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Visors/Helmet Research: Can Hockey Fans Help?

M.I.T Ph.D. economics student, Pascual Restrepo,  has reached out to us asking for a little help.  He has been testing the effect of different types of facial protection on performance and playing style, having constructed a huge dataset of players’ statistics and visor usage, but he still has a few questions.

The only thing missing [from] my research are important dates when different leagues made visors, helmets or cages mandatory and if there were any grandfather clauses or age requirements (for example, the NHL made helmets mandatory in 1979 with a grandfather clause that allowed veteran players to keep playing without one).

In particular I am trying to find the regulatory history (with respect to visors, mostly, but also cages or helmets) of the following leagues: Swiss, Sweden, German, British, Russian or KHL, Denmark, Finland, Czech or any other European league, LNAH, WCHL, WPHL, USHL, and NAHL, and Canadian or US minor and junior leagues.

Can anyone provide answers to Pascual’s questions, or links to some definitive areas to accurately source this information? 

Your help would be hugely appreciated, and Pascuel pledges to publish his data and preliminary results here on Kukla’s Korner when his research is complete.

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  Tags: helmets, injuries, m.i.t., massachusetts+institute+of+technology, visors

Habs injuries starting to get comical

Mid-game against the Bruins, an entertaining affair that has Boston up 2-0, and now we learn Mike Cammalleri is gone for the night with an injury. Not good. Cammalleri. Josh Gorges. Andrei Markov. A hobbling Roman Hamrlik. How much more of this can the Habs take before they’re sunk? They seem be have turned things around the last week, after a fairly porous seven game stretch. But can they really continue at their current level missing so many important bodies? 

The best news so far tonight is that Benoit Pouliot and David Desharnais really do look as if they’re developing some chemistry. But that’s not going to be enough to offset the losses of people like Markov, Cammalleri and Gorges.

Hamrlik, well, ok, they can probably absorb that. Although he is back and playing through the pain tonight. Good for him.

10:25 PM: Elliotte Friedman has reported via Twitter that Cammalleri, according to Jacques Martin, left the game because he was ill. If true, this is good news for Habs fans. Oh, and what an end to that hockey game!

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  Tags: injuries, josh+gorges, mike+cammalleri

Impact of the Butterfly on Goalies

From David Epstein at Sports Illustrated:

By the time [Patrick] Roy retired in 2003, having amassed a record 551 wins with the Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche, 12 of the 30 starting goalies in the NHL were Quebecois, including Giguere, and nearly all 30 used the butterfly at least on occasion. What neither Allaire nor Giguere nor the throngs of youth imitating Saint Patrick could see, though, was that Roy’s style had been steadily ravaging his hips.

“All that going up and down at high speed,” says Pat Karns, a former Avalanche trainer. “We really had to work on Patrick daily [to keep his hips healthy].”

With each drop, the butterfly excavated the cartilage in Roy’s joints. It would be worse for his disciples, the goaltenders who started using his style as children and have dropped to the ice thousands of times. Those boys are all grown up now, and for many of the brightest among them—Giguere, Rick DiPietro of the Islanders, Antero Niittymaki of the Flyers and Vesa Toskala of the Maple Leafs among them—a scar on their surgically-repaired hips marks them as the butterfly generation. But from pee wee to the pros, butterfly is firmly entrenched.

much more

*thanks to KK reader Alan for the pointer!

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  Tags: goalies, injuries

DiPietro Gone for the Rest of the Season

From TSN:

The Islanders announced on Tuesday that knee issues will sideline goalie Rick DiPietro for the rest of the season.

DiPietro, who has only played in five games this season, has had three operations in the past year, including hip surgery in March and arthroscopic knee surgery in October to repair a torn meniscus.

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  Tags: injuries, rick+dipietro

Brodeur Surgery Successful

From TSN:

New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur underwent surgery Thursday to repair the distal bicep in his left elbow.

“According to the doctors, his surgery was 100 percent successful,” Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said in a statement. “The timetable for his return remains three to four months.”

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  Tags: injuries, lou+lamoriello, martin+brodeur

Investigating the Bruins’ Buyout of Glen Murray

From Darren Dreger at TSN:

Veteran free-agent forward Glen Murray will have additional ankle surgery on November 11th.  It’s the same ankle that was surgically repaired in Boston in April.

This follow up surgery, according to Murray’s agent Anton Thun is to repair a secondary injury that Murray did not become fully aware of until September when he started to feel pain.

Following initial surgery at the end of last season, the Boston Bruins opted to buy the 35-year old Murray out of the final year of his contract, paying two-thirds, or $2.76 million of the $4.1 million owing.

Murray is physically unable to play and because the secondary injury was discovered after the buyout he and Thun are conducting an investigation to prove this injury is pre-existing and should have prohibited the Bruins from buying him out.

read on

Dreger also states that Murray will be filing a grievance with the NHLPA.

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  Tags: glen+murray, injuries

DiPietro Out 4-6 Weeks Following Knee Surgery

From TSN:

The New York Islanders will be without goaltender Rick DiPietro for 4-6 weeks after knee surgery.

The 27-year-old had arthroscopic surgery to repair a meniscus issue, the team announced on Saturday.

More updates may become available later at the Islanders website as well.

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  Tags: injuries, rick+dipietro

More Isn’t Necessarily Better

From Cassie Campbell at CBC’s blog:

All leagues, including the NHL, should be looking at how they can improve not only their medical tests, but also the way they conduct fitness testing and their training throughout the season.

During the NHL’s general managers meetings this week, team representatives will be looking at the medical tests that need to take place. Obviously it is a no-brainer that enhanced medical testing at all levels of elite hockey must occur to help prevent such incidences as the tragic passing of young Russian hockey star Alexei Cherepanov. However, the physical fitness testing for hockey players needs to be minimized as much as possible and in-season training regimens need to be amended.

I applaud the Carolina Hurricanes for understanding that more is not necessarily better.

read on

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  Tags: injuries, training

Hockey Knees

From Bill Beacon at the CP via Yahoo! Sports,

Many wonder how much more [Bobby Orr] may have accomplished had his knees held up, or if modern arthroscopic surgery had been available in his day. Back then, when a doctor wanted to know what was wrong with a knee, he had to cut into it to take a look. Now the looking and the surgery are done with a small incision that barely leaves a mark.

“I don’t think there’s any question about that,” he said. “I had scopes later, when they were cleaning it out, and it was a lot easier.”

read on

The CP article was in part motivated by a recent Canadian Mastercard advertisement that graphically illustrates the damage Orr’s knee has suffered. You can check it out on video below:

 

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  Tags: bobby+orr, injuries

Malone Takes the Breaks in Stride

From David Shoalts at the Globe & Mail,

“Anyone else in this room would be doing the same thing,” [Ryan] Malone said. “I’m definitely thankful. A broken nose, swollen lip and some chipped teeth are a pretty good scenario for a puck in the face. I look at it as you never know when you’re going to be back in the Stanley Cup final, so you have to do everything you can to help out.”

Actually, Malone’s nose was already broken before Gill’s shot hit him. Red Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall did that in the first game when he flattened Malone with a bone-rattling body check. When Gill’s shot broke it again, it was practically old hat.

“Yeah, you can get drilled a lot,” Malone said. “You’re standing in front of the net. That’s my job. On the power play, I’ll be back there again.”

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  Tags: injuries, ryan+malone

What Next?

There’s been much discussion this week about adding bans on motorcycles to NHL contracts. Some thoughts from Hugh Adami via Canwest News:

And, if a motorcycling ban was put into place, where does the NHL draw the line the next time something bad happens to a player involved in an activity that isn’t prohibited?

What if avid golfer Daniel Alfredsson is bopped in the head by an errant golf ball and misses half the season or is forced to retire?

And what about professional athletes and fast cars? Dany Heatley’s horrific accident in Atlanta almost five years ago resulted in the death of passenger and teammate Dan Snyder. Excessive speed led Heatley to lose control of his Ferrari. How could the Atlanta Thrashers protect themselves in the future against young players not using common sense in hot cars? Ban them from driving anything over 125 horsepower?

Regular readers will recall that I missed work around here for a week or so a few months ago due to a fairly serious concussion.  If I ever decide to make a total fool of myself and confess exactly how I got that concussion, it would support Adami’s point well—you really can’t protect people from everything.

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  Tags: injuries, nhl+contracts

Hockey Assault

From the Canadian Press:

A 17-year-old hockey player has been charged with assault with a weapon following an alleged stick-swinging incident during an Ontario Minor Hockey Association game in Paris, Ont., that ruptured an opponent’s spleen.

It’s alleged that on Feb. 22, a player on the Paris Wolfpack midget team took a “two-handed baseball swing” with his stick and struck a Caledonia Thunder player in the abdomen, causing him to fall to the ice and later be taken to hospital, provincial police Const. Larry Plummer said Friday.

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• a lot of spleen talk this week…

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  Tags: assault, injuries, ontario+minor+hockey+association

Report: Penguins Talbot Out with Broken Foot

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Penguins center Max Talbot is believed to have broken his right foot blocking a shot during the Penguins’ 5-3 victory in Game 3 of their second-round playoff series against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden last night.

Talbot, one of several players hobbled after blocking shots last night, had his foot in a walking boot when he reported to the Garden for practice today.

Team officials declined to discuss the precise nature of Talbot’s injury, or his prognosis. Talbot also declined to talk about it, but when asked if he expects to be able to play again—albeit not at a specific time—he responded simply, “I hope so.”

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  Tags: injuries, max+talbot

Ducks Updates: Perry and Niedermayer

From the AP via KTEN.com

Anaheim right wing Corey Perry said he probably will play in Game 4 of the Ducks’ playoff series against the Dallas Stars.

After a morning skate-around, Perry said he felt good but acknowledged it will be a game-time decision whether he will play Thursday night. The Ducks’ top goal scorer hasn’t played since March 6, when the quad tendon above his right knee was lacerated by the skate of Colorado goalie Jose Theodore.

Fellow right wing Rob Niedermayer did not make the trip to Dallas for Thursday night’s game, remaining home with concussion-like symptoms. He also missed Game 3.

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  Tags: corey+perry, injuries, rob+niedermayer

Volchenkov Expects to Play Game #2

From Ian Mendes at Sportsnet.ca,

Anton Volchenkov told reporters on Thursday that he expects to play in Game 2 on Friday night in Pittsburgh, after leaving Game 1 with a head injury.

The defenseman said he did not suffer a concussion when he blocked a Evgeni Malkin shot with his forehead in the second period Wednesday night. He required 15 stitches to close the gash and says that if he is able to put on a helmet, he will suit up for Game 2. He did not participate in a full team practice in Pittsburgh on Thursday.

continued…

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  Tags: anton+volchenkov, injuries, playoffs

Koivu Uncertain to Return to Start Playoffs

From the CP via the Globe & Mail,

Saku Koivu is optimistic his fractured left foot will heal enough to let him start the playoffs but the Montreal Canadiens captain said Saturday nothing is certain.

“What’s going to happen in the future, for the first game, we’ll see next week,” Koivu said. “Every day it feels better, but there’s not much we can tell.

“We’ll know a lot more in the next couple of days.”

continued… with more on other injured Habs

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  Tags: injuries, playoffs, saku+koivu

Lecavalier to Undergo Shoulder Surgery

From Sports Network,

Lecavalier returned to Tampa on Friday to undergo further diagnostic testing by team physician Dr. Ira Guttentag. The evaluation revealed that Lecavalier suffered damage to the Glenoid Labrum of the right shoulder and will require surgery.

He is expected to make a full recovery in 12-15 weeks following the procedure, which will be scheduled in the near future.

“While I’m disappointed to be facing surgery at this time, I’m looking forward to working hard during the summer to be ready for training camp in September,” Lecavalier said.

continued…

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  Tags: injuries, vincent+lecavalier

Sens Lose Alfredsson and Fisher for “Weeks”

From TSN,

The Ottawa Senators will not have forwards Daniel Alfredsson and Mike Fisher in their lineup for the forseeable future, as head coach and general manager Bryan Murray told reporters Friday that both players have knee injuries and will be out for “weeks.”

Making things worse for Ottawa’s captain is a head injury suffered after a hit by Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mark Bell on Thursday night, identified by the team as an upper body injury.

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  Tags: daniel+alfreddson, injuries, mike+fisher

NHL Must Institute No-Touch Icing

from CBC Sports,

Cherry said the National Hockey League must institute no-touch icing precisely because Foster was forced to do what he did.

“Look, if you want to wear a visor, you can wear a visor, that’s your choice,” Cherry said to host Ron MacLean. “If you want to fight, you can fight, that’s your choice.

“[Foster] had no choice…. If he doesn’t go in, he’s chicken, and it’s too bad, what was he going to do? Hold up and let the guy go in? He has to go in, and that’s too bad.”

Update 10:07pm ET: Foster is currently healing, post-surgery.  Below, we’ve added Youtube footage of Don Cherry’s complete comments on the matter:

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  Tags: don+cherry, icing, injuries, kurtis+foster, nhl+rules

Flyers Lose Two

From the Sports Network via WJAC,

Struggling to get into the postseason, the Philadelphia Flyers learned on Monday that defenseman Derian Hatcher will be out for the season with a fractured right tibia and forward R.J. Umberger will miss the next two weeks with a sprained MCL.

Hatcher was hurt with 12:07 left in the first period of Saturday’s 3-2 overtime loss to Boston while blocking a slap shot by Bruins forward Andrew Ference. Hatcher was helped off the ice and did not return.  The right leg was broken just above the ankle and was placed in a cast on Saturday. It is possible he might return to play if the Flyers make the postseason.

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  Tags: darien+hatcher, injuries, r.j.+umberger

Health Problems in Columbus

From Tom Reed at Puck-rakers,

You just knew the Jackets’ good health wouldn’t last. Goaltender Pascal Leclaire will miss at least the next two games with a possible concussion, coach Ken Hitchcock said. He was struck in the mask with a puck during pre-game warm-ups on Sunday.

Freddy Norrena will make his second straight start against Calgary on Tuesday night in Nationwide in what promises to be a testy game. [...]

Jackets’ winger David Vyborny is out for 7-to-10 days with a knee sprain. There was fear Sunday night that Vyborny’s season and possibly his Blue Jackets career might have been over.

And from TSN: “The Blue Jackets called up goaltender Dan LaCosta from the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL on an emergency basis.”

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  Tags: dan+lacosta, david+vyborny, freddy+norrena, injuries, pascal+leclaire

Player Has Brain Surgery Following College Game Injury

From Rick Couchman at Hockey.com,

Someone is going to die, someday, but luckily for Tom Pohl, he came out on the fortunate end of things.

There was a close-call in Minnesota last night, but it looks like the hockey fraternity dodged a bullet this time, and considering the events, it could have been tragic.

Let’s face it, some collisions are so significant that you can’t help but wonder how people survive. Especially when it involves someone’s skull smashing into the boards.

continued… *Pohl is in intensive care at the Mayo Clinic, but doing well so far

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  Tags: college+hockey, injuries, minnesota+gophers, tom+pohl

Sabres Lose Spacek and Kalinin

From the CP via TSN,

Jaroslav Spacek could miss the rest of the regular season and Dmitri Kalinin will be out for weeks, leaving the Buffalo Sabres without two veteran defencemen for their final playoff push.

Spacek has a chest injury and will require more tests to determine when he could return, but coach Lindy Ruff said Tuesday, “It’s going to be a good period of time.”

As for Kalinin, Ruff said the player will miss up to two weeks with a shoulder injury.

continued…

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  Tags: dmitri+kalinen, injuries, jaroslav+spacek

Doan Played with Broken Hand

From Jim Gintonio of The Arizona Republic,

Two things fans know about Shane Doan: The Coyotes’ captain had a slow start, and then he cranked up his offense to the point where he was the third-leading scorer in the NHL during January.

What was not known: He did it with a broken hand.

Doan just smiled when asked about the injury, which is healed.

“He plays the same way all the time,” coach Wayne Gretzky said. “He played hard at the beginning of the year; he just wasn’t scoring any goals.”

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  Tags: injuries, shane+doan

Brind’Amour Out For the Season

From TSN (and CP),

If the Carolina Hurricanes hope to make the playoffs, they will have to do so without their captain.

General Manager Jim Rutherford announced that the team will be without Rod Brind’Amour for four to six months after he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee during the first period of Thursday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Following the game the Hurricanes announced that Brind’Amour would undergo reconstructive knee surgery.

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  Tags: injuries, rod+brind-amour

Stastny Close to Returning for the Avs

From Rick Sadowski at the Rocky Mountain News,

Avalanche center Paul Stastny practiced for the second day in a row this morning and said he felt fine, but he won’t play tonight against the San Jose Sharks at the HP Pavilion.

But Stastny, who underwent an appendectomy Jan. 17, is optimistic about returning to the lineup for Saturday’s game in Vancouver against the Canucks.

“Hopefully, after I skate for two more days, I’ll be ready Saturday,” he said. “It doesn’t feel any different, to tell you the truth. It feels good. Everything is good. I don’t feel any different than I did before I had the surgery.”

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  Tags: injuries, paul+stastny

Heatley “Probable” for Return Thursday

From TSN,

The Ottawa Senators should get some much needed help up front on Thursday, as winger Dany Heatley is expected to return to the lineup against the Florida Panthers after spending four weeks on the injured list with a separated shoulder.

“I feel pretty good,” Heatley said after skating Wednesday. “We’ll see how it is when I wake up tomorrow. It’s been feeling really good all along, so we’ll see tomorrow.”

Coach John Paddock was optimistic that Heatley would be ready for Thursday.

“I’d say he’s probable,” Paddock said. “I don’t think he’s going to be at 100 percent until tomorrow, but he’s feeling comfortable, so probable to likely is the impression he gave me.”

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  Tags: dany+heatley, injuries

Devils Without Madden

From Rich Chere at the Star-Ledger,

John Madden said it is very unlikely he will be in the lineup tonight at the Prudential Center because of the risk involved with the skate cut on his right ankle.

“It’s just in a bad spot,” Madden said yesterday after missing a second straight day of practice. “There would definitely be contact with my ankle. Where the cut is, it keeps rubbing. Who knows what could happen?”

If the cut is reopened and with sweat inside his skate boot, Madden’s ankle could become infected and he would be lost for a much longer period of time. That’s a risk the Devils would rather not take.

...and more on the race in the Atlantic Division.

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  Tags: atlantic+division, injuries, john+madden

Updates on Numminen and Thibault

From Mike Harrington at Sabres Edge,

Lots of news from the Sabres camp Wednesday around Teppo Numminen and Jocelyn Thibault—two guys who haven’t seen the ice much this season outside of practice.

The latest on Numminen is that he’s been told he has to wait six months after his heart surgery—or the middle of March—before Sabres doctors clear him for full contact. And while it still smells like the Sabres are trying to shirk their way out of paying any of his $2.6 million salary, I reached Numminen at his home today and he said, “doctors talk to doctors” when asked what has changed in the last week since he gave a glowing post-practice report after a return from the Cleveland Clinic. The heart is fine but no one, he says, is confident the scar in his chest cavity is sufficiently healed for him to play.

continued… with updates on Thibault as well

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  Tags: injuries, jocelyn+thibault, teppo+numminen

No Surgery For Toews

From TSN,

The Chicago Blackhawks received some good news Thursday as an MRI revealed that Jonathan Toews’ knee injury is a sprain and no surgery will be required.

Hawks’ General manager Dale Tallon expected the 19-year old Toews to miss the next three to four weeks.

The electrifying rookie suffered the injury in the first period of Tuesday’s Blackhawks’ loss to the Kings.  Toews said he felt as though he “changed directions too quickly” after going hard into the boards.

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  Tags: injuries, jonathan+toews

Fernandez Likely Gone for Season

From Stephen Harris at the Boston Herald,

Barring an unexpectedly quick rehabilitation, goalie Manny Fernandez’ first year as a Bruin ended yesterday when he underwent surgery to repair a torn MCL in his left knee.

Fernandez first suffered the injury last season while with the Minnesota Wild, but it continued to bother him and has affected his play since training camp.

“It’s a relief, because we know he’s going to be in shape for next year,” B’s general manager Peter Chiarelli said last night before his team’s 4-3 win over the Thrashers. “It’s likely that he’ll be gone the whole year, maybe not, but he’ll be ready for next year.

“It’s been a chronic thing all year and Manny felt he couldn’t perform at 100 percent. He had to alter his style. I’m not ruling out him coming back this year, but we’re under the assumption that with proper rehab, it’s going to take the rest of the year.”

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  Tags: boston+bruins, goalies, injuries, manny+fernandez

Groin Problem Slows Down Cheechoo

via MediaNews,

The team is listing him as day-to-day, and Cheechoo said he honestly had no idea if there was a chance he could play tonight against the Minnesota Wild at HP Pavilion.

“It’s a little sore right now,” Cheechoo said. “It might take a little time to heal. I’ll just have to see how it reacts.”

On his sixth shift Saturday, Cheechoo was digging for a puck in the corner when the ice gave way beneath a skate. He slipped and felt something pull.

He also doesn’t know if the groin injury is related in any way to the double hernia surgery he had last May. But the medical staff, he added, is treating this as a new injury.

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  Tags: injuries, jonathan+cheechoo

Laperriere Back for Avs

From the CP via TSN,

The Colorado Avalanche activated forward Ian Laperriere from the injured reserve list Wednesday.  He missed nine games after suffering a knee injury during a game on Nov. 11 against Minnesota.

*numerous other Avalanche players are still having injury/illness issues however, including Joe Sakic

 

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  Tags: colorado+avalanche, ian+laperriere, injuries

Surgery For Boucher

via the Dallas Stars,

The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has placed defenseman Philippe Boucher on the injured reserve list and have recalled right wing Junior Lessard from the Iowa Stars, Dallas’ primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League.

Boucher, 34, is set to have shoulder surgery today and will be re-evaluated in four weeks

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  Tags: dallas+stars, injuries, philippe+boucher

Volchenkov Suffers Hand Injury

from the Ottawa Sun,

To make matters worse, the Senators’ injury list is growing. Defenceman Anton Volchenkov could be out for an extended period after leaving the game with a hand injury after blocking a shot on the first shift.

While the Senators are fortunate Christoph Schubert was able to slide back and play on the blueline, losing Volchenkov is costly. He logs a lot of minutes and is usually assigned the job of shutting down the top players in the league with Jaromir Jagr and the New York Rangers visiting tomorrow at 2 p.m.

more on the Senators/Predators game last night…

update 10:33am, via TSN,

Sources tell TSN Anton Volchenkov suffered a broken finger last night when he blocked a shot and it’s expected the Ottawa Senator defenceman will be sidelined for four weeks.

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  Tags: anton+volchenkov, injuries, ottawa+senators

Pandolfo Will Miss At Least A Game

from Fire & Ice,

Left wing Jay Pandolfo said he will not play in Friday night’s home game against Montreal because of the “pelvis area” injury he sustained in the third period of Wednesday’s 4-2 win over Dallas. “I won’t be able to play tomorrow,” he said. “It’s disappointing. You never want to be hurt, but, hopefully, it’s not that bad. I think it’s day to day.”

Pandolfo’s ironman man streak will end at 307 consecutive regular season games (the third longest in team history). He last missed a regular season game on Jan. 18, 2003 against Carolina because of a mild concussion (that was the last of four consecutive games he sat out).

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  Tags: injuries, jay+pandolfo, new+jersey+devils

Dowell Out With Broken Foot

via the Chicago Blackhawks,

Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that center Jacob Dowell has been placed on the injured list because of a broken foot.  Dowell will be out of the lineup for two-to-four weeks.  Center Colin Fraser has been recalled from the Blackhawks American Hockey League affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs.

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, colin+fraser, injuries, jacob+dowell

Stick To Black & White Rules

from the Windsor Star,

Last season, defenceman Sean Hill was suspended 25 games by the league after testing positive for steroids.

For his attack on Moore’s brother, Bertuzzi - like Shore a player with a history of violence - missed only 20 games.

In other words, in a span of more than 70 years, not much has changed when it comes to the NHL disciplining its violent offenders.

Hockey remains the only sport where the rules vary as the game progresses. Penalties in football and fouls in basketball are called the same way no matter how much time remains on the clock.

“Make the rules black and white and enforce them as they are written,” is Moore’s challenge to the NHL.

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  Tags: injuries, mark+moore, penalties

Wild Shuffling with Demitra Back

From Russo’s Rants at the Star Tribune,

Pavol Demitra is definitely playing. Matt Foy is coming out for him. Second straight time he’s been scratched after a two-point game. Foster skated today and hopes to practice tomorrow. Nummelin and Harding skated but won’t play.

Demitra has officially been activated for tonight’s game. Harding has been placed on injured reserve to make room for him. This is becoming a shuffling game.

Leading my notebook with the bad luck the Wild has had with facial injuries. Three guys wore full cages today. I said to Jacques it looks like college, and he said, “like a kennel.”

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  Tags: injuries, matt+foy, minnesota+wild, pavol+demitra

Wings Injuries - Draper Out for 10 Days+

From Bruce MacLeod of The Macomb Daily,

Kris Draper’s knee sprain will keep him out of the lineup for 10 days to two weeks. Today, he could just ice the knee and sit in the sauna.

Kirk Maltby (shoulder) didn’t practice. His status is unknown for Thursday.

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Van Ryn Hopes To Avoid Surgery

from the Sun-Sentinel,

While his teammates left for Washington on Tuesday, Panthers defenseman Mike Van Ryn went to receive a cortisone injection in his right wrist.

It’s likely the last resort for Van Ryn before he’s forced to have surgery on that wrist for the third time in a year and a half — surgery that would end the 28-year-old’s season and possibly his seven-year NHL career.

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Lehtinen Out With Abdominal Strain

via the AP,

Stars right wing Jere Lehtinen will be out indefinitely with an abdominal strain, but might not need surgery as the team originally thought, coach Dave Tippett said after Friday night’s 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Earlier on Friday night, the club said Lehtinen would undergo surgery on Monday, but Tippett said that was “premature.”

“We’ll continue to look at it,” Tippett said. “We’ll do some tests and see how it reacts over the next few days.”

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Steve Sullivan Finally Seeing Improvement

from the Daily News Journal,

He’s elevated his off-ice workouts without suffering any of the relapses or back spasms that have plagued him for so long.

It may not sound like much, and there’s still no timetable for Sullivan to return, but a player who’s spent his entire hockey career turning doubters into believers is confident he’s in the process of doing it again.

“The last two weeks have been great because every day I’m able to do a little bit more and wake up somewhat pain free, or at least not being worse the next day,” Sullivan said.

“Am I planning on skating next week? No. But on the other hand, am I three months away? I don’t think so. In my mind, I’m finally seeing results, whereas for the first eight months I hadn’t seen any.”

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White May Attempt Comeback Tonight

from the NY Post,

It has been two months and Colin White’s blurry vision may not improve much more. He’s considering playing against the Penguins here tonight, but even if he doesn’t, the time is near. He needs to know, and so do the Devils….

If White, making $3 million, isn’t able to resume his career, the Devils will have to replace him or endure a season of struggling. Sources say the Devils have already looked around, just in case.

One glaring possibility would be Phoenix’s Ed Jovanovski, who used his no-trade clause to turn down a trade to the Islanders this summer. Jovanovski is struggling with the struggling Coyotes, although Newark might hold little more appeal than Nassau.

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Havlat May Return for Hawks Next Week

Press Release from Chicago Blackhawks:

Blackhawks forward Martin Havlat underwent a strength and evaluation test on his injured shoulder today at the Cleveland Clinic. The results verified that Havlat’s shoulder continues to improve and get stronger. The possibility exists that he may return to the Blackhawks lineup on Wednesday, November 28th, when the Blackhawks host the Tampa Bay Lightning at the United Center at 7:30 p.m.

*Previous updates on the ups and downs of Havlat’s recovery.

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Rene Bourque Out With Broken Thumb

via the Chicago Blackhawks,

Blackhawks forward Rene Bourque suffered a broken thumb in last night’s 5-3 win over the Red Wings in Detroit. He is expected to be out of the Blackhawks lineup anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks.

Bourque suffered the injury while blocking a shot last night in the third period. Bourque scored two goals in last night’s game, both of the shorthanded variety, and added an assist before injuring his thumb. Bourque has scored three goals this season, all shorthanded, while adding five assists for eight points in 16 games.

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Fernandez Has a Plan

From Kevin Dupont at the Boston Globe,

It wasn’t the answer Manny Fernandez wanted.

“No, it wasn’t,” said the Bruins’ injured netminder yesterday, his knee woes making him a spectator for most of this season. “But at least we’ve reached a decision. We have a plan, and now we’ll go from here.”

The plan, in a nutshell: 1. get back on skates immediately; 2. build up leg strength through on-ice workouts and off-ice rehab; 3. hope for the best.

All of that, which Fernandez plans to begin as early as tomorrow in a late-morning workout, is in lieu of surgery.

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Mattias Norstrom Placed on IR in Dallas

From the Dallas Stars,

The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has placed defenseman Mattias Norstrom on the injured reserve list retroactive to November 9. The Stars also recalled defenseman Mark Fistric from the Iowa Stars, Dallas’ primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Norstrom, 35, suffered a small fracture to his orbital bone in the Stars’ Nov. 7 contest at San Jose and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

 

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Berard Set to Return to Islanders

From Erik Boland at Newsday,

The quarterback for a power play that Islanders coach Ted Nolan said lacked power in Monday’s loss to Philadelphia expects to be back on the ice tomorrow night in Pittsburgh.

Defenseman Bryan Berard took the point position on the power play during practice yesterday and said the injured groin that has kept him sidelined six straight games felt “100 percent.”

Berard has not played since leaving the Oct. 20 game against the Devils. “Today was probably the first day I felt 100 percent,” he said. “It’s been a little longer than I would have liked but I kind of got lucky enough where with our schedule, I haven’t missed that many games.”

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Cole Taken Off The Ice - Released From The Hospital

from the News & Observer,

Skating low and fast down the right side chasing the puck moments earlier, (Erik) Cole appeared to fall forward as Panthers defenseman Jassen Cullimore got entangled with him as he leaned into Cole.

Cole was taken to the nearby Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Fla., for observation after laying motionless on the ice for several minutes.

Team officials reported that Cole had demonstrated some movement in his limbs and had some pain in his trapezius muscle covering the upper back and shoulder region.

A team release later said that Cole had been released from the hospital and cleared to fly to Tampa with the team this morning. A CT scan was negative.

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