In an interview with TSN’s Michael Farber Thursday, Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray revealed the extent of the cancer he was diagnosed with over the summer – and the long-term outlook for him is not good.
“There is no cure at this point for me,” Murray said of his Stage-4 (the most serious) colon cancer, which had also spread to his lungs and liver. “The frustrating part — and I’ve said this to several doctors since then — is, ‘How come there were no signs?’ ”
The soon-to-be 72-year-old Murray announced in July he was suffering from the disease, but in his discussion with Farber he said he’s since learned he was likely living with some form of cancer for the past decade without knowing it. He had not undergone a colonoscopy that likely would have detected a problem and dealt with it at an earlier stage, but to his credit, Murray is not feeling sorry for himself and made a point to advocate for men to have prostate exams. Read more
The Anaheim Ducks announced late Wednesday that star right winger Corey Perry and cornerstone blueliner Francois Beauchemin had (a) been diagnosed with the mumps, (b) are in various stages of treatment for the viral infection and (c) are sidelined on a day-to-day basis (Perry is considered closer to returning). Mumps aren’t a normal diagnosis for any NHLer, but over the course of league history, there have been a handful of out-of-the-ordinary medical situations like this to confront players. Here are a few examples:
• In 2009, Bruins center David Krejci was separated from the team during the season and quarantined with the H1N1 virus (a.k.a. the swine flu) until he stopped showing symptoms or a fever. Krejci was one of five NHLers (including Doug Weight, Ladislav Smid and Peter Budaj) to contract the virus that season. None of the affected players suffered serious aftereffects. Read more
Don’t look now, but the best team in the west is the Vancouver Canucks, who beat the Ottawa Senators 4-3 in overtime Tuesday to improve their record to 12-5-0 and claim sole possession of top spot in the Western Conference. So look now at the reason they were able to do so: a terrific pass-and-convert game-winning goal between Canucks stars Henrik and Daniel Sedin:
Vancouver had blown three leads during the game at Rogers Arena, but escaped with a win 54 seconds before the shootout thanks to a nifty deke Henrik Sedin put on Sens forward Clarke MacArthur followed by a brilliant cross-ice pass he made to brother Daniel Sedin, who instantly fired the puck just inside the post past goalie Craig Anderson for Vancouver’s eighth win in their past 10 games: Read more
Thanks to a fan in attendance of the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs game on Sunday night, we have footage of a fan altercation that got a bit out of hand at the Canadian Tire Centre.
It’s hard to tell what is really happening while the Leafs and Senators fans go at it, but one thing is for sure, it’s hard to expect what happens near the end. You’ll have to watch all the way through to see the horrific finale: Read more
What makes New York Rangers’ winger Chris Kreider a unique player is his combination of size and speed. At 6-foot-3 and nearly 200 lbs., that same speed also makes him a danger when he comes crashing towards the net.
And, after Sunday night’s game against the Edmonton Oilers, some are starting to wonder about Kreider’s intentions when he gets close to the crease.
In the contest – a 3-1 loss at the hands of the Oilers – Kreider received a goaltender interference penalty for contact, no matter how incidental, with Edmonton netminder Viktor Fasth: Read more
Hockey fans are a special breed. So special, in fact, we dedicated an entire issue, appropriately dubbed the Fan Issue, entirely to the hockey fan. Be it cheering (or jeering) habits, your fantastic fan stories, or a little bit about the players you love the most, we wanted to give you the issue you’ve always wanted.
In return, we asked for one small thing: pictures of your fan cave – the place you go, decked out with all your favorite gear, to watch your team 82 times during the regular season as they work towards chasing hockey’s ultimate prize.
We received a number of submissions, but below you can find our favorites: Read more
Before their makeup game in Ottawa Sunday night, the Maple Leafs and Senators honored the sacrifices made by the Canadian military in a number of ways.
The two teams began the day paying their respects at the National War Memorial, the site of an Oct. 22 attack that claimed the life of Canadian Cpl. Nathan Cirillo:
Later on, the teams wore camouflage jerseys in the warmup that will be auctioned off in support of the Soldier On charity: Read more
I’m starting to pick up a theme with the schizophrenic Senators: When Craig Anderson is having a good season, Ottawa is having a good season.
The veteran netminder reinforced that point last night in a 3-1 victory over Detroit, stoning Tomas Jurco on a 2-on-1 with a stacked-pad save right out of the 1980s: