Steve Zipay at Newsday reports that there's no update on Taylor Pyatt after he was forced to leave last night's game after taking a shoulder to the jaw from Fedor Tyutin.
Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record notes that a morning press release from the NHL mentioned a hearing for Panthers' Jesse Winchester but not Tyutin, meaning the hit will likely not be reviewed.
Tyutin received a two-minute elbowing penalty for the hit.
According to Pro Hockey Talk, Pyatt has a history of head injuries. He’s had two issues that were openly labeled as concussions (one in 2008, the other in 2003) and also suffered from vaguely labeled upper-body issues.
Thought reader gravey94 put it perfectly when he said this about the gutless headshots that have become an epidemic in the NHL...
"I'm not a big fan of Pyatt (like most here), but for him to get injured like that on a day when Tony Dorsett came out and said he was diagnosed with CTE needs to be a big wake-up call for the NHL. Sure, Tyutin's not a dirty player and the hit was likely accidentally to the head, but Pyatt was gone for the game and likely longer, while Tyutin got a 2 minute minor. ANY hit to the head needs to be a minimum of a 5 minute major and a game misconduct and an automatic review by the league. Accidental hits should get no suspension (i.e. player that was hit lowered their head or skated into it, etc.). Careless hits should be at least a 5 game suspension, and blatant hits should be a minimum of 15-20 games Each time it happens, the punishment doubles for the offender from the previous time. I guarantee you'll see players change their behavior if they start getting those types of punishments. It's just ridiculous at this point. Players are going down daily with head shot injuries and there is no need for it to continue happening."
...i know most of you are probably foaming at the mouth thinking about the Rangers recalling Kristo if Pyatt is out for an extended period of time, but I think the team either stands pat or recalls Powe. The Blueshirts offense is finally clicking on all cylinders, so the need for additional scoring isn't as great as it was last week. Plus Kristo wouldn't fill the void left on the penalty kill with the absence of Pyatt as well as Moore, who is out another week with oblique. Powe seems like the obvious choice. Plus we all know that AV feels more comfortable going with the veteran player. Obviously, my preference would be to leave the roster as is and just re-insert Mashinter into the line-up.
...and if you're worried about Powe's cap hit, Rangers can open up space by putting Nash on LTIR.
Here's the thing. The Canadian mafia that runs the NHL doesn't want the "physicality" taken out of the game. Their argument would be that if you throw people out of the game for accidental headshots, no one will hit anyone anymore.
My feeling about it is similar to Gravy94 - I wouldn't mind seeing some of the physicality taken out of the game - It's NOT SAFE. The rules need to be changed. Never gonna happen tho.
A good percentage of these concussions are the result of the enormous shoulder pads the players are wearing. Can anyone explain why the league allows this? Is there really a need?
Yup, agree Gravey, Kevin. I've had quite a few concussions myself and PCS twice, from childhood sports and kick boxing. This CTE is scary stuff that really hits home. Why there has been no action to date is appalling and illogical especially given the greed driven mentality of pro sports you'd think the loss of Eric Lindros, and Cindy out twice for long stretches - his career will end if he gets another serious head injury. these are stars that bring in big revenue. It's terrible to even speak on these financial terms but the health and well being of the athletes seems to be secondary to the almighty dollar in their minds so maybe when their wallets shrink they'll finally take some real action?. that is tragic.
Zucc, Hags, Cally, Boyle, our excellent PK guys. Kristo needs to be on a line with Brassard, his skill and ability to score goals could give the Rangers 3 solid scoring lines. Give the Kid a chance, he's better than Miller when the stats are counted up.
Don't think they are recalling anyone, but Powe would be the first option. Kristo is not coming up unless there is a top 6 role available... which lets hope there isn't
Listen, I'd love for Mashinter to just be re-inserted, but not sure how confident AV is with him as he's rarely played five minutes a game.
Disagree completely... Hockey is a dangerous game... Always has been and always should be. Hitting is one of the best parts of hockey. To take it away or lessen it would be awful, just look at how they are ruining football. Injuries are going to happen, and that is why these guys make millions of dollars to step on the ice. Just my opinion
@MikeBlue Absolutely agree.They should have shoulder pads made of a different material.The ones they have are like armor.They have technological stuff-they should design new types.
If play time is any indication, AVs confidence is deindling on Miller and he already has very little in Mash. Whats made this team solid is the ability to run all four lines out there. Having two guys getting 4-8 minutes...what is Torts coaching the team again?
@KreiderisTheChosenOne That's one approach, and everyone's entitled to their opinion, but I can't understand how it helps the game to have third and fourth line thugs taking out star players for months if not years at a time and only getting a 2-3 game supspension. I think the league is nuts. IMO, some, not all, of the physicality should go, but I admit its a very hard line to walk evidenced by the fact that Shanahan doesn't seem to be pleasing anyone.
BTW, I hate the instigator rule, since it means that their goon fights our goon, instead of letting our goon go after the guy who's really causing the problem. If you're going to allow fighting, then you need to allow the "police" to start fights with the Matt Cookes of the world. The fact that that dude never has to drop the gloves may be the biggest problem of all.