St. Louis Blue defenceman Al MacInnis has an eye problem that could take him out of the lineup for an indefinite period of time, TSN has learned.
Sources told TSN MacInnis has a partially detached retina and the doctors, MacInnis and the Blues are now consulting on what are the various options for treatment and repair.
Some form of surgery is a distinct possibility and the best-case scenario for MacInnis could be a month or two out of the lineup. The worst case scenario is that MacInnis could miss much longer, though it's premature to suggest the injury could be season- or career-ending.
Once everyone involved has decided on a course of action, the consequences will be much clearer.
The detached retina is in the same eye that MacInnis injured in January 2001 when he was struck in the eye by the stick of San Jose's Scott Hannan. It may or may not be related to that injury.
MacInnis showed up to practice today in St. Louis and told the team he felt the need to see a doctor. There was nothing obvious in the Blues' first three games of the NHL seasons that may have caused the eye condition.
Sources said the Blues will not make any comment until all information is available.
So far this season, MacInnis has appreared in all three games for the Blues, notching two assists.
Heading into the final year of a three year contract with the Blues, there is much speculation that this will be the 40-year-old's final season in the NHL.
Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Wild holdout Marian Gaborik returned to the Twin Cities from his native Slovakia to personally take part in his contract negotiations.
Radio Express, a private Slovakian station, said Gaborik left the country Wednesday. Twin Cities newspapers said he arrived in town Wednesday night.
"If a deal can get done, I'm staying here. But I don't really know yet," Gaborik told the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Thursday.
Gaborik's agent, David Schatia, didn't immediately return a phone call from The Associated Press on Thursday. But he told the Pioneer Press and Star Tribune of Minneapolis they were trying to work things out with the Wild.
"We're hoping to bring this to a healthy conclusion for all parties involved," Schatia told the Star Tribune.
Neither Schatia nor Gaborik would say whether they had met with Wild management before Schatia returned home to Montreal on Thursday.
Wild assistant general manager Tom Lynn, through a team spokesman, declined to comment.
The Wild's star right wing told the Slovakian station he decided to leave because of the negotiations, which have been stagnant for months.
"I don't know whether the contract will be done in a week or in a month, but at least I will be present there," he said.
____________________________________________ UUUUUUIIIIIIII -------------------------------------------- Forum am 07.08.2002 Bei den Frankfurt Lions soll es in der nächsten Saison der Deutschen Eishockeyliga (DEL) wieder aufwärts gehen. \"Wir wollen endlich wieder mal einen Playoff-Platz erobern und unter die besten acht Teams kommen\", sagte Clubeigner Gerd Schröder.
Sharks fans who caught a glimpse of Milan Michalek in the preseason, or on opening night when he scored his first NHL goal in his first NHL game, know the Sharks have a talented player. Unfortunately, Michalek suffered a torn ACL against Calgary in only his second NHL contest and will be out of action for about four months.
"Doctor Ting did the MRI and we waited a couple of days for the swelling to go down," said Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson.
Another doctor did a follow-up and came to the same conclusion and now surgery will be performed by Ting on Monday.
"You can rehab it and put a brace on, or fix it with surgery," said Wilson. "Some players in the past have worn a brace, but that is not the approach to get this guy to 100 percent."
Michalek's estimated return to NHL games is four months, allowing him to help San Jose during the stretch drive for the postseason.
"Right now our goal is to get Milan healthy," said Wilson. "It is not a season ending injury."
Wilson is glad Michalek experienced the success he did in camp by making the team and then scoring in his first contest.
"He scored his first goal and he has proven himself to his teammates," said Wilson.
While Michalek is done for a while, defenseman Brad Stuart is close to returning to action.
"The good new is that we should have Stuey back soon," said Wilson. "He's the type of guy you have to put the reins on. If you asked him to play tomorrow he would. We won't put him in before he is ready, but we expect him back during the homestand."
ENGLISH While Michalek's hockey skills and physical build are NHL ready, he still has some work to do on his English. Michalek will likely take advantage of his down time to become more familiar with the language.
In Antwort auf: While Michalek is done for a while, defenseman Brad Stuart is close to returning to action.
fantasy technisch sag ich dann mal alper...du sack ____________________________________________ UUUUUUIIIIIIII -------------------------------------------- Forum am 07.08.2002 Bei den Frankfurt Lions soll es in der nächsten Saison der Deutschen Eishockeyliga (DEL) wieder aufwärts gehen. \"Wir wollen endlich wieder mal einen Playoff-Platz erobern und unter die besten acht Teams kommen\", sagte Clubeigner Gerd Schröder.
sieht aber net so aus,als das ich ihn noch haben will he he he obwohl..wat soll ich nur mit rathje...aber ab damit in den fantasy threat..sorry... ____________________________________________ UUUUUUIIIIIIII -------------------------------------------- Forum am 07.08.2002 Bei den Frankfurt Lions soll es in der nächsten Saison der Deutschen Eishockeyliga (DEL) wieder aufwärts gehen. \"Wir wollen endlich wieder mal einen Playoff-Platz erobern und unter die besten acht Teams kommen\", sagte Clubeigner Gerd Schröder.
With goaltender Curtis Joseph quickly becoming game-ready, it appears almost certain that he will make his return with the Red Wings' top minor league affiliate in Grand Rapids.
According to Booth Newspapers, since Joseph went unclaimed in the Oct. 3 waiver draft the Red Wings can assign him to Grand Rapids for as long as they wish. The Griffins have three games upcoming this weekend.
Joseph is accompanying the team on its short two-game road trip that concludes tonight in Montreal.
21.10. Detroit's Torhüter Curtis Joseph wurde ins Farm Team geschickt. Damit ist Joseph der teuerste Farm Team Spieler aller Zeiten. Er verdient auch bei den Grand Rapids Griffins 8 Mio $. + + + Rangers' Center Eric Lindros fällt mit einer Schulterverletzung vorübergehend aus. + + + Islanders' Dave Scatchard fällt mit einer Schulterverletzung 4 - 6 Wochen aus. + + +
20.10. Columbus' Trevor Letowski fällt für mindestens 4 Wochen mit einem gebrochenen Finger aus. Außerdem fällt Espen Knutsen mit einer Nackenverletzung aus. + + +
19.10. Die Favoriten stolpern. Colorado verlor mit 3:6 in Edmonton, Detroit verlor 3:4 in Pittsburgh, New Jersey verlor 2:3 gegen Tampa Bay. + + + Entgegen den gestrigen Meldungen sieht es nun so aus als würde Blues' Verteidiger Al MacInnis vielleicht die gesamte Saison aussetzen müssen, nachdem er am Auge operiert wurde. Er muss aber mindestens 1 Monat aussetzen. Die Ärzte konnten dazu keine genauen Angaben machen. + + + Das gestrige Spiel in Montreal wurde mit einer Zeremonie zu Ehren Jean Beliveau 's eröffnet. Beliveau feiert sein 50-jähriges Jubiläum mit den Montreal Canadiens. Seit 1953 ist der ehemalige Kapitän der Habs für den Club tätig. Beliveau eröffnete das Spiel mit dem Eröffnungsbully. Seine Frau, seine Tochter und seine Enkel waren ebenfalls auf dem Eis, als die Fans 2 Minuten lang mit stehenden Ovationen ihren Resepekt bekundeten. + + +
18.10. Detroit's Verteidiger Derian Hatcher fällt mit einem Kreuzbandriss für mindestens 4 Monate aus. + + + Blues' Verteidiger Al MacInnis wurde am Auge operiert und fällt kurzfristig aus. Er wird vorraussichtlich nur das heutige Spiel aussetzen. MacInnis wurde im Januar 2001 durch einen Stock am Auge verletzt. In letzter Zeit hatten sich nun öfter Probleme auf dem Auge bemerkbar gemacht. + + + Die Anaheim Mighty Ducks, immerhin amtierender Western Conference Meister, haben bisher alle 4 Spiele verloren. Pessimisten sehen bereits Parallelen zu den Carolina Hurricanes der letzten Saison, die ebenfalls als Finalteilnehmer anschließend eine mieserable Saison spielten. + + + Carolina's Goalie Arturs Irbe wurde ins Farm Team der ECHL geschickt. Damit dürfte nun endgültig klar sein, dass seine Karriere am Ende ist. Irbe liegt ein Angebot der Hurricanes vor, ihn aus seinem Vertrag auszukaufen. Bisher lehnte der Lette dies ab. + + + http://www.nhl-tribute.de/index2.html
NEW YORK (AP) -- Eric Lindros will be out two to four weeks after injuring his left shoulder during the New York Rangers' victory over the Florida Panthers. Lindros has a sprain in the area where the shoulder and collarbone meet the chest, the Rangers said Tuesday. An X-ray Monday night was negative. Lindros left Madison Square Garden on Monday night without speaking to reporters and was unavailable for comment Tuesday. New York coach and general manager Glen Sather wasn't precisely sure when Lindros was hurt, except he knew the center played after the injury. He may have been hurt midway through the second period after becoming entangled with a Florida player in the right corner. "Losing Eric was disappointing, but he'll be back," Rangers captain Mark Messier said after New York's 3-1 victory. As of Tuesday, the Rangers hadn't recalled anyone from Hartford of the AHL. New York does not play again until Saturday -- the team's second four-day break in a season only five games old. Lindros scored his second goal of the young season 1:41 into the game. In the first period he was knocked down hard twice in succession in front of the Panthers' bench. In the second period, Lindros also went down in front of the net. He was seen grimacing in pain as he sat on the bench. Lindros played 6 minutes, 14 seconds in the first period and 4:23 in the second. He was on a line with Jamie Lundmark as his right wing instead of Anson Carter. The switch was made after New York started the season 0-2-2 and struggled for offense.
Flames G Turek to miss a month with sprained MCL
CALGARY, Alberta (Ticker) - Calgary Flames goaltender Roman Turek has a sprained MCL in his right knee and is expected to be sidelined for about a month. Turek injured the knee while attempting to stop a shot by Ales Kotalik 1:33 into the first period of Saturday's 2-0 loss at Buffalo. He played the rest of the way with stiffness in the knee. An MRI revealed that Turek has a sprained ligament. Turek, 33, is 0-2 with a 3.38 goals-against average this season - his third with the Flames since being acquired from the St. Louis Blues. He was forced to leave a game on October 11 against San Jose when Alyn McCauley crashed the crease and accidentally kneed Turek in the head. Jamie McLennan, who is 2-0 with a shutout this season, replaces Turek as the starter. The Flames recalled goaltender Dan Sabourin from Lowell of the American Hockey League to back up McLennan. A native of the Czech Republic, Turek is 57-57-20 and a 2.55 goals-against average and nine shutouts over the previous two seasons with Calgary.
Alles Chef, alles Def, alles Routine...
John LeClair breaks down the left wing all alone, moves into the circle and cranks a wicked slap shot with zero hesitation. The baffled goaltender is left with no answers, just questions as the First Union Center's horn blazes and the crowd booms.
Avalanche acquire LW Konowalchuk from Capitals ------------------------------------------------ DENVER (Ticker) - Considering the talent the Colorado Avalanche have, two wins in five games was enough to push the panic button!
The Avalanche on Wednesday acquired left wing Steve Konowalchuk and a 2004 third-round draft pick from the Washington Capitals for left wing Bates Battaglia and right wing Jonas Johansson.
After signing free agent All-Stars Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne for bargain-basement prices in the offseason, Colorado began the campaign with an impressive 5-0 victory over Chicago.
But the Avalanche dropped three of their next four games, including a 4-1 setback to Boston on Tuesday, and held a closed-door meeting afterward to address their situation.
General manager Pierre Lacroix wasted little time in making a move, bringing in the veteran Konowalchuk to add grit and leadership.
"Steve Konowalchuk is a reliable, experienced forward capable of playing at both ends of the ice," Avalanche vice president of player personnel Michel Goulet said. "He can play in a variety of roles, and we are pleased to add a quality player like Steve to our roster."
The arrival of Konowalchuk comes at a perfect time for the Avalanche, who announced Wednesday that Kariya will miss an indefinite amount of time with a sprained wrist.
"After further examination earlier this afternoon, it was determined that Paul Kariya had sprained his right wrist midway through the game last night," Colorado trainer Pat Karns said.
"Paul will be out indefinitely, but fortunately, nothing is broken."
A seven-time All-Star, Kariya, 29, joined Colorado after nine seasons with Anaheim, including its incredible journey to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2002-03. He has three goals and two assists in five games with the Avalanche.
Konowalchuk has one assist in six contests this season. He was named captain of the Capitals prior to the 2002-03 season and has 146 goals and 196 assists in 693 games.
The 31-year-old Utah native enjoyed his best season in 2000-01, when he set career highs with 24 goals and 47 points.
The Avalanche part ways with Battaglia, who was acquired from Carolina at the trade deadline last March.
After being drafted by Anaheim in 1994, Battaglia, 27, spent parts of six seasons with the Hurricanes, including their unexpected run to the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals. In 419 NHL games, he has 64 goals and 93 assists with 295 penalty minutes.
Washington also acquired the 19-year-old Johansson, who was selected 28th overall in the 2002 draft. Despite missing a good portion of last season with a broken ankle, the Swede recorded 10 goals and 35 points in 26 games with Kamloops of the Western Hockey League.
To make up for Kariya's absence, the Avalanche recalled left wing Brad Larsen from Hershey of the American Hockey League.
After being acquired from Ottawa in 1996, Larsen re-entered the draft and was selected by the Avalanche the following year. In 66 games with Colorado over parts of four seasons, he has two goals and 10 assists.
DENVER (AP) -- Colorado left wing Paul Kariya will be out indefinitely with a sprained right wrist, so the Avalanche acquired left wing Steve Konowalchuk in a trade with the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.
Kariya was injured midway through Colorado's 4-1 lost to Boston on Tuesday night. He did not have any broken bones.
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Brawls. Blood. Mayhem. Philly style. You want it - we got it!
"We drink all their beer, win the game, beat them up and no one go to jail. Good times, eh?"
DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche acquired left wing Steve Konowalchuk from the Washington Capitals on Wednesday after learning Paul Kariya will be out indefinitely with a sprained right wrist.
Kariya was injured midway through Colorado's 4-1 loss to Boston on Tuesday night. Test results Wednesday didn't show any broken bones.
To fill the hole left by the high-scoring left wing, Colorado sent forward Bates Battaglia and the rights to forward prospect Jonas Johansson to Washington for Konowalchuk and a third-round pick in next year's draft.
Colorado also recalled left wing Brad Larsen from Hershey of the AHL.
``Steve Konowalchuk is a reliable, experienced forward capable of playing at both ends of the ice,'' Michel Goulet, the Avalanche's vice president of player personnel, said in a statement. ``He can play in a variety of roles, and we are pleased to add a quality player like Steve to our roster.''
Konowalchuk has shown a good scoring touch for someone who has mostly played on checking lines in 11 seasons with Washington. He has 146 goals and 196 assists in 693 career games, and his best season was 2000-01, when he had 24 goals, 47 points and played in every game.
Konowalchuk has one assist and was minus-5 this season for the Capitals (1-4-1).
Battaglia came to Colorado in a trade deadline deal last season that sent forward Radim Vrbata to Carolina.
Battaglia had 21 goals and 25 assists in helping the Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup finals in 2001-02, but struggled last season. He had five goals and 14 assists in 70 games with Carolina, and one goal and five assists in 13 games with the Avalanche.
Battaglia had one assist in four games this season, giving him 64 goals and 93 assists in 419 NHL games.
Kariya signed with Colorado this offseason in a package deal with Teemu Selanne that instantly made the Avalanche a favorite to win the Stanley Cup.
The friends and former linemates for five seasons in Anaheim decided they wanted to play together again and took pay cuts to sign with Colorado on the same day.
Kariya, who agreed to a one-year, $1.2 million contract, had a goal and two assists in his Colorado debut and has added two more goals since.
The Avalanche have gotten off to a disappointing 2-3 start. The players called a team meeting Tuesday night following Tuesday's loss.
____________________________________________ UUUUUUIIIIIIII -------------------------------------------- Forum am 07.08.2002 Bei den Frankfurt Lions soll es in der nächsten Saison der Deutschen Eishockeyliga (DEL) wieder aufwärts gehen. \\\\\\\"Wir wollen endlich wieder mal einen Playoff-Platz erobern und unter die besten acht Teams kommen\\\\\\\", sagte Clubeigner Gerd Schröder.
Glück im Unglück für Avalanche Star Paul Kariya: Bei der 1:4-Niederlage seines Teams am Dienstag in Boston verstauchte sich der Starstürmer das rechte Handgelenk und fällt nun auf unbestimmte Zeit aus. "Glücklicherweise kein Bruch", so Kariya nach einer ersten Untersuchung. Der erst in der Sommerpause von den Anaheim Mighty Ducks geholte Kariya erzielte in den ersten fünf Saisonspielen drei Tore und zwei Assists. Er kam für 1,2 Millionen Dollar Jahresgehalt, weit unter seinem Marktwert, nach Colorado, in der Hoffnung auf einen Stanley-Cup Sieg.
Zudem ist Avalanche-Manager Pierre Lacroix noch einmal auf dem Transfermarkt fündig geworden und hat Steve Konowalchuk von den Washington Capitals losgeeist. Der 31-jährige Stürmer verbrachte seine gesamte bisherige elfjährige Karriere bei den Capitals. Im Gegenzug wechselten Außenstürmer Bates Battaglia und das schwedische Talent Jonas Johansson nach Washington. "Konowalchuk ist ein erfahrener Stürmer, der fähig ist, an beiden Enden des Eises gute Arbeit zu verrichten", so Lacroix.