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Maple Leafs Coach unhappy Lupul wasn't wearing protective gear at practice

Oct 24th, 2013

Lupul took a hard shot off his foot and left practice early Thursday for x-rays. The same thing happened to Nikolai Kulemin, who only just started skating after having lost a piece of bone due to a hard shot in practice on Oct. 4.

“The new equipment that’s available to players, to shot blockers, is available to all our players,” said Carlyle, who gritted his teeth as he continued. “It’s hard to defend the position of them not putting them on for practice.

“There is a little bit of extra frustration, whatever word you want to use, to get an injury through practice where the protective equipment that’s made available to the player they don’t want to wear.”

Carlyle says the team encourages all players to wear the protective gear on skates... Read More


Penalty-kill ace Johnson close

May 1st, 2010

Intrepid shot-blocker skates with team for first time since injury

The one glaring weakness the Vancouver Canucks survived in their six-game Round 1 win over Los Angeles was an abysmal penalty-killing record.

They gave up 10 goals on just 26 opportunities to the Kings — an appalling 61.5-per-cent kill rate — and last among first-round teams by miles.

The Canucks got better as the series went on and began to figure out the Kings’ power play, but it was their distinct edge in even-strength play that won the day.

Against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Canucks will be facing a team comparable to themselves at even strength: While Vancouver was second in the NHL in five-on-five goals for/against ratio (1.24), the Hawks weren’t far behind, at fourth (1.20).

Put simply, the Canucks’ penalty killing has to get better in the Round 2 series against Chicago.

No joke, Flyers’ Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne will both undergo surgery

April 26th, 2010

By Rich Chere, The Star-Ledger

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren broke the news in a conference call with reporters that forwards Simon Gagne and Jeff Carter will be lost for the remainder of the playoff series with the Devils and beyond, as both will undergo surgery for injuries.

The Devils had earlier in the day expressed doubt about the status of both players, but the transcript of Holmgren’s conference call makes it pretty clear Gagne and Carter are finished for the immediate future…Read More

Canucks staff to assess Hodgson’s foot injury

April 9th, 2010


Vancouver Canucks prospect Cody Hodgson is expected to be in Vancouver on Friday, following his junior club’s elimination from the Ontario Hockey League playoffs on Wednesday night.

But Hodgson, the Canucks’ first-round pick (10th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, won’t be here to join the Canucks for the playoffs — at least not yet.

Hodgson was playing in the playoffs for the Brampton Battalion with a fractured bone in his foot and he is travelling to Vancouver so the Canucks’ medical staff can assess how well the injury has healed…

Ehrhoff and Johnson out with injuries

April 7th, 2010


…Johnson, the fourth-line centre who’s already missed 16 games this season with puck-blocking-related injuries to his feet, was nailed by a Marek Zidlicky shot.

For good or ill, Johnson recently stopped wearing special skate protectors he had been trying.

“Ryan was playing his best hockey of the season and doing a real good job on faceoffs for us, and obviously blocking shots,” said Vigneault…READ MORE from THE PROVINCE

Jeff Carter breaks foot…out 3-4 weeks

March 30th, 2010

Philadelphia Flyers leading goal scorer Jeff Carter will miss three to four weeks with a broken bone in his left foot.Carter suffered the injury off a shot from Atlanta’s Clarke MacArthur in the first period of Sunday night’s 3-1 Thrashers’ win.

When he misses Tuesday night’s game in Ottawa, Carter will end a streak of 286 consecutive games played. That’s the third-longest in team history…Read more from Yahoo! Sports.