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from Ian Mendes of TSN,
In terms of actual money, no member of the Ottawa Senators is being paid more this season than Milan Michalek.
The winger is making $6 million in 2013-14 – although his cap hit is only $4.3 million. He is in the final year of a back-loaded deal he signed with the San Jose Sharks prior to the 2008-09 season.
Michalek has only three goals in 18 games so far this season and is sporting a team-worst minus-seven rating. Prorated over the course of a full season, this would translate into just 14 goals and mark the worst offensive output of his NHL career.
In the 2011-12 campaign, Michalek led the Sens with a career-high 35 goals and was one of their most consistent players. But this year, Michalek is like many other players on the roster who is struggling to find his game.
"I know I haven't been good. I have to be better and everyone is expecting me to score," Michalek told a handful of reporters on Thursday. "It's frustrating right now and hopefully it's going to turn around soon."
Going into the first pre-season game of the year, Ottawa Senators' fans had a few questions. Two of the most pressing questions are whether or not Erik Karlsson will be able to fully recover from having his Achilles' tendon partially severed by the skate blade of Matt Cooke and return to Norris Trophy form. Another was whether the newly acquired Bobby Ryan would be able to find chemistry with linemate Milan Michalek and newly minted Captain Jason Spezza (both of whom are also returning from a season plagued by injuries) and justify the heavy price paid to bring him in from Anaheim (former first rounder Stefan Noeson, former Swedish MVP Jakob Silfverberg, and the club's first rounder in 2014).
Of course, no pre-season matchup is going to put those kinds of questions to rest - but all the signs were certainly positive in the Sens 3-1 win over the Jets in Winnepeg last night.
from Wayne Scanlan of Senators Extra,
If it’s good enough for Kobe Bryant and Tiger Woods, it’s good enough for Milan Michalek.
Like the NBA and golfing stars named above, the Ottawa Senators winger visited Germany for unique treatment of his chronic knee problem. On Tuesday, while meeting media prior to the NHL draft this weekend, Senators general manager Bryan Murray merely said Michalek was in Germany to receive “an injection,” treatment that some 30 NBA players, including Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, have received.
The L.A. Times reported the Bryant treatment, in 2011, as “platelet-rich plasma therapy,” in which the platelets of a patient’s blood are isolated and then injected into the injured area to accelerate healing. Like Michalek, Bryant had been through previous knee surgeries and had numerous bone chips in the knee.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
First Sidney Crosby, then Claude Giroux.
Now Milan Michalek?
What’s with the freakish injuries claiming the NHL’s best players?
Michalek, the first NHLer to reach the 19-goal mark this season, was the latest to go down when he collided into teammate Erik Karlsson during the second period of the Senators’ 3-2 overtime win in Buffalo Wednesday.
Michalek did not return after either suffering a right shoulder or head injury.
The Senators would only say it was to do with the “upper body.”
added 3:12am 12/14/11, watch the collision below…
via Matthew Sekeres tweets,
“We don’t have any idea how severe it is” Canucks GM Mike Gillis on Keith Ballard’s injury.
Gillis said the injury was caused by a “violation of the rules” and “not a respected play.” Ballard was slew-footed by Milan Michalek.
via an Elliotte Friedman tweet,
Michalek torn ACL gone for year
Disgruntled forward Dany Heatley has gotten his wish.
The Ottawa Senators dealt the veteran forward to the San Jose Sharks for Milan Michalek, Jonathan Cheechoo and a second round pick.
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has acquired left wing Dany Heatley and a fifth round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for right wing Jonathan Cheechoo, left wing Milan Michalek and San Jose’s second round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft