Short of a trade, there's not much news in the NHL that's more uncomfortable to deliver than telling a player he's scratched.
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville sounded like he weighed his words seriously when approaching winger Kris Versteeg with this earlier in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
"We've had some guys in the playoffs this year that have experience (but) missed some games," Quenneville said. "It wasn't because of health issues. Those are always challenging situations for a coach or a player. How it's received can be delicate."
Versteeg, Quenneville said, "certainly was not happy" with being benched...