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from Greg Logan at On the Islanders Beat,
The Islanders have done their best to shroud the issues surrounding goaltender Rick DiPietro’s health in mystery, obfuscation and misdirection. They issued a statement last night that was like a skeleton picked clean of any meat by buzzards.
“Lower body injury”… “unrelated to previous injuries”…“day-to-day pending assessment and treatment.”
I’d ask them to define what they mean by “unrelated to previous injuries,” but trying to get a straight answer is like trying to see Major Major in “Catch-22.” You only can go in to see him when he’s out.
from Greatest Hockey Legends,
Here’s a look at the top ten weird hockey injuries.
While with the Maple Leafs Renberg acquired a blister on his hand from tying his skate laces.
No big deal, right? Well later the blister became infected and soon Renberg was seriously ill and hospitalized with a dangerously high fever. Doctors were able to treat the infection and normailize his temperature. Doctors later revealed that if the treatments were unsuccessful they were seriously considering amputating his hand in order to save his life.
From the NY Islanders:
The Islanders unveiled their new alternate uniform Monday night at an Islanders Business Club event prior to the start of their game against the New York Rangers. The new uniform, which is reminiscent of the ones the Islanders donned in the mid-1970s, is royal blue with white numbers and letters, outlined in orange.
The Islanders will take the ice in the new uniforms for the first time on Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens on “Throwback Night,” sponsored by Modell’s. The Islanders will wear the new uniform a total of 15 times this season.
See the photo gallery here.
“Al (Strachan) is sort of like a spaghetti salesman. Al just throws so much against the wall and hopes something sticks. … It’s total lies.”
-Lightning coach Barry Merose on Al Strachan. More on the Lightning at the St. Petersburg Times…
from Tim Sassone at Between The Circles,
Now the Hawks are rumored to be one of the teams interested in Ottawa center Jason Spezza, who is said to be on the block.
Spezza is a nice player, but he’s going to make $8 million a year through 2013. The question is, could the Hawks take on that salary with Brian Campbell set to make $7 million for the next seven years and Toews and Kane’s deals up in two years? They’re going to get somewhere in the neighborhood of $6.5 million a year each.
And the Hawks also have Duncan Keith to pay soon and he’s going to require at least $5 million, likely more.
from Mike Knobler of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
Attending a Thrashers game at Philips Arena this season has been a lot like riding an airline was 20 years ago: The seat next to you might very well be empty.
Announced attendance for the first four home games averaged 13,943, down 1,342 per game from the first four games of last season. The Thrashers have announced two crowds of fewer than 12,000 people, the lowest attendance in more than four years. And the announced attendance, the number of tickets distributed, has been thousands higher than the number of people in the seats.
Thrashers general manager Don Waddell blames the schedule, the economy and a wait-and-see attitude among fans disappointed by last season and unsure what to expect from 2008-09.
Watch the best Goals, Hits, and Saves from last week.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
“Obviously, we were concerned,” Wings GM Ken Holland told ESPN.com from Los Angeles on Monday. “We left him behind in Chicago on Saturday night. He flew back to Detroit on Sunday morning and had an MRI. It’s a Grade 2 MCL sprain. Right now, the doctor feels it’s 3-4 weeks. We’re going to wait 2-3 days, and if he feels pretty good in 2-3 days, then maybe we’re looking at less time than three weeks.
“If in 2-3 days he’s still pretty stiff, then we’re probably looking at 3-4 weeks and we might consider putting him on LTI so we can get another body up here. So, we’re going to sit tight here for the next couple of days and see how his knee responds.”
more plus how the Blue Jackets are handling their injuries…
from the CP,
Still, there are some players with bigger numbers than you might expect heading into the fourth week of the campaign and for poolies they can either represent waiver-wire gold or a wasted transaction.
Brandon Dubinsky (4 goals, 7 assists, all stats before Monday’s play), Filip Kuba (0-11), Mikko Koivu (1-9), Aaron Voros (5-4), Antti Miettinen (5-2), Ales Kotalik (4-3) and Bryan Little (4-3) all fit into that category and trying to decide if they’re legit can be tricky.
If you’re picking them up as an injury stop-gap or to milk a hot streak before moving on, there’s little risk involved. But if you’re looking at them as long-term solutions and plan to drop someone off to a slow start, than you had better be more careful.
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
Can you imagine what kind of response guys such as Mike Gillis or Brian Lawton would have received last week if they had proposed what Bob Gainey did at the GM meetings in Chicago?
They would have been laughed out of the room and would have been vilified in the media for suggesting the league look at the possibility of penalizing players who leave their feet to block shots. But because the notion came from Gainey, one of the most levelheaded and respected executives in the NHL, the idea is gaining some traction.
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