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In an interview with Buffalo radio station WGR, Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier confirmed that Connolly will have season-ending surgery on his hip.
Injuries have proven to be a continuing theme during Connolly’s six-year NHL career. The native of Syracuse, New York missed almost the entire 2006-07 season due to concussion and in the past has missed time due to knee, groin and upper body injuries.
The surgery will be performed Monday by hip specialist Dr. Marc Philippon - the same doctor who recently operated on Islanders’ goalie Rick DiPietro.
from Working the Corners,
But both Wilsons were unhappy about an anonymous quote that appeared in TSN commentator Darren Dreger’s blog on the Canadian sports network’s web site. That unnamed coach labeled Mitchell “a player who preys on the vulnerable” in Dreger’s blog on the TSN web site.
“I wonder if he thinks it’s Torrey Mitchell or the Mitchell that plays in Vancouver,” Ron Wilson said. “Torrey’s penalties have been a hook, a trip — what can you say?”
The Sharks coach clearly had a problem with one of his colleagues hiding behind an anonymity.
“I could make a good guess and I bet I’m right, but I’m not even going to go there as to who said that,” he added, before quickly eliminating Minnesota’s coach as a suspect.
from Sabres Edge,
Teppo Numminen returned to the ice and skated for about 90 minutes this morning in HSBC Arena. There’s no way to tell yet if he’s going to be able to play at all this season—I’d say chances of that are slim at best—but Numminen feels he should be getting paid now that he’s been medically cleared to practice. The Sabres, of course, put him on the suspended list in September and Numminen has a grievance going on his behalf through the NHLPA.
“I’m disappointed. It was a surprise for me,” Numminen said today, speaking in depth on the Sabres’ actions for the first time since his surgery
from Dan Rosen at NHL.com,
Maybe the Red Wings have been disappointed in themselves during the past four seasons because they haven’t found a way to re-create their previous postseason magic; but to call them a disappointment would be a great injustice, and simply wrong.
No NHL team has won more games (252) or recorded more points (558) since the Red Wings last won the Stanley Cup. These aren’t disappointing figures. These are staggering figures.
From the Dallas Stars,
NASCAR superstar Jimmie Johnson is accustomed to wheeling his Hendrick Motorsports ride around the track at breakneck speeds.
His skating skills are more modest, however.
On Thursday, Johnson learned that lacing on the skates and practicing with Stars center Mike Modano can be a humbling experience. Johnson hadn’t skated since he was a boy in Southern California, and he was pleased to simply be able to hesitantly glide around the rink at Deja Blue Arena in Frisco following a Stars practice without falling on his backside.
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
The entire city of Toronto is practically pleading with the beloved Maple Leafs to wave a white towel on 2007-08, especially in the light of injuries to captain Mats Sundin, Nik Antropov and now the season-ender to defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo. Meanwhile, an astute NHL observer of my acquaintance, a man young enough to stay up until the end of West Coast games, tells me that he heard a color commentator get apoplectic when Los Angeles Kings coach Marc Crawford had the temerity to pull his goaltender in an attempt to score a late, tying goal. According to our spy, the commentator sputtered that the woeful Kings should be trying to get a better draft position, not a point by forcing overtime.
from Joe Pelletier’s Greatest Hockey Legends,
March 21st, 1991. Quebec’s Ron Tugnutt stopped 70 Bruins shots, including 12 in overtime, to give the Nordiques a 3-3 tie at Boston.
The Bruins’ 73 shots were 10 short of the NHL record set by Boston in a 1941 game against Chicago. Ray Bourque set a NHL single game record with 19 shots himself!
Tugnutt’s performance was so impressive even some of the Bruins’ players skated over to congratulate him.
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In our “Friday Faceoff,” ESPN.com NHL writer Scott Burnside (based in Atlanta) and Toronto Star columnist and frequent ESPN.com contributor Damien Cox (based in Toronto) duke it out over any given hockey topic. Let the games begin!
This week’s topic: Are we seeing the best the NHL has to offer in this current playoff format?...
Burnside: How would you reward the conference champs? Give them five home games in the first round? Let them choose their opponent? Actually, I think that might have some merit. How do you stand on the whole divisional alignment situation wherein you’re going to have Carolina getting home ice for winning the Southeast Division, but likely ending up with a handful of fewer points than the sixth seed, whom the Canes will face in the first round?
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
But hockey teams are surprisingly consistent in what nourishes them, what pushes them forward. Yes, good coaching, a sense of direction from management and good luck are all important. But all good teams need someone to lead them, to show them that adversity isn’t a wall, but a challenge.
In the Carolina Hurricanes’ dressing room Eric Staal has become that man.
“It’s unfair to say he’s the reason why we’re where we are,” Carolina coach Peter Laviolette told ESPN.com this week. “But if you have a hard-working team, there has to be somebody that you look to. This has been a chance to look into Eric Staal and see what he’s all about. I think everybody likes what they’ve seen.”
from Lightning Strikes,
Kent Hughes, agent for Lightning star Vinny Lecavalier, said Friday his client might needs surgery on his left wrist in the offseason and at the very least almost certainly will not play in this summer’s World Championships.
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