According to several Sharks players, during a game last week Stevens called San Jose enforcer Brantt Myhres a "drunk" and told him to "have another beer." Just two months ago the 24-year-old Myhres completed six weeks of treatment for alcohol dependency, his second rehab stint in a year. Stevens didn't deny his verbal attack but downplayed it by saying it came "in the heat of battle."
That's no excuse. Stevens's words were all the more appalling given that his longtime teammate Ken Daneyko spent seven weeks in an alcohol treatment center last season and recently counseled Myhres on staying sober.
We can't endorse Myhres's vigilante plans—he says that when the Devils and the Sharks play next week, he "hopes we get a lead, so I can go after him"—but when Myhres says that Stevens is "an idiot," we have to agree.
The Net Results Are Hurting
Calgary had surrendered 127 goals through Sunday—third worst in the league—and if you wanted to point fingers at its goal-tending, you would have needed two hands. Six netminders have started for the Flames this season, putting Calgary on pace to smash the Nordiques' 1989-90 record of seven.
Ken Wregget started the Flames' first 11 games before going on injured reserve with back spasms on Nov. 3. Then Tyler Moss, who had six games of NHL experience, and rookie Jean-Sebastien Giguere split time until Moss tore a groin muscle on Dec. 11. Two weeks later Giguere pulled a hamstring, so Andrei Trefilov, who had been acquired from the Blackhawks' minor league system, stepped in. Trefilov played five games before straining a groin muscle on Jan. 4, paving the way for 20-year-old rookie Tyrone Garner, who had been in juniors. After Garner allowed 10 goals in two games, the Flames, who at week's end had lost eight straight and fallen into last place in the Northwest Division with a 12-24-3 record, signed 26-year-old free agent Fred Brathwaite, who had been playing with the Canadian national team.
Though he hadn't appeared in the NHL in three years, Brathwaite started Calgary's game last Friday against the Stars and was introduced as Jeff Brathwaite during pregame introductions. Then he made 21 saves, and the Flames won 1-0, an outcome Calgary winger Theo Fleury explained by saying, "Anything is possible."