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from Fran Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
According to general manager Ron Hextall, Mason is ruled out for at least this weekend's games in Toronto and Winnipeg with an "upper-body" injury, but the team would not commit to any timeline after that.
That doesn't necessarily mean Mason will miss only this weekend. Hextall said the team will provide an update on Monday and would not comment further.
The scene yesterday was ominous. With the help of the training staff, Mason was flipped over to his back - where he stayed for a period of time - before sitting up and finally making it to his feet. He was then helped off the ice, unable to skate off under his own power....
R.J. Umberger said Mason's injury "looked like" a back issue, noting Mason "grabbed something behind him" when he "reached for a puck" to make a save.
Luke Schenn saw Mason go down and had his own theory.
"It looked like he was going into a spasm or whatever it was," Schenn said. "I'm not even sure. You never know if it's dehydration or anything like that.
update 12:06pm, via Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
“He sees the specialist on Monday and we’ll find out more,” Hextall said. “I talked to him and the doctor does not have a hands-on [feeling] for Mase yet. He’s talked to [trainer] Jimmy [McCrossin].
“I’m optimistic is won’t be long. Until you get the information you don’t know for sure. I don’t anticipate it being a long time but it could change.”
Mark Scheifele forgot about keeping his head on a swivel and paid for it last night. Two minutes for interference on Milan Lucic.
A little longer video below, but not as easy to see the hit.
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
Hockey can be great, and hockey can be, uh, gross.
Think of how germs can spread in school classrooms, college dormitories or everyday offices. Now think of how they can spread in NHL dressing rooms, bench areas or ice rinks.
These guys play in petri dishes filled with snot, spit, sweat and blood. Despite the best efforts of medical, training and equipment staffs – better manned, educated and equipped than ever before – they exchange bodily fluids easily and often.
A hockey sweater might as well be a motel comforter.
“Who knows what gets on you?” said New York Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck. “It’s pretty gross. It really is.”
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
After an internal review of Clayton Stoner’s hit on Max Pacioretty, the Player Safety Committee announced this morning that no subsequent action will be taken against the Ducks player. Even though there appeared to be no malice on the part of Stoner, it is my opinion that a formal hearing should have been convened based on the illegal cross-check which caused Pacioretty to launch face-first into the glass and resulted in injury. At the very least, Stoner should have been be fined for the careless act that warranted a cross-checking major and game misconduct in the game.
continued and watch the hit below if you missed it...
Also, Pacioretty did not practice today and is listed as day-to-day.
"I look at it a bit differently in the sense that we're a good team and I get a lot of phone calls because people want our players, and that's a positive. You're always nervous when you're a GM and your phone never rings because that means the opposition doesn't want your players, and that's not a good feeling.
"So, I'm excited about our team. I don't think we're going to be overly active. I like the way the guys are playing. When you look at the (Patrik) Berglund's and the (Alexander) Steen's and (T.J.) Oshie's and these guys, these guys are starting to find their rhythm.
"We're a team that was built in the summer, and with the caveat that if we can improve our team, we'll always look at doing it. But we can't control the rumors and things like that. It's just today's society, with cell phones and the digital age, it's easy to get some traction, but that's just the nature of the beast."
-Doug Armstrong, GM of the St. Louis Blues on trade talk. More from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
NEW YORK, December 19, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Cam Talbot on a contract extension.
Talbot, 27, has appeared in seven games with the Rangers this season, posting a 2-3-1 record, along with a 2.34 GAA, a .921 SV%, and two shutouts. He is tied for ninth in the NHL in shutouts in 2014-15, and he is the only NHL goaltender with six or fewer starts to post two shutouts this season. Talbot recorded shutouts in back-to-back starts on November 19 vs. Philadelphia and November 28 at Philadelphia, and he has posted the fourth-longest shutout streak in the NHL this season (159:48 from November 8 at Toronto to December 6 at Detroit).
via Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
A routine Flyers practice trickled to a halt on Friday afternoon when goaltender Steve Mason went down with an apparently significant injury.
About 30 minutes after the team entered the ice, the net was immediately moved out the way as concerned teammates and coaches huddled around Mason.
It was not apparent what caused the injury or exactly what was ailing Mason.
He originally laid flat on his back in the crease. Eventually, he sat up with the help of trainer Jim McCrossin, before being helped off the ice.
Craib Berube was just on TSN Radio and said no idea what happened nor what the problem is at this point.
Flyers GM Ron Hextall updated the media following the team’s flight to Toronto on the status of goaltender Steve Mason, who left practice with an injury.
“Steve Mason has an upper-body injury and is out for the weekend. We will have an update on Monday.”
The Flyers play back-to-back games over the weekend, taking on the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday before traveling to Winnipeg to take on the Jets on Sunday night.
Mason stopped 31 of 32 shots and four of six players in the shootout to take a 2-1 loss in the Flyers-Panthers game on Thursday.
He has started three straight and 11 of the Flyers’ last 13 games while posting an overall record of 6-10-5 to go along with a 2.49 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in 22 appearances this year.
from Richard Deistsch of Sports Illustrated,
THE PICK: Mike Emrick (NBC Sports)
Emrick has been praised often in this space over the years. The rare sports broadcaster exalted both by fans and critics, he had another exceptional year in 2014 including calling the Olympic hockey tournament and the Stanley Cup playoffs. The latter was exhausting: Emrick called one overtime game in the opening round (Game 4 between the Bruins and Red Wings), one overtime game in the second round (Game 1, Rangers-Penguins), two overtime games in the conference finals (Games 3 and 4 between the Rangers-Canadians) and two overtime games in Stanley Cup Finals (Games 2 and the clinching Game 5 between the Rangers-Kings).
What struck me most this year about Emrick during the playoffs was when he chose silence. He stopped talking for 1 minute and 50 seconds following his call of Alec Martinez's Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Kings. Viewers heard crowd horns blaring, Kings players' whooping it up on the ice, and the winning goal announcement from the public address announcer. What they did not hear was Emrick, which was perfect. During games, he is part wordsmith, part historian, but most of all, he is the consummate professional.
more on the numerous awards and nice to see Tim Thompson getting a mention too...
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