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from Russo’s Rants,
Could this team unearth a top player from another team, whether it be a center or a defenseman – maybe a gritty, high-scoring center like Florida’s Olli Jokinen?
After all, a fourth Florida scout watched the Wild play tonight for the fifth time in six games. Like I said a few days ago, I know the Panthers and Wild play this week, but wouldn’t you agree that’s a little excessive pre-scouting?
Of course, I can promise you the Panthers wouldn’t just give Jokinen away. It would have to be a deal that knocks their socks off. They’re under no pressure to trade him — he’s under contract for the next two years at a reasonable price.
more on the Wild…
from the Miami Herald,
With his team reeling, Panthers coach Jacques Martin indicated Friday he wants leading scorer Olli Jokinen to raise his game.
‘‘We need more out of people like Olli,’’ Martin said. ``We need more away from the puck. Other people have been contributing.’‘...
‘‘If it were your skate, you can imagine what you would go through,’’ he said. ``It has definitely been tough. Maybe I haven’t gotten enough rest….”
more on the Panthers…
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
Gainey is also believed not to be adverse to trading team captain Saku Koivu, who has only 12 goals this season, is a minus player and could probably use a change of scenery. But Koivu is four years older than Jokinen and far less productive, so Gainey would have to enhance the offer.
Perhaps a package of Koivu, Jaroslav Halak, a first-round pick and a prospect would be enough. Gainey could also include Alexander Perezhogin, who is having a fine season in Russia this year, but whose contract rights are still owned by the Canadiens.
more and some Richards talk too…
via the Florida Panthers blog at the Sun-Sentinel,
The Minnesota Wild hasn’t tried to hide its interest in Jokinen. And it appears the Panthers are at the very least exploring the idea of trading him there by Tuesday’s 3 p.m. deadline.
Panthers director of pro scouting Bill O’Flaherty was at the Wild’s game in Chicago last night. He’s the third different Panthers’ representative to attend a Wild game recently—pro scout Jack Birch and director of player development Duane Sutter are the others—and combined, the trio as attended four of the last six Wild games overall. Perhaps the Panthers want to be very prepared for their Feb. 29 home game against the Wild. Or…....they’re checking out their options for Jokinen.
From the CP via TSN,
“I was cut before in my face and I didn’t even feel it. This time, it was kind of like a stab, I felt like somebody stabbed me,” he said. “After it wasn’t the pain, it was more what was going to happen.
“I kind of got a bit weaker when I got to the bench and then I don’t remember much but I remember I was talking to our trainer Zenobi and a doctor was putting so much pressure on my neck I couldn’t breathe. ..
“I was just wishing, `OK, let’s go to the surgery, give me some injections so I’m going to be sleeping and I can wake up after.’ It was painful just the pressure they were putting on my neck.”
His carotid artery on the right side of his throat was nearly completely severed. Surgery to reattach it at Buffalo General Hospital took an hour.
more from Zednik as he addressed the media today
Update 3:25pm ET: ESPN provides video (below) of the press conference:
from Russo’s Rants,
Columbus has two centers available — 38-year-old Sergei Fedorov and 33-year-old Michael Peca. Fedorov is the guy I have a feeling the Wild is eyeing. I know his age might scare many of you, but I watch Columbus a lot, and there’s no doubt he can still play.
He’s also a very quality defensive player, so that fits into Minnesota Wild hockey, and he’s got 162 games worth of playoff hockey experience.
If the Wild is looking at defensemen, there’s Adam Foote and Ron Hainsey as potential guys to be dealt in Columbus….
To get Jokinen, the Wild would likely have to give up at least one core piece, possibly a guy like Pierre-Marc Bouchard — a player who’s a potential restricted free agent who’s one year from being unrestricted.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
Richard Zednik barely felt the skate slice into his throat, but the blood that immediately gushed from his neck gave him all the information he needed. He knew he was in grave danger if he didn’t skate to the Florida Panthers’ bench. He was well aware he could be facing death.
“I knew I was in trouble,” Zednik said Friday before leaving the Mansion on Delaware, where he spent Thursday night after being discharged from Buffalo General Hospital, and flying back to Florida. “I didn’t feel anything, but there was just so much blood. I was like, ‘Whoa.’ I knew I had to get to the bench.”
From Pete Pelegrin at the Miami Herald,
The cut left Zednik with a gash nearly two inches long—and Jokinen with an emotional scar.
‘‘I was watching the replay a couple of times, and it kind of makes me feel sick,’’ Jokinen said Tuesday after the Panthers’ first practice since the incident. “First, you go through and you want to see what actually happened. . . . It was just a freak accident. Losing blood like that—you never see anything like that. You remember that the rest of your life. You just have to find a way to deal and live with it.’‘
added 1:59pm, via the Florida Panthers,
STATEMENT FROM RICHARD & JESSICA ZEDNIK
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Richard and Jessica Zednik today released a statement through Buffalo General Hospital.
Jessica Zednik, wife of the injured Florida Panther said, “On behalf of Richard and our entire family, I want to thank the fans, his teammates, the Panthers and Sabres organizations, plus so many others for their prayers and well wishes. I especially want to thank the medical staff involved in his care and the Buffalo General Hospital for their tremendous support during this difficult time. Richard continues to improve and we are encouraged each day. We thank you for respecting our privacy and would ask everyone to continue to keep Richard in their thoughts over the next few days.”
Update 2:10pm ET: TSN is reporting: “Richard Zednik continues to improve and should be released from hospital within the next 48-72 hours.”
from the Florida Panthers,
Richard Zednik continued to recover Monday afternoon at Buffalo General Hospital after undergoing surgery for a neck laceration suffered during Sunday’s game against the Sabres.
During a press conference Monday afternoon at Buffalo General, doctors said Zednik was alert, was able to speak, and didn’t appear to have any longterm injuries from the incident.
“He actually asked me when he could go back to training,” said Sonya Noor, M.D., the attending surgeon for Zednik.
Zednik was expected to remain in the intensive care unit through this evening as he continues recovering from carotid artery that Noor described as “hanging like a thread” when he arrived at Buffalo General.
continued and you can also leave a greeting for Zednik too…
added 6:59pm, from the Buffalo News,
The Clint Malarchuk comparisons can stop. Richard Zednik’s injury was much more life- threatening.
The four doctors who treated Zednik used words today such as “profusely,” “devastating,” “hanging by a thread” and “lucky” to describe the sliced carotid artery injury suffered by Zednik on Sunday.
Earlier today, Denis Potvin was on “Hockey This Morning” (NHL Home Ice XM 204) describing the scene last night in Buffalo regarding the horrific injury to Richard Zednik. Denis was doing color for FSN Florida last night.
Our thanks to Hockey This Morning on NHL Home Ice XM 204 for the providing the audio for KK readers.
Note: details of last night’s events were previously posted here on KK (including video).
Update 2:04pm ET: An update from the Panthers states that Zednik is still in stable condition, but remains in the intensive care unit.
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