Patrick Kaleta attempted to decapitate Brad Richards over the weekend with a shove from behind into the boards. Amazingly Richards didn’t die. He did lie on the ice for several minutes not moving his arms and wearing an agonized facial expression. While Kaleta apologists continue to insist this was a FIFA-style dive, anyone who’s ever had a stinger is offering up a hearty bird-flip at that suggestion.
Posted by Jo Innes under Big Hits, Buffalo Sabres, General Ouchiness, Injuries, New York Rangers, NHL Injuries, The Quiet Room on Mar 06, 2013
Posted by Jo Innes under Ew Gross, General Ouchiness, Montreal Canadiens, NHL Injuries, Really?, Smile, The Quiet Room, Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb 19, 2013
The human mouth is a filthy, filthy place. So is a hockey player once they’re more than a few minutes into a game, and the combination of the two is a not-uncommon occurrence in the NHL. Mikhail Grabovski’s (alleged) biting of Max Pacioretty’s arm, Alex Burrows’ (obvious) biting of Patrice Bergeron’s finger, Marc Savard’s (repeated) biting of everyone’s everything, and countless other incidents of mouth versus body part have grossed us all out year after year.
Posted by Jo Innes under Badasses, Cringe-Worthy, Injuries, NHL Injuries, The Quiet Room on Feb 06, 2013
Your face is made up of fourteen bones, just about all of which will break when met with a swift hockey puck (or fist, or stick, or ice). Not all facial fractures need surgery, but when they do they can lead to impressive postoperative CT scans, learning to be okay with a visor, and a new style of play.
Posted by Jo Innes under Injuries, NHL Injuries, The Quiet Room on Feb 01, 2013
The start of the season has brought with it some weird, disappointing, and incredibly stupid injuries. Here are the highlights (lowlights?) and a friendly reminder that John Scott is still enormous.
Posted by Jo Innes under NHL Injuries, The Quiet Room on Jan 19, 2013
Can anyone explain what’s up with the rash of groin injuries in the Western conference? And why Colorado is the only Northwest team with any players left? Me neither. Here’s an injury rundown anyway.
Posted by Jo Innes under Cats, NHL Injuries, The Quiet Room on Jan 18, 2013
Four months late (but better than not at all), here’s what’s up on the injury front heading into the 2013 NHL season. SPOILER: Rick DiPietro is not on this list. No, I can’t believe it either. SHAMEFUL ADMISSION: I love Rick DiPietro.
Posted by Jo Innes under Badasses, NHL Injuries, The Quiet Room, Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec 05, 2012
While Joffrey Lupul may not be a top level player according to KHL standards, he’s a top badass according to Quiet Room standards. He didn’t meet their criteria for national or Olympic experience, isn’t a Stanley Cup winner, hasn’t won anything at the NHL awards banquet (seriously, THAT qualifies you to play in the KHL?), and couldn’t even make it based on number of games played having missed most of 2009-10 and a healthy chunk of 2010-11 with a back injury.
The back injury is exactly the reason Joffrey Lupul is Tougher Than You ™. What began as back spasms toward the end of 2009-10 Ducks’ training camp evolved into pain and numbness in his right leg, loss of power, and eventually injections in attempts to calm the symptoms. Lupul missed several games at the end of November, and after consulting specialists and having an MRI it became clear that the problem – a herniated disc in his back – wasn’t going to solve itself. Read the rest of this entry »