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(NHL)   Not news: Pittsburgh Penguin defenseman Kris Letang out at least 6 weeks. Scary: Because he had a stroke   (penguins.nhl.com) divider line 22
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2014-02-07 08:04:25 PM  
Next Pens defenseman that goes down will be because of meteorite strike.  That's about all that's left to happen for this season.
 
2014-02-07 09:18:42 PM  
Well that sucks, I'm happy to hear it'll only be 6 weeks and not forever.
 
2014-02-07 10:43:24 PM  
A real hockey player would have been back on the ice after 6 minutes.

/obviously kidding

Hope he gets back on the ice soon, but not a minute before is back to 100%
 
2014-02-07 10:47:12 PM  
Oh man, speaking of freak injuries, I was looking for a story about Chris Pronger's on-ice heart attack back in the 90s and I came across this gem of an interview:

Dan Patrick: Give me an NHL rule that you want to get rid of.
Chris Pronger: No touch-up icing.
DP: And why does it bother you?
CP: Well, how many times a game do you see the other team beat you down there for the icing? Maybe once? ... It would negate a lot of injuries, I think.
DP: What else you got. That's not a very sexy one to get rid of.
CP: OK. You know what they need to get rid of is that neck protector that goalies wear. That little plastic shield.
DP: That protects their throat?
CP: Yes.
DP: What's wrong with that?
CP: It gets in the way an awful lot.
DP: It gets in the way of what? You putting a puck right through their gullet?
CP: Well, when they break and they fall all over the place, they make that funny noise out on the ice.
DP: Yeah, but didn't we have the goalie who was a Pez dispenser a couple years ago because he got stabbed in the throat?
CP: Well, that was just a freak incident. Those are going to happen.
DP: Yeah, and he nearly died.
CP: That would have happened with or without that neck guard.
DP: He was bleeding all over the ice.
CP: Yeah, but those freak incidents are going to happen.
 
2014-02-07 10:52:23 PM  

TeamEd: Oh man, speaking of freak injuries, I was looking for a story about Chris Pronger's on-ice heart attack back in the 90s and I came across this gem of an interview:

Dan Patrick: Give me an NHL rule that you want to get rid of.
Chris Pronger: No touch-up icing.
DP: And why does it bother you?
CP: Well, how many times a game do you see the other team beat you down there for the icing? Maybe once? ... It would negate a lot of injuries, I think.
DP: What else you got. That's not a very sexy one to get rid of.
CP: OK. You know what they need to get rid of is that neck protector that goalies wear. That little plastic shield.
DP: That protects their throat?
CP: Yes.
DP: What's wrong with that?
CP: It gets in the way an awful lot.
DP: It gets in the way of what? You putting a puck right through their gullet?
CP: Well, when they break and they fall all over the place, they make that funny noise out on the ice.
DP: Yeah, but didn't we have the goalie who was a Pez dispenser a couple years ago because he got stabbed in the throat?
CP: Well, that was just a freak incident. Those are going to happen.
DP: Yeah, and he nearly died.
CP: That would have happened with or without that neck guard.
DP: He was bleeding all over the ice.
CP: Yeah, but those freak incidents are going to happen.


DAMMIT IT, PRONGER!
 
2014-02-07 10:58:56 PM  
Heck, a little goalie decapitation from time to time is a GOOD thing, keeps em' honest.
 
2014-02-07 11:02:58 PM  
Flappyhead:

DAMMIT IT, PRONGER!

Bloody hell, I was coming in to drop that as a non-sequitor, I didn't think it would actually have been relevant.
 
2014-02-07 11:48:01 PM  
Now playing defense for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Joe "Mama" Besser!
1000words1000days.com
 
2014-02-08 12:06:40 AM  
As a Flyers fan, I can't stand Letang.  That being said, I hope that he gets better and takes the necessary amount of time so that he is healthy again
 
2014-02-08 12:10:26 AM  

iron_city_ap: A real hockey player would have been back on the ice after 6 minutes.


Baseball: out six weeks, strained wrist
Hockey: out six weeks, nearly died
 
2014-02-08 12:24:39 AM  
Get well soon Kris!
Sincerely, a suffering Sabres fan.
 
2014-02-08 12:59:20 AM  
Damn, hope he's out only 6 weeks. Get fixed up before stepping out on the ice again, The Tang.
 
2014-02-08 10:02:11 AM  
The east suddenly gets easier for Tampa or Boston....

It's going to be a slaughter in the finals.
 
2014-02-08 10:10:11 AM  
I saw that yesterday and nearly spit out my coffee. So scary.
 
2014-02-08 10:11:16 AM  
I had a similar issue in college. When the tests conclude they will have a cause and then they will know if any sort of procedure has to be done or not. Toughest part for me was getting the strength and conditioning back up because its unbelievable how fast you lose it.  That part can take weeks itself and that is after they clear you.
 
2014-02-08 10:44:23 AM  

RsquaredW: iron_city_ap: A real hockey player would have been back on the ice after 6 minutes.

Baseball: out six weeks, strained wrist
Hockey: out six weeks, nearly died


Rugby: dead six weeks, back playing again
 
2014-02-08 11:04:23 AM  

germ78: Now playing defense for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Joe "Mama" Besser!
[1000words1000days.com image 300x168]


Seriously.  Maatta, Martin and Niskanen are the only three D-men that have played 75% of the season and Maatta was only pulled up from the minors this year.
 
2014-02-08 01:01:21 PM  

soopey: The east suddenly gets easier for Tampa or Boston....

It's going to be a slaughter in the finals.


I don't know about that, they play fine without Letang, it seems. Hell, the last time he came back from an injury, they started slipping from how damn good they'd been doing when their defense was almost entirely call-ups. They've got enough depth to handle losing Letang, especially with the mistakes he's prone to making (he certainly had a hand in Boston tearing them apart in the playoffs last year), their biggest problem is the consistency of the entire team. Case in point, one game they're putting three in on Quick in one period while beating the Kings 4-1, two days later they lose to Phoenix.
 
2014-02-08 05:35:31 PM  

Vantango84: soopey: The east suddenly gets easier for Tampa or Boston....

It's going to be a slaughter in the finals.

I don't know about that, they play fine without Letang, it seems. Hell, the last time he came back from an injury, they started slipping from how damn good they'd been doing when their defense was almost entirely call-ups. They've got enough depth to handle losing Letang, especially with the mistakes he's prone to making (he certainly had a hand in Boston tearing them apart in the playoffs last year), their biggest problem is the consistency of the entire team. Case in point, one game they're putting three in on Quick in one period while beating the Kings 4-1, two days later they lose to Phoenix.


I would attribute that to the general lack of experience among those call ups. Once things go south, they sometimes have a hard time getting their act back together.

Also Zatkoff stinks.
 
2014-02-08 06:31:47 PM  

Vantango84: I don't know about that, they play fine without Letang, it seems. Hell, the last time he came back from an injury, they started slipping from how damn good they'd been doing when their defense was almost entirely call-ups. They've got enough depth to handle losing Letang, especially with the mistakes he's prone to making (he certainly had a hand in Boston tearing them apart in the playoffs last year), their biggest problem is the consistency of the entire team. Case in point, one game they're putting three in on Quick in one period while beating the Kings 4-1, two days later they lose to Phoenix.


Be fair to the Coyotes, though. They get up for big games. They shutout Chicago last night and that was the 1st time Chicago's been blanked in nearly 2 years.
 
2014-02-08 06:33:34 PM  
The next game he plays, the stadium better play this when he is introduced:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-h4A7bF8wQ&feature=kp
 
2014-02-08 07:30:29 PM  

flak attack: Vantango84: soopey: The east suddenly gets easier for Tampa or Boston....

It's going to be a slaughter in the finals.

I don't know about that, they play fine without Letang, it seems. Hell, the last time he came back from an injury, they started slipping from how damn good they'd been doing when their defense was almost entirely call-ups. They've got enough depth to handle losing Letang, especially with the mistakes he's prone to making (he certainly had a hand in Boston tearing them apart in the playoffs last year), their biggest problem is the consistency of the entire team. Case in point, one game they're putting three in on Quick in one period while beating the Kings 4-1, two days later they lose to Phoenix.

I would attribute that to the general lack of experience among those call ups. Once things go south, they sometimes have a hard time getting their act back together.

Also Zatkoff stinks.


Yea but they generally seemed to play the same or occasionally better with the call ups, is what I'm saying. I mean I know some amount of it is rust coming off of an injury, but the call ups on defense worked out fine. Hell, Maatta is fantastic.
 
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