If the GM Marc Bergevin wants to improve at the trade deadline, he’s going to have to do so without dealing defenseman Alexei Emelin, who will reportedly be out indefinitely with a shoulder injury.
In Wednesday’s game against the Ottawa Senators, Emelin was injured during the first shift of the evening following a hit from Senators winger Mark Stone. Emelin slid into the boards awkwardly and remained on the ice for nearly 40 seconds before being helped to the dressing room. Read more
When the Montreal Canadiens lost defenseman Alexei Emelin to an injury in the first period of Wednesday night’s game against Ottawa, the pressure on the team’s defense corps ratcheted up significantly. There was no immediate word on the severity of Emelin’s upper-body ailment, but in the immediate wake of losing the veteran and the 20 minutes he averages per game, head coach Michel Therrien leaned on a blueliner he’s been leaning on more of late: star P.K. Subban was on his way to playing more than 30 minutes for the third time in five games when he was forced out of the game late in the second period after blocking a shot. Subban returned to start the third and still finished the night with 30:45 of playing time, but it very easily could’ve been a higher number than that.
The Canadiens are already rumored to be seeking a defenseman on the trade market, and the injury scares to two of their veterans should be considered a warning shot across the bow to accelerate the process. Because while the 25-year-old Subban is clearly capable of being on the ice for more than half of every game, Therrien and GM Marc Bergevin must be delicate with his minutes. Just as an NHL GM must balance the needs of the now with the needs of tomorrow on the salary cap front, so too must he keep an eye on the big picture when it comes to the use of his star players. And because Subban is one of the NHL’s most marketable, personable and talented players, Bergevin needs to be aware of the demands that are going to be placed on him not only this year, but beyond. Read more
One of the players the Jets could least afford to lose, Mathieu Perreault, is “likely” sidelined for the remainder of the regular season.
Perreault, 27, has been a standout for Winnipeg this season and was on pace for the best offensive season of his career. In 56 games, Perreault had registered 18 goals –tying his career best mark set in 2013-14 – and 36 points. The injury, sustained Monday against the Edmonton Oilers, came after Jeff Petry checked Perreault. Read more
The Anaheim Ducks have dealt with goaltending injuries, a beaten up blueline and the mumps, but now, with less than two full months of regular season action remaining, the team will have to deal with the losses of Matt Beleskey and Sami Vatanen.
The Ducks announced Tuesday afternoon that Beleskey will be sidelined 2-4 weeks with an upper-body injury, while Vatanen’s lower-body injury will keep him on the shelf for 4-6 weeks. The injuries come just as the Ducks were beginning to get to full health again and right as teams head into the two-week stretch before the trade deadline. Read more
Jets right winger Blake Wheeler is one of Winnipeg’s top point-producers this season. And against the Oilers Monday night, he produced not only a shootout goal, but an injury to Edmonton goalie Viktor Fasth.
The teams remained tied after overtime in Winnipeg when Wheeler skated in on Fasth for the home side’s first shootout shot. The 28-year-old stickhandles a number of times, and Fasth lunged out to his right in a failed attempt to stop the puck, injuring himself in the process: Read more
Former NHL star Robert “Butch” Goring and well-known veterans Sergio Momesso, Manny Legace, Brian Savage and Todd Warriner are among a group of 29 retired players who Monday joined concussion litigation against the NHL for failing to protect its players from the effects of traumatic head injuries.
The new group of 29 players included their names in a U.S District Court lawsuit filed in Minnesota Monday. Although they aren’t represented by lead counsel in the original lawsuit, they are now linking up to accuse the NHL of not doing enough to take appropriate care of their health and cognitive abilities and are seeking unspecified damages as well as a jury trial. The list also includes recognizable names including Todd Elik, Greg Adams and Todd Harvey. Here, in alphabetical order, are the names of former players that appeared on the latest lawsuit file: Read more
Steve Mason has had his share of injuries to deal with this season, but when the Flyers goalie was hurt Sunday against Washington, he was hurt in the oddest of fashions: during a TV timeout.
The 26-year-old Mason, who has been stellar between the pipes for Philadelphia this season (2.27 goals-against average, .925 save percentage), skated to the Flyers bench during a break in the second period before he abruptly left the ice and had to be carried to the dressing room as backup Ray Emery went in: (video via somehockeyvideos) Read more
Hall of Famer Doug Gilmour used to love the practical jokes that are such a big part of hockey culture. He recalled that when he was with the St. Louis Blues, players would often light team broadcaster Dan Kelly’s newspaper on fire during team flights. Think about that for a minute.
Guys would dunk doughnuts into wax that looked exactly like glaze. Or pump Vaseline into the jelly filled ones. But the best one Gilmour ever witnessed occurred when Gilmour played for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1990s. Read more