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Toby Stumbo -> General NHL Talk (7/14/2007 10:50:40 PM)

What's going on around the league?

Stacey King -> RE:General NHL Talk (11/6/2007 8:22:38 PM)

Fashion News: Hems stops haws The Rangers made an adjustment of their own to another new Reebok product - the widely lampooned redesigned jersey. And the NHL is not going to make an issue of it. Unhappy with the fact that the curved, white bottom of their home jerseys made them look like they were performing Barbecue on Ice - and that the extra material was snagging - a couple of Rangers asked equipment manager Acacio Marques to hem them. The whole team joined in, so now no Rangers look like they're wearing white aprons beneath their blue jerseys and over their red pants. Having already ordered oversized jerseys to nullify the form-fitting look Reebok and the NHL were going for, the Rangers almost are back to the classic look that worked pretty well for 80 years. One more thing to do: Get the diagonal R-A-N-G-E-R-S back to its traditional typeface and size and again centered on the front of the jersey.

So.Mn.Fan -> RE:General NHL Talk (11/7/2007 7:30:49 AM)

Sheesh, Ottawa off to a 13-1-0 start, best in NHL history. Seems every year they go thru periods of invincibility. What happens to them come playoff time? They are just a juggernaut again. Rolling people. Great combo of skill, size, speed, and tending. Will be damn hard for anyone to beat them.

Jeff Jesser -> RE:General NHL Talk (11/7/2007 5:25:12 PM)

Ottawa is like us though. They are great in the regular season but then get pushed around in the playoffs because they are soft. Hopefully we've turned that around. We are more tough this year, so far. I even cringed because of that when DR said (years ago)..."we are trying to build a model like Ottawa"....

So.Mn.Fan -> RE:General NHL Talk (11/8/2007 7:35:23 AM)

Congrats to a guy I admire. Went from prima donna pretty boy in most people's eyes to a real warrior in the league for a long time, imo. Great commitments to his original team and also to USA Hockey. To quote Herbie .... He's one hell of a player.

djskillz -> RE:General NHL Talk (11/8/2007 8:59:32 AM)

Good stuff Scott. I'm not a big hockey guy as you guys know, but I've always LOVED Modano.

So.Mn.Fan -> RE:General NHL Talk (11/8/2007 9:47:35 AM)

Good taste as usual, Dustin. I mentioned this in the media thread, but for all you puckheads, if you haven't got The NHL channel on Directv, get it. I may never leave the house again. Love how they cover games, they don't just highlight goals, it's everything, the good chances, the good hits, the fights. They do an awesome job of covering the NHL, imo. Each night is non-stop coverage of the night's games as they go on. Great stuff. (My wife hates it) First question from her ..... "another channel? How much is THAT one costing us?" I proudly stated it was "free". She wasn't as impressed as I thought she'd be. :)

djskillz -> RE:General NHL Talk (11/8/2007 9:52:35 AM)

haha. Gah, I do wish I could get DirecTV (apt complex won't let us). That just reminds me; my best buddy just got married this summer, and we were hanging out the other night and randomly start talking about basketball. Says "ya, that reminds me, Liz (his wife) walked into the room last night and I was watching the game. I'm sitting here with a big smile on my face loving it. And all she could say was 'It's basketball season? NO!" I about fell off my chair laughing at that.

So.Mn.Fan -> RE:General NHL Talk (11/8/2007 10:07:13 AM)

Some guys hide their porn from their wives, I gotta stash my sports. She got me good this summer. This Fall actually. It's opening night for the Wild and I'm "preparing". Got my Diet Dr Pepper, my lounging clothes, and I'm in the process of re-shaping my recliner into the shape of my rear end, when I look up and see her talking on the phone. I pay no attention (imagine that) as she continues to talk. Suddenly, like a large buck being stalked by hunters, my ears burned red and I sprung to attention as I overheard "Directv" come out of her mouth. I pretended not to notice as I slunk back down into the chair. About that time, my FSN goes black and the familiar "this channel is no longer available" scrolls across the bottom of the screen. I must have given her quite the look while springing out of the chair, because she has laughed about it with her friends ever since. Horrible, horrible prank. What if I had had one of those Chris Farley "Da Bears" choking episodes on my DDP and puffed corn? Hmmmm Hey! Wait a minute, maybe she???? Nah. :)

djskillz -> RE:General NHL Talk (11/8/2007 10:18:37 AM)

:lol: :lol: :lol:

So.Mn.Fan -> RE:General NHL Talk (11/10/2007 6:28:06 PM)

tap....tap......tap Is this thing on? I'm excited, I hear the Wild may play again soon. Probably 4 back-to-backs in a row coming up soon. Bettman! :(

Stacey King -> PHILLY PAPER (12/3/2007 7:19:58 PM)

Flyers winger big scorer off ice Don't believe anything you hear about hockey being on the wane. At least chicks are still into it. Flyers right winger Scottie Upshall indicated the answer was yes when Preston Elliot asked Friday morning on 93.3 WMMR's Preston & Steve show whether he'd ever scored with two girls at once. "Let me just say that life is good," replied Upshall. The 24-year-old Canadian was mum when pressed for details.

TJSweens -> RE: General NHL Talk (12/19/2007 3:50:20 PM)

Chris Simon gets a 30 game suspension for his dumb ass  manuver in trying to injure Rutuu. Good Riddance.

Andy Lowe -> RE: General NHL Talk (1/4/2008 12:12:33 PM)

What are your guys' thoughts on Rick Nash?

Jeff Jesser -> RE: General NHL Talk (1/4/2008 2:13:48 PM)

Stud but stuck in a crappy franchise.  They seem to be turning it around but if he were drafted by a team like Colorado or Detroit he would be one of the poster boys for the leauge.  Great combo of size/strenght and grit.  I would love to have on the Wild. 

Andy Lowe -> RE: General NHL Talk (1/4/2008 2:42:52 PM)


ORIGINAL: Jeff Jesser

Stud but stuck in a crappy franchise.  They seem to be turning it around but if he were drafted by a team like Colorado or Detroit he would be one of the poster boys for the leauge.  Great combo of size/strenght and grit.  I would love to have on the Wild. 

Thanks Jeff, I'm not too much into hockey, but am getting more into it. I've always followed it a little just becuase of my interests in all sports  Getting a franchise here in Columbus, has helped me get more into it, go to games etc. .

I know you guys are probably pretty knowlegeable, so I was curious what you thought.

Yeah, we've been pretty bad over the years.  This year we have some hope for the playoffs, but there a are lot of teams battling out for the last couple playoff spots.

I don't think we ever drafted well, I never thought Doug McClain was that great of a talent evaluator.

Jeff Jesser -> RE: General NHL Talk (1/4/2008 3:13:29 PM)

Yeah McClain set you guys back pretty badly.  You have the talent this year to lock up the playoffs if you stay healthy.  If things stay the course you will fighting it out in the end with us, Aneheim, Calgary and Colorado for the last 2 spots.  Should be interesting. 

Jim Frenette -> RE: General NHL Talk (1/11/2008 11:06:59 AM)

Washington signed Ovechkin to a 13 year contract. What is the fascination of giving out that many years of guaranteed money? So much can happen between now and then to end his career.

Jim Frenette -> RE: General NHL Talk (1/28/2008 5:45:42 PM)

The Ducks talked Selane out of retirement and signed him to a year contract.

So.Mn.Fan -> RE: General NHL Talk (2/11/2008 3:44:01 PM)

OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators acquired forward Cory Stillman and defenseman Mike Commodore from the Carolina Hurricanes for forward Patrick Eaves and defenseman Joe Corvo on Monday.

Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Stillman waived a no-trade clause to complete the deal.

"We're very happy to address one of our needs, making our defense more mobile and adding a player like Joe that can play on the power play," Rutherford said. "Also, we view Patrick as a real character player, a real good young player that can fit into our style of play."

Stillman and Commodore were part of Carolina's championship team in 2006. Stillman also won a Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004.

"It's very tough to say goodbye to guys that we part of winning a championship," Rutherford added. "So this is a tough deal, but one that's necessary."

Stillman and Commodore will each be unrestricted free agents July 1. Eaves will be a restricted free agent while Corvo has two more seasons left at $2.75 million per year.

The Senators lead the Eastern Conference and have made few changes from the team that lost to Anaheim in last year's Stanley Cup. But they've struggled of late and Senators GM Bryan Murray worked the phones trying to make a deal.

Stillman, who earned $1.75 million this year, has 21 goals and 25 assists in 55 games. The Senators had been looking to add a top forward to complement leading scorers Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza.

Commodore is a rugged defenseman who had 12 points and 74 penalty minutes in 41 games. He earns $1.3 million.

Eaves had four goals and six assists in 26 games. Corvo had six goals and 21 assists in 51 games.

So.Mn.Fan -> RE: General NHL Talk (2/12/2008 1:33:09 PM)

It's a memory that Clint Malarchuk cannot erase, even with the passing of two decades.

After hearing the news of Richard Zednik's gruesome neck injury -- the Florida Panther's carotid artery was accidentally severed by a teammate's skate in a game Sunday -- Malarchuk had to once again fight off a recurring nightmare.

"I called in sick," Malarchuk told The Calgary Herald on Monday. "And I was sick. In my head. In my heart. I didn't have a cold. I didn't have flu. But I felt sick just the same. I just could not deal with this. It's been a hard day for me. A very hard day. Harder, actually, than when I was hurt.

"Funny, but I've seen my accident, oh, maybe 100 times. You go to YouTube, punch in my name and you get three different angles of it. Pretty graphic stuff. I've seen it so many times I've almost become detached from it.

"But this ... ? I couldn't bring myself to look."

Malarchuk knows all too well what Zednik experienced.
On March 22, 1989, during a game between the Buffalo Sabres and St. Louis Blues, Steve Tuttle's skate severed the former Sabres goalie's jugular vein. Blood poured from Malarchuk as a trainer pressed a towel against his neck. Malarchuk needed 300 stitches to close the gash.

Zednik was critically injured Sunday night in the third period of the Panthers' game at Buffalo. Teammate Olli Jokinen was upended and his razor-sharp skate blade pierced Zednik's neck, opening a deep gash.
A significant amount of blood immediately began pouring from the 1½-inch wound, leaving a wide, ghastly red trail on the ice as Zednik skated to the Panthers' bench, desperate for help. His carotid artery -- which pumps blood to the brain -- was cut, and emergency surgery that night at Buffalo General Hospital probably saved his life.
The Panthers expected an update on Zednik's condition later Tuesday.
Malarchuk, now a goaltending coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets, told the Herald he had trouble sleeping Sunday night.
"I can only imagine what was going through Richard Zednik's head at that time," Malarchuk told the newspaper. "In my case, I was sure I was going to die. My only concern was getting off the ice so that my mother, who was watching the game back home on TV, wouldn't have to see me bleed to death.

"What I learned, what Richard has learned, what everyone who was in the building that night has learned, is that it can end like ... that. When God calls you, you're obliged to go."

Malarchuk returned to the net less than two weeks after being injured, but he couldn't get past what had happened.

"I came back really strong, I came back really big," he told the Herald. "I came back quicker than anyone imagined. People were saying: 'What a man! What a stud!' But at night, I'd sit straight up, gasping, seeing this huge skate coming at my face and my throat, and I couldn't catch my breath.

"The physical recuperation, that's the easy part. It's the mental side you fight with. I look back now and ask myself 'Is that why this happened to me? Is that why I'm so screwed up?' I go to one of those slasher movies, those slice-'n-dice things, blood spurting everywhere, and I break out in a cold sweat. I start to squirm. But this isn't a movie. It's real life. People could die."

Malarchuk told the Herald that he'd offer any support or advice to Zednik if the Panthers forward wants or needs it.

"I feel sorry for Richard Zednik. But I also feel sorry for Olli Jokinen, the Florida Panthers and the Buffalo Sabres. There's not only one victim in this type of situation. Nobody gets out unaffected," Malarchuk said. "You cannot be directly involved in something like that and not be profoundly affected by it. You cannot see something like that and not be profoundly affected by it.

"Thankfully, Richard Zednik will live. He'll play again. But what happened ... I can tell him from firsthand experience, it's something that never leaves you."

So.Mn.Fan -> RE: General NHL Talk (2/13/2008 5:49:19 PM)

The Minnesota-educated doctor who led the on-the-scene scramble to treat the player whose neck was gouged by a skate in an NHL game in Buffalo on Sunday is being universally hailed for quickly responding to what could have been a deadly incident.
But Sabres team doctor and Edina native Les Bisson today played down what he did, emphasizing the fortunate sequence of rapid-fire events -- from the moment Richard Zednik's neck began gushing blood until surgeons repaired the nearly severed carotid artery -- that saved the Florida Panther's life.
Bisson, a team doctor for the Buffalo Sabres for 11 years, graduated from Edina High School and the University of Minnesota in the 1980s before heading off to the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Maryland.
Bisson dashed from his seat five rows from ice level to the bench and squeezed off Zendik's the artery, which had been cut by teammate Olli Jokinen's skate blade. That gave the 32-year-old winger enough time for life-saving surgery at Buffalo General Hospital.
Attention from news media and sports bloggers alike since Zednik's injury has been intense on Bisson.
Wrote Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News: "Bisson will always be a special man in [Zednik's] life. After all, he saved it."
And from a Florida hockey fan on his NHL Connect blog: "Right now I want Dr. Les Bisson's autograph more than anybody else's. Even though his picture may not be on anybody's wall ... he and others like him are the true heroes in this world."
Zednik was upgraded to good condition Tuesday, and he should be able to play again next season, doctors say. Between surgeries today in Buffalo, Bisson said that ideal circumstances greatly improved Zednik's chances of survival and make "very hard" for him to wear the crown of a hero.
"It's a team effort," said Bisson, who was involved in another major sports medical drama, when he was the first doctor to reach Kevin Everett's side when the Buffalo lineman suffered a serious spinal injury at the Bills' Ralph Wilson Stadium. "There were a lot of team things that happened" to save crucial time for Zednik.
At first, Bisson said, it was fortunate that Zednik could skate off the ice on his own, rather than taking time to have others move the 200-pounder in full equipment. He pointed to the assistant trainer who first reached Zednik and put pressure on the wound to stop the bleeding. From there, Bisson took over and held Zednik's neck as security kept the arena tunnel clear to the waiting ambulance.
In the meantime, police were blocking off cross traffic on the route to the hospital. At Buffalo General, surgeons awaited their patient's arrival.
While it "seemed like the ambulance ride took absolutely forever," Bisson estimated that Zednik was in surgery no more than 15 minutes from the moment he was cut. Bisson added that the ambulance driver said "he's never gotten to the hospital so fast."
As for NHL players being required to wear neckguards, Bisson said that league executives are interested in how he and the others responded to Zednik's injury.
Bisson, who played hockey as a youth and is the father of an 8-year-old goalie, said a Sabres executive asked him what would have happened if a player had such an injury during practice, when medical personnel are not so readily available.
Bisson said that chances of survival would have been less, and he added that he thinks neckguards during practice "is a good idea."
"But it's hard to get players to change their equipment."

So.Mn.Fan -> RE: General NHL Talk (2/14/2008 10:12:02 PM)

Geez, Phoenix and Chicago are quickly becoming powers.
Tons of young talent that is starting to gel.
Good for the league, very good.
Gretzky needs to get deep in the playoffs, and the big fan base in Chicago has to get back in the game.
Both things will help the league in the long run.  

Jeff Jesser -> RE: General NHL Talk (2/15/2008 9:26:58 AM)

Yeah, it would be great to see Chicago get back to prominence.  I grew up hating Secord and Savard.  

So.Mn.Fan -> RE: General NHL Talk (2/22/2008 2:46:08 AM)

Fantastic end to a horrific story.
It will be a long road back, but he'll make it.
Zednik: 'I felt like somebody stabbed me'

Associated Press

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Richard Zednik felt a stabbing pain in his neck and knew he had to get to the bench -- fast. Once there, the Florida Panthers right wing thought of his 4-year-old daughter, Ella.
"I remember thinking, 'Am I going to see her grow up?' " Zednik said.
The ghastly accident happened Feb. 10 in Buffalo. Teammate Olli Jokinen was upended and his skate swung up, slashing Zednik's neck. His carotid artery was sliced but not completely severed, and the blade missed his jugular vein.
"I felt like somebody stabbed me," Zednik said Thursday at his first news conference since the injury. "I knew exactly what happened and I knew exactly what I had to do. ... When I got to the bench, I knew it was an artery, the way the blood was going. I don't want to think about it, but I was in pretty bad shape."
Zednik underwent surgery and was discharged from Buffalo General Hospital a week ago. He returned to South Florida a day later. Now he wants to play as soon as possible.
"I can't wait to get back and be with the guys," he said.
The 32-year-old Zednik bears a long red scar down the right side of his scruffy neck, courtesy of the surgery. The scar intersects the 1½ inch cut left by Jokinen's skate.
Zednik said that during his recovery he's been shopping for cars online and spending time with Ella. The Panthers' Web site has received more than 20,000 get-well messages. Zednik also took a call from the president of his native Slovakia, Ivan Gasparovic.
"It was short," Zednik said. "He's such a nice guy."



AP Photo/J. Pat Carter
Richard Zednik has a long red surgery scar down the right side of his neck, which intersects the 1½-inch cut left by teammate Olli Jokinen's skate.

A video of the accident posted online has been viewed more than a million times, but Zednik said he has seen the footage only once and won't watch it again. He said he was at first hesitant to see it, but curiosity took over.
"At first when I was in the Buffalo hospital, I was like, 'No, I don't want to watch.' I was like still kind of in shock. But then when I got back to Florida ... I was curious, exactly, how the skate came to the neck," he said. "I watched it once. That's enough."
It's doubtful Zednik will return this season. Florida coach Jacques Martin said he expects Zednik's recovery to take about eight weeks. The regular season ends April 5, and there may be no postseason for the Panthers.
Still, the team was glad to find Zednik on the mend.
"It's nice to see Richard back and looking good," Martin said. "Knowing that he can fully recover is what I think is most important."
Zednik's accident came nearly two decades after the neck of Sabres goaltender Clint Malarchuk was slashed in a similar accident. Malarchuk recovered but later struggled with nightmares and flashbacks.
He has tried to get a message to Zednik through the Panthers' front office, but Zednik said he'd rather not discuss the injury.
"I don't think it's something I want to talk about," he said. "I want to focus on my career. I just think I'll be OK."
Few NHL players wear neck guards, but Zednik is now thinking about how he can better protect himself. Neck guards generally are used in the junior and amateur levels, not the pros.
"For sure, I'm going to look for something," he said.
A 12-year veteran, Zednik has 15 goals and 11 assists in 54 games this season, his first with the Panthers. He didn't manage a point over 16 games from Dec. 28 to Feb. 1, but he had six goals and three assists in the four games that preceded the game in which he was hurt.
"I think his teammates really care for Richard," Martin said. "The fact that we know he's going to recover fully and he can get back to enjoying life -- I think that's a big lift."

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