Dallas Stars: Daniel Paille

Ray Sawada back to AHL

February, 25, 2011

The Dallas Stars have taken right wing Raymond Sawada off injured reserve and are sending him back to the Texas Stars of the AHL.

Sawada played one game for Dallas during his call-up, suffering a shoulder injury in the February 3 game against Boston when he was blindsided by Bruins forward Daniel Paille, who got a four-game suspension for the hit.

Sawada, 26, has played 11 NHL games in his career, registering one goal. He has 17 points (7 goals, 10 assists) in 36 games with Texas this season.

Paille reaches out to Sawada

February, 6, 2011
Bruins forward Daniel Paille has called Stars forward Raymond Sawada to talk about the hit in Thursday's game that left Sawada with a shoulder injury and broken nose and Paille sitting out four games due to an suspension.

James Murphy of ESPNBoston.com has the details here.

Saturday morning tidbits

February, 5, 2011
There is some history between Stars forward Adam Burish and Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger dating to last season's Stanley Cup Final, when Burish was a Blackhawk. Tonight's Stars-Flyers game would have been the first time Burish and Pronger were on the ice together since then, but it won't happen now that Burish is back in Dallas with an injury. It's still a story in the Philadelphia media, and you can read it here in Courier-Post.

There was plenty of stuff out of Boston in the aftermath of Daniel Paille's four-game suspension for the hit on Ray Sawada on Thursday night.

Paille was surprised at the length of the suspension and told his side of the story here at ESPNBoston.com.

Bruins coach Claude Julien said he thinks some of the responsibility lies with the players getting hit. Again, the story from ESPNBoston.com.

Boston defenseman Andrew Ference said after the game that Paille's hit looked like a bad one and that teams can't have it both ways -- saying it's bad when it's your guy gets hit and then having to defend it when your guy does the hitting. That apparently didn't go over too well with Paille, according to The Bruins Blog.

Daniel Paille suspended four games

February, 4, 2011
The NHL has suspended Boston Bruins forward Daniel Paille four games for his hit on Stars forward Ray Sawada in last night’s game.

"Paille delivered a lateral hit where the principal point of contact was his opponent's head," said Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy. "Additionally, the injury suffered by the Dallas player was a factor in this decision."

Paille received a major penalty and a game misconduct for the hit in the second period of last night’s 6-3 victory by the Bruins, a fight-filled game that saw a total of 91 penalty minutes assessed.

The suspension will cost Paille $23,118 in salary.

Sawada, called up to Dallas from the Texas Stars of the AHL on Wednesday, suffered a broken nose and sprained shoulder on the hit, according to Stars coach Marc Crawford.

Sawada was scheduled to fly back to Dallas to be evaluated by doctors along with forward Adam Burish and Krys Barch, who were also injured in the game.

Burish has been placed on injured reserve and the Stars have recalled Francis Wathier from the Texas Stars. Travis Morin is also expected to rejoin the team in Philadelphia later today. The Stars are also trying to recall Colton Sceviour, but he may not be able to join the team due to travel issues because of the weather. If the Stars are unable to bring Sceviour up they may have to use 11 forwards and 7 defenseman in Saturday’s game against the Flyers.

Also missing from the Dallas lineup are forwards Jamie Benn (shoulder), Tom Wandell (shoulder) and Toby Petersen (leg).

Quotable: Ference on the Paille hit

February, 4, 2011
Here's a quote from Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference on the hit Bruins forward Daniel Paille put on Stars forward Ray Sawada in Thursday night's game. Paille was given a major penalty for an illegal shot to the head and will be facing a possible suspension. Sawada didn't return to the game and is listed as having an upper body injury.
"I mean it’s a bad hit, right? That’s what they’re trying to get rid of and you can’t be hypocritical about it when it happens to you, and say it’s fine when your teammate does it. It’s a hit they’re trying to get rid of. I mean you hear it from every player after they do it, they feel bad, and same thing, I talked to Danny and he feels bad. It’s tough, that backchecking forward, to make those kind of hits, it’s so hard to do it in a clean fashion, with the new rules. It is what it is. He hurt the guy, and I’m sure he’ll have a conversation."

Here's the hit: