It’s an Epidemic!

Groin injuries a pain in NHL

Peter Forsberg and Simon Gagne have more in common than just an ability to create offense.
The two star players, along with a number of other Flyers, are battling groin injuries.
And the situation is not just unique to the Flyers. Saturday night’s opponent, the Nashville Predators, also had three players out with groin problems.
A quick look around the National Hockey League shows a similar dilemma.
What gives?
Well, many believe it has to do with the reconstructed hockey game being played out there. With the obstruction crackdown has come a lot of skating – repeat, a LOT of skating.

Add Pitkanen to the injured list

“He [Pitkanen] has a hip flexor, groin issue right now. We’re just checking him out just making sure we know what it is. He’s been able to play with it for a week now and it’s been ok, but this gives us a chance to look at it. We’re not really sure if this is going to be day-to-day or he can just continue to play, but we need to get defined information on it, so we’ll know tomorrow morning.”

Marleau, Vokoun earn weekly NHL honours

Joe Thornton may have been the talk of the league, but his new teammate Patrick Marleau earned the NHL offensive player of the week award.
The Sharks captain led all scorers with six points (one goal, five assists) in three games for the period ending Dec. 4.
Nashville goaltender Tomas Vokoun was named the league’s defensive player of the week. Vokoun led the Predators to three consecutive wins, including a shutout victory, recording a 1.30 goals-against average and .952 save percentage in the process.


Hatcher has shot at making Olympic team

The presumption was that Hatcher wouldn’t have much of a chance to make the U.S. Olympic team heading to Torino. In 2002, the late American coaching legend Herb Brooks decided that Hatcher’s slowness afoot didn’t work for him on the larger international surface. He didn’t name Hatcher to the team for Salt Lake City, even though Hatcher was an NHL standout.
Clearly Hatcher hasn’t evolved into a speed skater in the intervening years. But the undercurrent in the U.S. program is that Hatcher is very much in contention for one of the spots on the American defense that will make the trip to Italy.

Bloc platform calls for Team Quebec

Imagine NHL stars like Martin Brodeur, Mario Lemieux and Vincent Lecavalier playing for the national team – from the province of Quebec.
That’s what would happen if the Bloc Quebecois gets its way.
The 202-page Bloc election platform was released on Wednesday, with one of its campaign promises calling for Quebec national teams to play in international tournaments for hockey and soccer.

Thornton felt let down by Bruins management

Joe Thornton says a lack of commitment from management is the reason why he is no longer a Boston Bruin.
The former Bruins captain turned down a long-term deal and instead signed a three-year contract in the off-season because he didn’t feel a sense of commitment from the Bruins.
“Obviously I wanted to play with Glen Murray, Andrew Raycroft … those were the reasons why I signed back [with the club]. I never really felt the full commitment players should feel from the management side,” Thornton told Hockey Night in Canada.

Chara has no regrets about suspension

Ottawa defenceman Zdeno Chara might have one less game to play and be a little lighter in the wallet, but he has no regrets about his fight late in Friday night’s game versus the Los Angeles Kings that resulted in his one-game suspension and a $10,000 fine to Senators coach Bryan Murray.
”It was kind of out of control and I decided to do what was right for my team,” Chara said Sunday before Ottawa left to begin a four-game road trip, beginning Monday in Florida.

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