On Wednesday, I wondered with all the head shots Henrik Lundqvist has been taking lately along with his complains of headaches whether he was playing with a concussion.
Now comes this report from Pat Leonard at the Daily News that the Rangers will be monitoring Lundqvist to see if the effects of those blows will continue...
"...the Rangers will keep a watchful eye on their star goaltender following a week in which he took several shots to the head and complained of pain in both his neck and head...Lundqvist never said the word 'concussion,' but left unsaid was the concern that symptoms from those hits to the head could linger."
Here was Lundqvist on his condition before last night's game in Ottawa...
"I feel good. I just had a couple days there where I felt a little off. Sometimes that helps your game, too. When you're a little off, you just have to focus harder on getting the job done … You're not going to feel great all the time, but you just have to - sometimes when you're off or maybe a little sick or whatever it is, you're just focusing to play your game and to try to help the team."
...obviously I'm not a doctor, but if the Rangers are concerned to the point that they are monitoring him for possible lingering concussion symptoms, shouldn't they shut him down and watch him off the ice? How could they risk him taking another shot off the dome that could end his career? I'm sure the Rangers medical staff held their collective breath a few times watching Lundqvist get run over last night.
...would have been real easy to give Biron the start last night, let Lundqvist rest his ailments and have him ready to go tomorrow night in Montreal. To me, the Rangers doctors are to the point of rivaling the Mets' for worst in all of sports.
Back to basics, learn to shoot on net and not 5 feet wide or high. I don't blame Hank he gets no support. For all the money they have invested in 'offensive' players they suck. I have watched every game this season and I'm at the point where if they don't score first I am on to watching something else.
Take a look at that artice NHL published http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=662735&navid=DL|NHL|home
Just to make matters a little bit worse... If Pitt stays undefeated until they play us, they can tie the record for consecutive wins against us and then set it... Ughh it could be a long week
@TheNYRBlog Maybe Richter should stop in and give the medical staff a little warning about head injuries.
The lines at practice today were putrid... I think Torts did a horrible job with the 2nd 3rd and 4th lines in this circumstance... Here they are:
I like that Newbury is in the lineup, but I really can't tell which line is the second line, which is the 3rd and which is the 4th. I think playing Gaborik on the 4th line is a waste of everyone's time if thats what it tuns out to be...
Well....After I commented on the last story about Lunqvist and the head issues I was not too popular here so without ranting let me just point out again that we pay decent money for a capable back up goalie. I've personally had an undiagnosed concussion from the sport of kick boxing - and I got hit again and had PCS for several months so I know a slight concussion is not always diagnosable. Personally I don't think he has one but if there is even the slightest chance then our most esteemed coach, who btw does have the final say so on who will play and who does not needs to rest him for a game or 2 until any trace of head aches or dizziness goes away, and if it does not then he needs to see the specialist. Any chance, ever so slight of ruining a career, or a life should not be taken to win a hockey game. Period. End of story.
@TheBroadwayHat is it me or did the season go off kilter from the moment Rupp lost that fight in Boston? This team, literally, has no fight.
@TheBroadwayHat not only do they give him no offense, but when was the last time someone protected Hank? Took someone out for touching him?
What to worry about? Goalies never have their careers ended by pucks hitting them in the helmet! Especially not Rangers' goalies.
Is it sad that I almost wish the east was better so the Rangers wouldn't have a chance to get in and could shut Lundqvist down to make sure he's alright? (I would shut him down anyway but I know they never will if we're still in it.) I've said it before but I have absolutely no trust in the Rangers medical staff after seeing how they handled the Staal situation. This isn't helping to change my mind.
He's been without a doubt their best player.....Start Biron in Montreal tomorrow night and don't take any chances
Let biron play , don't cause further damage. This season is over with not beating pens in first round if we even make it.. start thinking of buy outs to richards and gabrix ... FIRE TORTS his system sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!
He seems to be playing pretty amazingly even if he did have a concussion, which I don't think he does... to bad we can't score
@TheNYRBlog rangers defense - pussies
Just start Biron for the next few games so the Rangers can wake up and stop relying on Henrik to save their asses.
@TheNYRBlog and mood swings ...don't forget those
@TheNYRBlog if hank has a concussion his play should show just how great of a goaltender he really is.
@JoeNYR LOL, Melrose didn't even have Hank in his list at all. What a clown!
@slapshot13j How about:
My lines would have been:
*and if torts wanted to scratch gaborik, i would move boyle up and insert Pyatt/Powe
@AG_Blue Here's a pic of one of them: http://www.newsday.com/sports/hockey/rangers/rangers-remain-winless-in-canada-after-loss-to-senators-1.4932984
@AG_Blue No - pretty every Ranger weakness was exposed last night. Now excuse me while I go back to the bathroom to puke
@AG_Blue Once was Stralman tripping the guy, ala Kreider into Anderson, and the other was Newbury being off-balance and Neil shoving him a little. Neither was malicious so no reason for anyone to stand-up.
@AG_Blue Not run, but run into at least twice I can remember and then his diving pokecheck.
@Melissa (blknblueshirts) How about the medical staff giving pain killers to a known drug addict?
@Chris_Mandala That's actually a great point.
@greggray24 haha, my same thoughts exactly
@slapshot13j Too funny, was working it at the same time and ended up with just the 4th line different.
@KevinDeLury @Melissa (blknblueshirts) That is a very tragic story and I don't think the league really looked at that properly and created better guidelines, yet my pharmacy wants to know my history if I am prescribed Vicodin. I know professional sports is a big money business centered around winning but when the human becomes becomes less important and his very life is secondary there is something terribly wrong here.
@KevinDeLury I try to block that whole mess out of my mind but very good point. Honestly, I'm surprised at how incompetent they've looked the past few years. I know there is no way this will ever happen but how does the NHL not step in when it's this obvious? Yeah I know...that would mean they actually do care about player safety rather than just saying they do.