Two days after watching his best player and the NHL’s top rookie get injured in a takedown that had absolutely nothing to do with a hockey play, Vancouver coach Travis Green was toeing the NHL company line when it comes to what the league’s elite players must endure. Sure, he was upset Elias Pettersson had sustained a knee sprain when he was tugged down by Montreal’s Jesperi Kotkaniemi away from the play, but Green reasoned that Pettersson is an excellent player. “You have to remember, excellent players have little hooks and holds, and you try to take away time and space,” Green said. “Watch the game. There are little hooks and holds that happen every play where there’s a stick on someone or someone is stepping in front of someone.”
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Ken Campbell, The Hockey News' senior writer, is in his second tour with the brand after an eight-year stint as a beat reporter for the Maple Leafs for the Toronto Star. The Sudbury native once tried out for the Ontario League's Wolves as a 30-year-old. Needless to say, it didn't work out.