15PM

Sounds like a Lou move.

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Posted by sadmachine
January 26, 2010, 1:25PM

Ugh! Why would we trade Zharkov?! That kid has great potential!

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Posted by fincognito
January 26, 2010, 1:39PM

I could see that trade happening. That wouldn't be so bad either. Lets also make a case for Matt Stajan. He is an UFA after this season and Burke would accept a pick and prospect for Stajan. How bout Halishuck and 2nd Round for Stajan.

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Posted by rolston12
January 26, 2010, 2:04PM

Whitney's got about 2 or 3 good years comming. Stajan would be a good fit here but I just don't see how Burke would give up 26 year old number 1 or 2 center in Stajan to get Halischuk and a 2nd round pick... He'll want a 1st round pick to try to draft a center like Stajan. Whitney is more likely to come to NJ then Stajan.

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Posted by blurtinc
January 26, 2010, 2:59PM

Stajan, Whitney or someone else; the Devils need a second line center to take the pressure off Travis Zajac. Personally, I liked the way Elias played but the coach seems to feel he should be a winger. And the coach he usually gets his way.

One thing is for sure, neither Niedermayer, Zubrus, Pelley or McAmmond is the answer and without a offensive second line center, the Devils are going nowhere come the playoffs.

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Posted by Devils Advocate
January 26, 2010, 3:01PM

You guys would make horrible GMs.

Zharkov alone is too much for Ray Whitney, who is about done. A lower level prospect and pick should be enough. Matt Stajan is, at best, a number 2 center whose best numbers came when Phil Kessel was riding shotgun with him and scoring. Same deal - a lower level prospect and/or pick.

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Posted by devilfan007
January 26, 2010, 3:21PM

Devils Advocate - Amen brother...

I have to admit that some of these "proposed trades" make me laugh. Lou will get what we need when the time comes - and no one will see it coming either.

Go DEVS!!! We need to finish out this stretch before the Olympics strong.

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Posted by devilsallday
January 26, 2010, 4:46PM

i read the devs have asked about steve staios, also it's more likely whitney goes to pittsburgh...i'd def take stajan...matt cullen is also supposed to be available...colby armstrong i think would fit nice...i also saw that the devs asked about mike madano but he doesn't seem like he wants to leave dallas...

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Posted by rolston12
January 26, 2010, 5:43PM

O god not Modano. Still I don't think Stajan would be traded. How about Daymond Langkow? 30 points, +2, logs 19-20 minutes of ice time. Calgary is falling and Langkow would fit with Elias and either Bergfors or Rolston. Langkow and Phaneuf for Walter, Halischuk and a 2nd pick.

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