Kukla's Korner Hockey
Be back in two or so hours, will update when I return.
from the Boston Globe,
Jeremy Jacobs was in Boston yesterday to have a cortisone injection for his ailing back. But the Bruins owner is feeling a far more acute pain in another area -- over the way his team is crashing and burning in the new-look National Hockey League. ''It's very disappointing -- with the team, with the whole situation," he said. ''There doesn't seem to be the intensity or the desire or the hard work it takes to play this game. We think we've got great talent on the ice and I believe we do by the record [of the players' previous achievements] but they sure aren't producing at that level and it's very, very disappointing. ''A Bruin stands for something on the ice, it always has. It's the win-loss column that's going to make a difference. We should be leading this division, we're not. That's a terrible letdown."
from the Tennessean,
Predators General Manager David Poile says he expects to talk to the NHL today about trying to reschedule last night's game against Detroit. The contest was stopped with 7:30 left in the first period — with the Predators leading 1-0 on Greg Johnson's goal — after Detroit defenseman Jiri Fischer collapsed on the team bench. It's uncertain whether the game will be replayed in its entirety or resumed from the spot it stopped. Poile fully supported the decision to postpone last night's contest, but said it will be difficult to reschedule the game. "It won't be easy at all,'' Poile said. "Not only is it an Olympic year, which makes the schedule more condensed, but we've played the fewest games in the league. We've already had most of our days off. It's not going to fall into a good situation.''
from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,
-Martin Brodeur tells us that he’s seeking input for his new (goalie) role on the NHL’s Competition Committee. One rule for which many believe Marty will lobby is erasing the trapezoid. (Good idea!) -Is there a more candid coach than John Tortorella? We doubt it. Who else would say this about his goalies? “We’re not thrilled with our goaltending. First of all one, (John Grahame) been playing most. And we can’t get the other guy (Sean Burke) out of the tub to play!” Funny, we like them both. -One of Wayne Gretzky’s teammates from Edmonton, worries about his buddy and the effect of coaching on The Great One. “By the end of the season,” the man says, “I expect Wayne’s blond hair to turn grey!”
from the AP via Slam,
They are the new faces of a sport whose stars were bogged down for a decade by talent-negating holding and hooking, of a league that endured a full-season shutdown partly to give them a proper showcase for their talents. When they meet Tuesday night for the first time in what could be the new NHL's version of Gretzky vs. Lemieux, Sidney Crosby of Pittsburgh and Alexander Ovechkin of Washington won't be thinking about ushering in a new era that emphasizes playmaking and goal-scoring, not trapping and goal-stopping.
The Wings will update the media at 1pm today with a status report on the condition of Fisher. As we all know, Fischer's heart had stopped and CPR was performed while he was lying in the bench zone. Most likely the combination of CPR and the use of an auto defibrillator saved his life. Watching the game on TV and seeing a problem near the bench area, my first reaction was someone had fallen from their seat in the area right above the bench area. Even as doctors were about to perform CPR, you could not see a Wings jersey in the area. Then Ken Daniels informed us it was a Red Wings, so immediately my eyes started glancing at the players who were standing, trying to figure out who was missing. Knowing that the end of the bench is for the defensemen, my first thought was Chelios because of his age but I saw his number along with Lidstrom. Then a memory flashed in my head that Fischer had some heart issues earlier in his career and I thought the worst. Again, without quick medical attention, we may be talking about something much more serious than Fischer recovering today. update 7:26am, Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press columnist,
So where were you when it happened? At the Red Wings game? Watching on TV? Or nowhere near it -- buying late-night groceries or helping your kids with homework? It didn't matter. This town spreads sports news faster than warriors used to spread word of oncoming armies. So wherever you were Monday night when Jiri Fischer slumped forward on the Wings' bench, the victim of what they later called a "seizure," and coaches waved frantically for help, and fans held worried hands to their mouths, and the EMS people arrived, and Steve Yzerman and Kris Draper skated a stretcher across the ice -- wherever you were, you were there.read on
Smug Monkey broke down the video of the game and created some screen captures of the Fischer situation. Also, the hospital will be having a briefing to update us on Jiri's condition, will post any information when it becomes available. update 11:26pm, TSN has some video posted. update 11:32pm, Update from the Wings, Fischer has met with his teamates, will remain in hospital for a few more days for testing. Also reported as jovial. To all of the people coming here from seach engines, etc...you can see two other threads that were posted earlier by clicking on the hockey section on the left sidebar. Since you are only seeing this permalink if directed here by a search, you may want to read more about Jiri's brush with death. Thankfully, his condition seems to be improving. update 11:49pm, CP story on Fischer via TSN.
from John Buccigross of ESPN,
So while I'm not a big fan of Thanksgiving Day, I am a thankful person. I'm thankful for … • All the Zamboni drivers who supply fresh coats of ice that, when stepped on, make one feel 10 years younger and lighter on that shiny new piece of ice. • All of the on-ice officials, especially those who hustle and try their best to treat the game with love and respect. It's amazing how an electric scoreboard and referees can make even a Mite B game in South Windsor, Conn., feel like a big deal.
Babcock is addressing the media now, Wings lockerroom is off limits to press tonight. Will update any pertinent information from Babcock when it becomes available. update 9:17pm, I think it is a good sign that John Hahn of the Wings reported that Fischer should be ok. If there was any doubt at all, Hahn would not have made a comment like that. update 9:23pm, Fan just called into Wings post game radio show, said it took about 7-8 minutes before any type of equipment reached Fischer. I must agree with the man, who was seated near the Wings bench. Fisher was being treated manually by the Dr. and also one of the Wings asst. coaches. update 9:29pm, As I mentioned earlier, Fischer did have a bit of a heart problem, from TSN,
Fischer was diagnosed with a heart abnormality in September 2002, causing him to miss two days of practice. The problem was found on an electrocardiogram as part of a routine battery of tests during the Red Wings' pre-season physicals. When the result was abnormal, Fischer was given a stress test that he passed. "There is a little abnormality, but nothing that will stop me from playing," Fischer said at the time. "It's nothing that will bother me emotionally." He said that his heart essentially is a little thicker than normal. "I wasn't scared about the abnormality," Fischer said. "But I was scared about not playing hockey again. That was a shock for me."update 9:36pm, Most of the Wings are headed to the hospital, where Fischer is talking.... Babcock said Fisher was on the bench and just had a seizure, his heart did stop and no pulse, but hooked up a defibulator (sp) and heartbeat came back. Now stable and should be fine. Wings lead by Yzerman and Shanahan told Jim Gergory from the NHL who was there to give Shanny an award for his 600th assist, that the Wings were not going to play. Babcock was asked what does stable condition mean, he responed that they will find out more when they get to the hospital but it is at least good news that he is awake and talking. update 9:43pm, Yzerman and Shanahan met with the press: Yzerman said the players were not sure why Fischer went down and then the Dr. took over and the players were helpless and felt useless. Shanny said a couple of the Wings jumped on the ice and yelled for the officials to stop the game, they were confused as were the Nashville players. Brendan mentioned he felt it was important to be at the hospital to show Fischer the support he has. Yzerman said he had a helpless feeling, he has seen things like this on TV, but never experienced it before. Steve also mentioned a female was there helping the doctor, not sure who she was. update 9:45pm, Video from the game. update 10:09pm, That just about wraps it up. Wings post game went off to Monday Night Football, local news is reporting nothing that we don't know, so if anything else breaks, I will update.
Doesn't look good, CPR performed. Say a prayer hockey fans. If I recall correctly, Fischer had some heart beat issues in the past, now uncomfirmed reports are he may have taken a puck to the throat. update 8:16pm, Now reporting seeing Fisher shaking just before he collopsed. He has been removed from the bench area and on the way to the hospital. Teams sent to lockerroom with about 7 minutess left in the first period. Ice will be resurfaced and play will resume. Replays from different angles catch nothing on the bench. update 8:20pm, Reports are now Fischer breathing on his own. Reports are now Fischer still at the JLA. Not transported to the hospital yet. update 8:28pm, He may have got a puck in the throat while on the ice, skated slowly to the bench and collapsed. He is now on the way to Detroit Receivng Hospital, reports say he was breathing but unconscious. Now it may have been a stick to the throat. update 8:37pm, Ice is resurfaced, no players on ice yet, but the teams are waitng for another ambulance to arrive in case another incident occurs since the first one left with Fischer. update 8:47, Good news, breathing and responding, teams meeting to decide what to do next. Wings PR man John Hahn said he suffered a seizure. update 8:50pm, Announcement just made at the JLA of the conditions I just reported. update 8:56pm, Game canceled according to WXYT radio. update 8:58pm, Mickey Redmond, Wings TV color man, is visually shaken from this. Speaking as a former hockey player, Mickey says you never know what can happen. update 9:00pm, Game officially canceled. update 9:06pm, I will continue to update throughout the evening, but I don't think we will hear much in the next couple of hours. Updates will be in a new post. update 10:30pm, for people coming here from search engines, etc...you can find more information at this post.
About Kukla's Korner Hockey
Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.
Email Paul anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org