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from the Boston Herald,
Many players have waited years for the symptoms to go away. But now there is a more aggressive alternative that actually treats post-concussion syndrome, and is or will be employed by injured Bruins [team stats] Andrew Alberts and Patrice Bergeron.
It’s a program designed by researchers at the University of Buffalo, who helped Sabres center Tim Connolly recover from his second major concussion during the 2006 playoffs. The program entails controlled exercise at a level of stress that does not trigger the symptoms. Its effect is to correct imbalances in brain mechanism brought on by the initial blow, which cause the illness and headaches.
from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,
A season can change in a blink of an eye, or in this case, a crash into a goaltender.
A speeding bullet called Quintin Laing rammed defenseman Jan Hejda into Blue Jackets goalie Pascal Leclaire, whose neck hit the goal post the way a runaway car hits a tree. Depending upon how long Leclaire is out, that could have been the most important play of the season.
continued...Plus with Fedorov and Modin still out, the playoff run for Columbus is in serious trouble…
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The Montreal Canadiens do not have permission to talk to the agent of Atlanta winger Marian Hossa about a new long-term contract.
So says Atlanta Thrashers GM Don Waddell, amid reports yesterday that Habs’ GM Bob Gainey had been given permission to explore options with Hossa, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, in advance of a possible trade with the Thrashers.
“There’s no truth to it,” Waddell told TSN. “None at all.”
You will notice KK did not bring this up at all yesterday. Made up talk like this will never become a part of KK, hockey fans deserve better and most readers of KK can sniff-out garbage like this in a minute.
I missed this story from February 1st…
from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,
They learned all about death here in Swift Current 21 years ago when the bus carrying the local heroes, the Broncos of the Western Hockey League, caught black ice and whipping wind in the wrong combination coming out of that very first curve, flew off the Trans-Canada and crashed, leaving four young hockey players lifeless.
And they learned it again 21 days ago when, four provinces and two time zones away, a van carrying the Phantoms, a high-school basketball team from Bathurst, N.B., slid in bad weather into a transport trailer, killing seven players and the coach’s wife.
“It hit home, that’s for sure,” says Joe Sakic, the Broncos star who survived that long-ago crash and went on to a spectacular career with the Quebec Nordiques and the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
It’s about quiet brilliance. Being, to knock off the old Johnny Rodgers nickname, an ordinary superstar.
His Red Wings are running away with the NHL regular season, by far the best team in the opening four months with a shot – not a great shot, but still more than a mathematical possibility – at breaking league records for wins and points in a single season.
Lidstrom is the best player on the best team. So shouldn’t an awful lot more people be making an awful lot more noise about Lidstrom winning his first Hart Trophy as league MVP this season?
“I have no idea why Nick Lidstrom hasn’t won a Hart already,” said an exasperated Detroit GM Ken Holland. “I just don’t know what people are watching. I mean, he doesn’t win because why, he’s not a good quote?”
In the last few days there seems to be numerous Lidstrom for MVP stories and I wonder who is behind this talk. It is not like the Wings to promote an individual player, but a few weeks ago on local Detroit radio, Scotty Bowman was asked about Lidstrom. Scotty praised Nick and and said it was up to the media to start the Lidstrom for MVP campaign. Looks like they were listening or Bowman is bending some ears with a few well placed phone calls.
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
It’s possible we could soon witness the final month or two of Sakic’s marvelous career. He’s still rehabbing a serious injury, one that has made skating impossible for weeks now, and he’ll be 39 in five months. There are some around the longtime captain who hint this could be it if his body doesn’t respond.
If that is the case, just in case, get your tickets now for the Avs’ final home games. If this season is the end for Sakic, it’ll probably be a long time before we see someone of his kind again.
But if I were a betting man, I’d say we’ll see more of No. 19 beyond this year. Don’t forget: The next Winter Olympics are in his hometown of Vancouver, and Sakic would dearly love to play on one last Canadian team in front of friends and family.
more on Sakic…
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
It’s believed Murray has held talks with the Kings, Lightning and Coyotes to see who they will make available if they become sellers once the deadline arrives.
But with the Senators struggling, teams are trying to squeeze Murray for more, which means if Ottawa makes a deal, it might be forced to overpay.
The Senators might be willing to dangle prospects Brian Lee, Ilja Zubov and Nick Foligno as part of a deal.
read on for more NHL talk…
from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,
For the love of God, for pity’s sake, somebody shoot this team.
Put it down, out if its misery.
And if Mats Sundin isn’t saying today, where do I sign, or un-sign, then he’s a sadomasochist, perhaps a fool.
What the captain did say last night, after taking nearly an hour to emerge from the inner sanctum of the dressing room, was: “Everybody that wore the sweater tonight should be ashamed of the way we played. The effort we put out in front of our home fans was embarrassing.”
from the Tennessean,
Bettman said he believes the new local ownership group can help the Predators get out of the red, even if the cap rises next season.
“I’m hoping and expecting, and I’m optimistic, that increased attendance, increased sponsorship involvement, increased business—that can be done with the enthusiastic support of the community—will also be a factor in bridging that gap,” Bettman said.
The spending money will have to come in part from increased fan and corporate support, since Nashville doesn’t get the big radio and television contracts some other NHL markets enjoy….
“If you think back to five years ago, there were teams with $20 million payrolls and $80 million payrolls,” Bettman said. “We believe the range we have is one that enables all teams to be competitive.
“If you look at the playoff races, if you look at our standings, I don’t think there’s a league with this kind of competitive balance. Every game throughout the season matters.”
On the plus side for small-market teams, the NHL’s revenue-sharing money increases as the league’s overall revenues rise.
Pharmaceutical billionaire Daryl Katz’s offer to buy the Edmonton Oilers has been accepted.
The Katz camp has received letters of intent to sell from every member of the Edmonton Investors Group (EIG). This means, pending league and financial approval in the months to come, Katz for all intents and purposes will be the new owner of the franchise, however it may take up to two months for the NHL to grants it’s approval. Katz will hold a conference call on Wednesday to discuss the impending sale.
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