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Claude Giroux Out Indefinitely with Concussion

Add another name to the list: the NHL’s leading scorer Claude Giroux is out indefinitely with a concussion. Giroux suffered a head injury against the Tampa Bay Lightning last week and Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren says his star’s condition has gotten worse. Giroux took an inadvertent knee to the head by teammate Wayne Simmonds in the […]

Crosby Out with Concussion-Like Symptoms

Sidney Crosby has suffered a setback in his concussion recovery and is on the sidelines with concussion-like symptoms. As tired as some may be of hearing about it, the trouble for the Pittsburgh Penguins captain continues. As has been explained in this space a number of times over the last while, concussions are tricky injuries […]

Content is King: BCE and Rogers Combine to Land Majority Share in MLSE

BCE Inc. and Rogers Communications have long been rivals in Canada’s telecommunications landscape, but they’ve joined forces to purchase 75 percent of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. The acquisition of the majority share in the company cost Bell and Rogers $1.32 billion. The deal gives Bell 37.5 percent and Rogers 37.5 percent. Kilmer Sports Inc., […]

Chris Pronger Out Indefinitely with Concussion

With the team trying to make progress, news of Chris Pronger’s concussion couldn’t have come at a worse time. “While Chris’ knee is improving, he has struggled with other issues that are concussion-like symptoms,” Philadelpia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said in a statement. “Chris will see Dr. Joe Maroon and Dr. Mickey Collins on […]

Anisimov’s “Gun” Taunt Incites Tampa Bay; Downie Leaves Bench

It was a bit of a brouhaha at Madison Square Garden as Rangers forward Artem Anisimov scored a wide-open goal and launched into a celebration that was, in a word, ridiculous. As you can see from the video clip, Anisimov took to a knee and fired his hockey stick like it was a rifle. The […]

Andy Sutton Suspended Indefinitely, Hearing to Come

Edmonton Oilers defenceman Andy Sutton has been suspended indefinitely after his hit on Carolina Hurricanes forward Alexei Ponikarovsky. The hit, which you can see here, will doubtlessly be tossed around by video judges and experts everywhere. According to the league’s charges at this point, Sutton “intentionally left his feet and planted his forearms” into the head […]

Crosby Benched for Next Two Games as “Precaution”

When Sidney Crosby first sat out for concussion symptoms nearly a year ago, the Pittsburgh Penguins considered it to initially be a minor problem. The superstar and league poster boy wound up missing nearly 11 months of action, however. So when news emerged of the Penguins’ benching of Crosby for the next two games as […]

NHL Going with Four Conferences Next Season

The National Hockey League has decided on a four conference format that will make its debut next season. This is subject to Gary Bettman’s timeframe implementation, of course, and the NHLPA will be consulted before the changes are put into place officially, so it’s not quite a done deal just yet. The decision was made […]

Is Brian Burke a Bully?

In an article titled “Burke’s becoming an embarrassment,” Toronto Sun sports writer Steve Simmons pulls no punches. “Brian Burke is out of control. He doesn’t just want to run the Toronto Maple Leafs. He wants to run the newspapers. He wants to tell editors what columnists and radio voices can and cannot write or say. He […]

Board of Governors Looking at Realignment Issue Monday

At the NHL board of governor’s scheduled meeting on Monday, the issue of realignment will be front and centre. The plan for now is to have a formal vote on a new plan. Any possible changes will of course require the approval of two-thirds or 20 out of the 30 teams in the National Hockey […]

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