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Looks like a groin strain to me...
via Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
While this season looks like an out-of-body experience for Alex Steen (20 goals and 32 points and plus 13), St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock says this is no one-off.
He’s the real thing, and the Blues have to resign him for, say, five years at between $5.5 million and $6 million a season. He’s UFA.
“Steen is the closest thing I’ve seen to Jere Lehtinen in the last 15 years,” said Hitchcock, who had the gifted winger Lehtinen on his 1999 Cup team in Dallas.
“He’s hard on every puck, he plays against the other team’s best players, kills penalties when we’re down two men with David Backes.”
He’s a prime Selke contender as best two-way forward.
from Frank Seravalli of Grequent Flyers,
Vinny Lecavalier underwent an x-ray in Dallas, and the Flyers didn’t like what the images showed.
So, they shipped Lecavalier back to Philadelphia yesterday to undergo an MRI and have the results read by a team physician. They were equally discouraging.
Lecavalier will miss at least the next three to four weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his lower-back, according to Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. The injury was suffered late in the third period against Nashville on Nov. 30.
If you missed the play of Staal being hurt, you can watch it here...
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
It should have been the best of the NHL – the Pittsburgh Penguins versus the Boston Bruins on Saturday night, a rematch of the Eastern Conference final, skill and speed and defense and toughness and all that good stuff.
Instead, it was the worst of the NHL – a seek-and-destroy hit, a concussion, a sneaky-dirty knee to the head, a vicious attack, another concussion and a stretcher, then finger-pointing and lies and apologies.
In the aftermath, it's like sorting garbage at the dump. This stinks. This stinks more. This stinks most. You have to draw distinctions, but the overwhelming overall stench leaves you holding your nose.
And it's going to get worse.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
There is plenty of blame to be shared as a result of the most recent NHL player (Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik) to be evacuated from the ice on a stretcher following an ugly incident Saturday night in Boston.
It's high time for the NHL brass, their Officiating Department and the NHLPA to put their collective heads together to provide meaningful player safety measures that aren't being achieved through current attempts. Consistently applied player suspensions aren't the only tool to curb dangerous and unwanted hits to the head. We need to take a step back and have a serious discussion, recognizing that education will be the key to effectively changing this destructive culture at all levels of the game.
Players often seek out retribution for hits, even those deemed legal, that are delivered to one of their teammates. Following a "big" hit, the temperature of the game can immediately elevate to the near boiling point. At such times, the referee's primary job is to take whatever measures necessary to control the environment. To do that, he has to have a "feel" for the game and what is required. A better job could have been done by the refs in that regard after Orpik delivered a hard, legal open-ice check that knocked Loui Erisksson out of the game on the very first shift.
from Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times,
Adam Erne was not suspended for his from-behind hit Friday that caused Jonathan Drouin's head to hit the side glass and might have caused a concussion.
But the idea of one Lightning prospect injuring another in a junior Quebec league game raised an interesting question: Is there a responsibility for players in the same organization — likely future teammates, in fact — to play each other more carefully?
Lightning players, for the most part, said the only responsibility is to play the game clean.
"When the game starts, you have no friends," LW Pierre-Cedric Labrie said Saturday. "You have to finish your hits. But if it's an illegal hit, it doesn't matter who it is, you can't do that."
continued and if you missed the hit, watch it below...
If anyone has a video of this, please pass it on.
added 11:32am, Below, watch a Vine video of the slash...
Following wins by the Ducks and Kings Saturday, the three California-based clubs rank second through fourth in the League's overall standings. They boast a combined goal differential of +62 and are a cumulative 30-5-6 in games played in the Golden State.
NHL Overall Standings:
1. Chicago, 20-6-5, 45 points (Central Division)
2. Anaheim, 20-7-5, 45 points (Pacific Division)
3. San Jose, 19-5-5, 43 points (Pacific Division)
4. Los Angeles, 19-7-4, 42 points (Pacific Division)
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Even a few of the many, many Maple Leafs fans in attendance had to be a wee bit embarrassed by the way their team broke a tie early in the second period Saturday night at Canadian Tire Centre.
Why there was no penalty call on Nazem Kadri for hauling down Zack Smith just inside the Toronto blue line -- springing the 2-on-1 break that put the visitors up 2-1 on the scoreboard -- is anyone's guess.
But look, referees are not really zebras, they are human, they make mistakes. The bothersome part isn't so much them ignoring or missing the Kadri Kan Opener (somewhere Bryan McCabe had to be smiling) but that Brian Pochmara couldn't just turn away when Smith ripped into him for the error. Instead, he gave Smith an unsportsmanlike minor and a misconduct.
Brian buddy, you gotta grow some skin when you mess up. At the very least, you've got to nail Phil Kessel for an unsportsmanlike, too, when he skates over and laugh's at Smith in the penalty box.
continue for more Ottawa talk..
Below, watch Kadri as he trips/hooks Smith causing a turnover and a Kessel goal...
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