by Patrick Hoffman on 11/20/09 at 11:54 AM ET
From friend of the blog Jim Cerny at Rink Rap:
I am not sure if it’s a black cloud or a full moon, but there’s something wreaking havoc on the National Hockey League so far this season.
As discussed here before, the amount of injuries to star players is off the charts. Plus there have been a string of strange incidents that add to the question: what the heck is going on here?
Two more stories from today fit right in with what has been par-for-the-course over the first quarter of the NHL season.
First, the Los Angeles Kings placed winger Ryan Smyth on Injured Reserve this morning. So down goes another star player—-and another one who was off to a very strong start this year. Smyth joins the likes of Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Jonathan Toews, Cam Ward, Brian Gionta, Simon Gagne, Sergei Gonchar, Roberto Luongo, Marc Savard, Joe Pavelski, and seemingly half of the entire Detroit Red Wings roster as star players forced to the sidelines for an extended period of time.
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