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Swiss goalie Martin Gerber, who was hospitalized yesterday with a neck injury, underwent advanced examination Monday morning. Fortunately it didn’t confirm the preliminary diagnosis “compression fracture of the fourth cervical vertebra”. According to the new information Gerber has spinal contusion and recovering will take weeks, not months.
I avoided posting information on Gerber’s injury yesterday, I just had a feeling the early reports were not correct. Glad to hear the injury is not as serious as first thought to be.
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
Is Mike Keane not one of the best sports stories out there?
Keane returns to Denver on Tuesday night to be honored by the Avalanche as part of its Alumni Night series this season. Of course, the Avs had to find a night on the Moose’s schedule when they weren’t playing to get Keane to visit.
Keane is in the middle of his fifth consecutive season with the Moose, playing for chump change after 1,161 games of making NHL money. At this point, Keane really is playing for the love of the game, as it seems hopeless any NHL team will give him another chance.
He has been eyed by many NHL teams, but only as a coach or a front- office guy. But Keane stubbornly resists, believing he can still be of good use to a team in a jersey and skates, not a suit.
I have a lot of great memories as a writer covering Keane. He was always a personal favorite, not just because he gave a great quote — who can forget his “They’re all a bunch of homers” rip on the Red Wings in 1997? — but because he was smart and funny and a merciless needler.
Aaron Vickers of Future Considerations just alerted me about this video. I will let Aaron explain…
Moments ago the Calgary Hitmen scored to kick off the 15th annual Teddy Bear Toss. They set a world record two years ago by tossing 26,919 bears onto the ice. The bears are then donated to various charities in and around Calgary, with players themselves delivering the stuffed animals in some cases.
from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,
Dave Jackson is used to getting booed and yelled at when he’s at work. It’s part of the job when you’re a referee in the National Hockey League.
“Yelling at the referee has always been part of the game in professional hockey,” Jackson said. “I don’t take exception to it.”
But Jackson does take exception to the verbal abuse he hears young referees taking in minor hockey. Jackson, who lives on the West Island, has been spending more time in local arenas since his NHL season came to a sudden end last month when he tore both the ACL and MCL ligaments in his knee during a game. And he doesn’t like what he has seen and heard from some hockey parents - especially at the lower levels - who take the games far too seriously.
“Sometimes kids (at the lower levels) just fall down and parents are yelling for a penalty to be called,” said Jackson, who has a teenage son who referees minor hockey. “A referee can take away the flow of the game by calling penalties that aren’t penalties.
from the CP at TSN,
Former NHL star Slava Fetisov took to the ice with CSKA Moscow on Friday, subjecting his 51-year-old body to the pounding of a competitive Continental Hockey League game.
“It’s a very good game,” a sweaty Fetisov said in televised comments after the first period with the game deadlocked at 0-0. “Both teams are playing at maximum speed. The game is very intense.”
added 4:35pm, TSN has updated the link and Fetisov says he does not plan to continue playing.
This is the reason I didn’t really promote his return, I just had a feeling it was a one game shot.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The greatest American player to ever don the blades will not jump at any NHL offer. It will depend. Or so he says.
“No, it wouldn’t make sense to be honest with you,” said Chelios. “It would have to be the right situation. I guess unless Detroit came to me if they sustained more significant injuries. I’d have to think about it. But I’m enjoying myself here. As bad as I want to play in the NHL, I want to play. That’s the main thing.”
He’s had NHL nibbles. The Phoenix Coyotes took a look at him last month when they were beset by injuries, but Chelios decided not to go that route. And there was another NHL team with serious interest.
“I had one pretty good [NHL] offer and decided not to take it,” said Chelios.
from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,
The problem is pretty straightforward: Jokes that are funny when you’re in your mid-teens tend not to be funny to other groups – in this case women, or most adults in general. But with some very quick searching, I found this prospect was not alone; some of his peers also left an unseemly electronic breadcrumb trail that, I would have to expect, could illicit some pretty damning questions when the NHL draft combine comes up in the summer.
Imagine – you walk into a conference room filled with scouts and executives from an NHL team you idolized as a kid and the first question is about a vulgar comment you made on the Internet. Is it getting hot in here, or is just me?
Facts are facts; the World Wide Web has been a revolutionary device, but as someone who grew up without it, I can’t believe some of the stupid things people do on it. As in, once something embarrassing is out there, it isn’t going to disappear – ever.
from Scott Cullen of TSN at CTVOlympics,
Looking ahead to the 2010 Olympic Men’s Hockey Tournament, it’s worth checking out which players are performing well in the NHL so far this season. Throughout December, there will be weekly updates on different positions. Last week, we looked at the goaltenders. This week, it’s time to look at the defence.
As expected, Canada is very well-stocked on the blueline, with the top four ranked blueliners in the NHL so far season—Mike Green, Dan Boyle, Duncan Keith and Drew Doughty. All are fine skaters and productive offensive defencemen, but it could be difficult for all of them to make the squad, considering needs for size and more physical defensive defencemen.
Along those lines, the likes of Chris Pronger, Shea Weber and Brent Seabrook will earn consideration as will the Calgary Flames trio of Jay Bouwmeester, Dion Phaneuf and Robyn Regehr.
from Corey Masisak of the Washington Times,
His prowess on offense - and on the power play in particular - could be a big positive for his chances to make the team. Canada struggled to generate offense at the Turin Olympics in 2006, scoring only 15 goals in six games (including three shutout losses) en route to a national panic-inducing seventh-place finish.
The biggest question about Green seems to center on trust. Can Team Canada, with gold-or-bust expectations, trust Green not to have a defensive lapse or a turnover at a critical point in what could be the most pressure-packed tournament in the history of the sport?
from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,
The only debate about who will play in net for USA at the Vancouver Canucks is whether Buffalo’s Ryan Miller has been the NHL’s best or second-best goalie for the first 10 weeks of the NHL season. If Miller isn’t the favorite for the Vezina Trophy at this stage of the season, then he’s at least in the top three.
The battle between Miller and Boston’s Tim Thomas, both of whom are Michigan natives, never materialized because Miller has been sensational since the opening night of the season. The real goaltending battle for the Americans is for the No. 3 goalie, and I believe Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick has the edge because he might be USA’s goaltender of the future.
Here’s my read on goaltending battles for other countries:
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