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from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants
, “I wish I could give you a timetable, but it’s pretty much day to day and make sure I’m symptom free before I start exercising again,” Bouchard said. “I’m positive I can come back. The only bad thing about concussions is you don’t know how much time it’s going to take.”
Bouchard said it’s a fast game and accidents will happen, but he wishes there was more respect on the ice (talking about Bogosian hit and others). He joins a laundry list of NHLers, including several top ones like Sidney Crosby and Marc Savard and Chris Pronger, sidelined by concussions.
Bouchard said he’ll be patient and make sure he’s 100 percent before he starts working out. He said he also suffered whiplash, so his neck is stiff.
“I have a special helmet that’s supposed to help against concussions and my mouthguard, that’s supposed to be better and help you if you get hit. So I guess I took all the precautions that I could, but I guess it wasn’t enough.”
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Pierre-Marc Bouchard suffered a broken nose and cut lip Tuesday night when he was driven face-first into the boards by a Winnipeg defenseman. But the Wild winger said he thinks he has avoided what everyone who knows his history fears—a concussion.
Unfortunately for the Wild, Guillaume Latendresse hasn’t.
One game after returning from a concussion, Latendresse was lost during the first intermission of Wednesday’s 4-3 shootout loss to Chicago because of what coach Mike Yeo termed post-concussion syndrome.
Latendresse logged 7:03 of ice time in the first period with four hits. On one shift, he checked Nick Leddy hard, then rocked Viktor Stalberg with an open-ice hit near the benches. It’s unclear if that’s when Latendresse was rattled.
But clearly, the power winger, who missed 15 games before returning in Winnipeg, will be shut down indefinitely.
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
Pierre-Marc Bouchard is in the house, road the bike and is now on the ice. I’m no doc, but broken nose is a guarantee, and coach Mike Yeo pretty much confirmed that (“nose is smashed up”). Also has a cut lip. Still, depending on how he feels, he’s a game-time decision. Yeo said he wants to make sure Bouchard feels good because of his concussion career.
Hope to talk to Bouchard. No word on if Zach Bogosian will face discipline. NHL discipline exec Brendan Shanahan is traveling today, so I hope to hear soon if he’s seen the incident. Yeo felt Bogosian’s hands were high and needed to be in a lot more control, but “we’re not screaming bloody murder” that he needs to be suspended.
more on the Wild…
Zach Bogosian with a hit on Pierre-Marc Bouchard late in the game. Bogosian also received a ten and game misconduct.
The condition of Bouchard?
This via Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
Coach Mike Yeo said Bouchard was getting patched up, but an update will come Wednesday. I have heard his face is a mess. Obviously the concern is a head injury because Bouchard has a history of concussions. He returned last Dec. 1 after being limited to one game two seasons ago after his season-ending one three years ago.
First the hit via TSN and below, the Wild broadcasting team make the same call.
This is only a partial statement from player agent Allan Walsh regarding his client, Pierre-Marc Bouchard, being suspended for two games…
What message is Brendan Shanahan sending with this unwarranted suspension? All perennial Lady Byng candidates should now be on notice that when an opponent high sticks himself in the mouth, he can expect a minimum suspension of 2 regular season NHL games. This result is a shameful farce for the League.
It gets better, read the rest at Russo’s Rants.
NEW YORK—Minnesota Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard has been suspended, without pay, for two games for a high-stick to the face of Columbus forward Matt Calvert during NHL Game #16 on October 8, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Bouchard will forfeit $44,108.10. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
At 18:54 of the second period, Bouchard hit Calvert in the face with his stick, injuring the Columbus player in the process. Bouchard was assessed a double-minor penalty for high sticking.
Bouchard will miss games Oct. 10 at NY Islanders and Oct. 11 at Ottawa. He will be eligible to return Oct. 13 vs. Edmonton.
A full explanation of Shanahan’s decision, complete with video, will be available soon on NHL.com.
If you missed the video earlier today, watch it here.
added 8:17pm, Shanahan explains the suspension below…
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
Minnesota Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard has a hearing with the league today after his swinging highstick to the face of Blue Jackets winger Matt Calvert late in the second period of Saturday’s game. News of the hearing was first reported by Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos….
“It’s definitely an attempt to injure,” Arniel said. “Our whole bench saw it. Their whole bench saw it.
“We want to talk about getting hit from behind and shots to the head, but we allow a guy to stay in the game after taking a baseball swing at a guy’s face? That’s a joke.”
added 2:58pm, video of the stick swing can be seen below…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
A view from the front lines of the NHL’s concussion debate must, of necessity, include a chat with the Minnesota Wild’s Pierre-Marc Bouchard, who missed a staggering 104 games over parts of two seasons recovering from a pair of debilitating, career-threatening concussions.
Bouchard never ever thought he would be out as long he was, which goes to the heart of the concussion conundrum. At the time the injuries occur, the players themselves are in the worst position to self-diagnose because they are, after all, suffering from a brain injury that impairs judgment.
“Concussions are really tricky,” Bouchard was saying, before the Wild clobbered Calgary 6-0 to sweep the two Alberta teams and unexpectedly move into contention for a playoff berth in the Western Conference.
Bouchard is scoring again, but freely acknowledges that even 24 games into his return, he has not got his old form back.
“To be honest, I don’t think it’s there, 100 per cent yet,” said Bouchard. “I was out for so long. Some games, I feel my game is there. Sometimes, I know there’s part of my game that can still be better - that what I used to do in the past, I can be better doing. It’s been okay. There are good things and bad things I do in the game, but I think I’m heading in the right direction.”
continued plus other NHL topics including Wings, Blues and Sharks…
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Pierre-Marc Bouchard’s long road back from a concussion is near complete.
The Wild playmaker is scheduled to play his first game in nearly 14 months Wednesday night when he suits up against the Phoenix Coyotes.
“I figured that the day would come. You just never knew when,” said coach Todd Richards, who has coached Bouchard in only one game—last season’s opener at Columbus.
“You watch him practice, and he gets you excited because you see the things he can do. Obviously, a game is going to be different, but you’re excited to have him back.”
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
Pierre-Marc Bouchard’s rehab assignment to Houston will have to wait. Bouchard, who hasn’t play a hockey game since Opening Night last season due to a concussion and subsequent post-concussion syndrome, had a conversation with Denver-based Dr. James Kelly on Thursday. Bouchard told the concussion specialist what he’s been telling us for months. He still has a certain pressure in his head, sometimes immediately after workouts, sometimes late in the afternoon, sometimes at nights.
He’s complained about this symptom since I talked to him on the phone in June, although he said it hasn’t gotten better. Kelly has “strongly recommended” to Bouchard to “hit pause.” That doesn’t mean he’s been shut down. Bouchard is allowed to continue to work out and practice normally (includes contact) with the Wild, but until he strings some days together without symptoms, he’s not able to take the next step and play some games.
from Bruce Brothers of the Pioneer Press,
Six months ago, Pierre-Marc Bouchard not only stayed off the ice at the Xcel Energy Center, but he dared venture out for only short walks through his neighborhood.
Mentally, he said, he “kind of hit the bottom.”
Last week, however, Bouchard was back to feeling his oats.
“Gotta go,” he said by phone from his summer home in Montreal. “My brother wants to go for a bike ride.”
It’s no coincidence that as Bouchard missed 81 of the Wild’s 82 games last season because of post-concussion symptoms, the Wild floundered in the NHL’s Western Conference standings and fell short of the playoffs.
Team personnel, along with Bouchard, are cautiously optimistic that the playmaking former first-round draft pick will play for the Wild this season. Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher can’t wait to see the shifty, 5-foot-10 forward back in the team’s lineup.
“He will come back, and the sooner the better, but again there’s still some healing to be done,” Fletcher said
from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,
Sidelined Wild playmaker Pierre-Marc Bouchard, who continues his long, frustrating struggle with a concussion, has returned to Minnesota after almost two weeks in Montreal, where he sought ulterior treatment plans.
Bouchard was examined by a neuropsychologist, an osteopath and his exercise kinesiologist, Paul Gagne.
“The [neuropsychologist]—the head doctor—did a bunch of tests and I should have the results pretty soon, but overall there doesn’t look like I have brain damage, which is a good thing,” Bouchard said. “At least my memory and reaction time and reflexes look good.
“Now it’s just a question of still getting rid of my symptoms—the pressure in my head that I still have.”
via Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
Wild GM Chuck Fletcher just announced that center/winger Pierre-Marc Bouchard came to coach Todd Richards after this morning’s skate to tell him he’s still not feeling well and had trouble sleeping last night with recurring headaches.
He’s been taken out of the lineup and the Wild will “seek out some medical solutions.”
Bouchard missed much of training camp with what was said to be an illness. He was dropping hints the last week to the media that he wondered if he had a concussion and “was not 100 percent.” He missed the last eight games of last season with a concussion.
Fletcher made clear that he doesn’t think it’s a concussion and that “he had a virus and the bloodwork showed he had a virus” and was telling the team he was feeling better.
via Russo’s Rants,
Right wing Pierre-Marc Bouchard will return to Minnesota tomorrow morning to rest a sore back that’s been bothering him since early in training camp. He missed the first three preseason games with the same problem.
Wild assistant GM Tom Lynn wouldn’t say anymore.
from the Pioneer Press,
After losing offensive weapons Brian Rolston and Pavol Demitra through free agency during the offseason, the Wild made sure that they’d have playmaking whiz Pierre-Marc Bouchard around for the next two seasons at least.
The Wild and Bouchard agreed late Friday night to a five-year, $20.4 million contract that includes, according to assistant general manager Tom Lynn, a commitment by general manager Doug Risebrough not to trade Bouchard for at least two years.
thanks to KK member PuckHound61 for posting the signing in the KK Forum very early this morning. I went to the Chicago/Detroit ballgame last night with plans to update KK when I got home. Well, things didn’t turn out so well for the Tigers so I spent some extra time crying in my beer.
added 10:43am, Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed right wing Pierre-Marc Bouchard to a five-year, $20.4 million contract.
“Pierre-Marc is just 24 years old and the best years of his career are ahead of him,” said Risebrough. “He is a good example of how drafting and developing your own players leads to team success. This is why the Wild was willing to make such a substantial and long-term commitment to him.”
From Michael Russo at the Star-Tribune,
“If somebody’s going to sign Butch to an offer sheet, I doubt it would be for 5 percent more than [his $2.6 million salary],” Lynn said. “In fact, that might be a favor for us. So let’s assume it would be a huge bonus to what he’s making this year. The field narrows pretty quickly, and then of those few, they’d have to be willing and able to do so.”
Of course, if Bouchard is in the Wild’s long-term plans, the team will eventually have to pony up anyway. After all, Bouchard can become an unrestricted free agent in July 2009. So why not pay now?
“If oil’s $100 a barrel, would you rush out now and buy as much as you can if you know there’s a good chance it won’t get worse?” Lynn said. “Or, would you wait and see if it goes down to $70 or $80 a barrel? You could always spend $100 a barrel three months from now.”