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COLUMBUS, OHIO -- Columbus Blue Jackets right wing David Clarkson will be sidelined four to six weeks due to a torn oblique muscle suffered in Tuesday night’s game against the Washington Capitals, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Clarkson, 30, collected 14 penalty minutes in three games with the Blue Jackets after being acquired by the club on February 26 from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for right wing Nathan Horton. He has registered 112 goals and 84 assists for 196 points with 969 penalty minutes in 547 career NHL games, including 10-5-15 and 106 penalty minutes in 61 games this season.
Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo is getting more imaging done on an apparent shoulder injury and will be meeting with an orthopedic doctor.
According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, if the prognosis is not good Florida general manager Dale Tallon may trade for a goalie. McKenzie noted in a tweet that trades are permitted post-deadline but the player is not playoff eligible.
Luongo was hurt during Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Also hurt during the Leaf game was backup goalie Al Montoya. McKenzie says that Montoya is likely out for weeks.
The Panthers recalled netminders Dan Ellis from the AHL and Sam Brittain from the ECHL to attend the team's practice on Wednesday morning. Head coach Gerard Gallant said that Ellis will start on Thursday against the Dallas Stars.
I found this interview more interesting than the interview of Gary Bettman which was just posted.
NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr joins Hockey Central at Noon to talk about the players perspective of the World Cup of Hockey and much more.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman joins Hockey Central at Noon to discuss the World Cup of Hockey, expansion to Las Vegas and much more.
via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,
The Winnipeg Jets host the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night, and there is 1 player that is an absolute force on the ice, watch this video to see Dustin Byfuglien do what he does best, knock people down and score some goals.
PACIFIC CLUBS INCH CLOSER TO CANUCKS IN DIVISION RACE . . .
The Flames, Kings and Sharks all picked up road victories to inch closer to the Canucks – who lost to San Jose – for second place in the Pacific Division:
* The Flyers erased a two-goal deficit in the third period, but Jiri Hudler scored at 1:23 of overtime to power the Flames to their second win in their past three outings. Calgary improved to 5-1-1 in its past seven visits to Philadelphia dating to March 7, 2002.
* Hudler (1-1—2) recorded his second career overtime goal (also Dec. 7, 2013 at EDM). He also reached the 20-goal milestone for the third time and 50-point mark for the fourth time in his career (20-30—50 in 60 GP).
from Cathal Kelly of the Globe and Mail,
The relationship between the media and the athletes they cover is often framed in war metaphors. That’s apt. Though the two camps spend a lot of time in each other’s company, they are foreign to one another as people. “Dehumanized” isn’t too strong a word. The players are cartoon characters; the media, a faceless mob. We treat each other accordingly.
I thought about this as I watched Phil Kessel going j’accuse on the press before Tuesday’s game in Florida. He was surrounded by people he sees every day. However, he wasn’t talking to any of them. He was talking at them.
The presentation rendered the whole thing contrary to its motive: making his critics understand that he and his teammates are people and deserve to be treated as such. In essence: I don’t see you, but I demand that you see me. That he’s right is beside the point.
How did this toxic relationship develop – and why does it continue?
Sometimes, it has to do with the content of the reporting, or personal friction. There are feuds that kick off over nothing in a locker room and are resolved in print over decades. But it’s more fundamental than that.
There are players I’ve covered for years, talked to many times about all sorts of things. I think I know them, at least a little.
The Flyers lost 3-2 in OT to Calgary...
from Mark Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
... a pool reporter asked Stephen Walkom, the NHL director of officiating, why the play was ruled no goal due to incidental contact and was unreviewable. Here was his response in a phone interview.
“That (incidental contact/no goal) is one of the things we’ve been doing a little more this year. I would say it’s happened 20 or 30 times. . .
“(Referee) Chris (Rooney)made a call of no goal. They (on-ice officials) met, contacted someone here, probably Chris King, and he told them it’s not a reviewable play. . .incidental contact.
“We think it’s a good process – in order to get the right call. We use all the resources available to make the right decision.’’
Watch the play below...
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