After Rangers practice yesterday, Mats Zuccarello discussed his fractured left hand which was due to a blocked shot against Austria...
"I knew it was trouble. I went to get an x-ray right away, but they didn't have an x-ray at the rink. So I shook it off and played the rest of the game. Then the day after it was bad."
...inexcusable!!!! How is there not an x-ray machine at the game?!?!?!?! He could have easily caused further damage to his hand forcing him to miss the entire season. You'd think after the Cherepanov incident forced KHL teams to install defibrillators in every arena, Russian authorities would take extra precautions, especially with the Olympics, to also have x-ray machines available.
...i've been a major proponent of NHL players participating in the Olympics, but if the medical care isn't up to standard then I might have to re-think my stance.
Here's the rest of Zuccarello's interview...
Meanwhile, Derek Dorsett (broken leg) has practiced with a non-contact jersey the last two days as he hopes to return to the lineup when the Rangers open their post Olympic schedule against the Blackhawks on the 27th.
Here's Dorsett discussing his comeback...
...very interested to see what AV does with the lineup. He can either just plug Dorsett in for Zuccarello (fractured hand) or recall Miller to fill-in for Zucc and then replace Carcillo with Dorsett or just leave Carcillo and keep Dorsett in the press box.
...my preference would be to recall Miller, who had chemistry with Pouliot in December, to replace Zucc and leave Carcillo in the lineup as the fourth line has been a strong point for the Rangers. Sorry Derek, but sometimes you lose your job when you get injured.
On a very unrelated topic, how awesome is this Twitter logo Kevin Klein had designed for himself...
...ok, I guess we have our nickname for Klein on the blog.
Repost from yesterday's thread (@gravey94 )
Betweentheworlds 22 hours ago
The most exciting and fun to watch Olympics hockey was Lake Placid, not only because of the miracle win, it was just simply the best and most exciting hockey period. Most anyone who saw that will agree. These kids were hungrier, they had more to win or lose than national pride alone . A professional career was on the line. That's what made the Olympics great, not just the hockey part. All competitions. Pro careers, prestige, big money along with national pride were all on the line. Allowing professional athletes to compete changed all that and disrespected the meaning of the games as well as those who had the vision in the first place. . Pro competition, world cups etc. are great, don't get me wrong but it's a whole different culture and experience and these young and up and coming athletes who are usurped by the pros are the ones who get shafted. Damn shame if you ask me. Ok, rant over. Just my opinion,
Today's performance by the US men's team us EXACTLY why The NHL should stay away from the Olympics. If a team if NHLers aren't playing for gold then they don't give 2 shits about the game. If that was a team of college kids or junior players, playing for a medal for the pride of their country, you can be damn sure they would have played the entire game the way Cally did. Just a disgrace. Patrick Kane may have 2 Cups and be one if the top players in the NHL, but he was a spoiled little punk today and disgraced his team with his mindless and unsportsmanlike play. Enough already, bring back the amateurs and bring back the players who care about this tournament!
Do not dare take Carcillo out for Dorsett, he gives them backbone they havent had for years, not to mention his timely scoring, see outdoor game
I know we are all upset about how the US came out the last two games but I have to say this tournament has been some of the best hockey I have seen in a long time. I think injuries are in the nature of the game and if the NHL was still in progress you would have had injuries there as well. The rangers so far have not suffered any overly dramatic blows like losing Cally or McD for an extended period. I am excited for rangers hockey to start again and getting through the home stretch but I would continue to endorse the NHL sending it's players to the Olympics. As always though it's a matter of making sure the NHL collaborates with the IOC, IIHF and host country to make sure the NHL players are as safe as possible playing these games
@TheNYRBlog one word: Cherapanov
After watching what I just watched, I am not for NHL players in the Olympics. No heart and passion from this Team USA. Let the amateurs have their moment.
@TheNYRBlog sounded like Zuc wasn't able to get x-ray til next DAY!
"Fans will not be happy initially" has me thinking it may be a rival team..... Vanek pops into my mind but if he's going "as a rental" it would be a playoff bound team...
Loui Eriksson(Not playing well in Boston and Cally fits the Bruins style so an easy transition), Bobby Ryan, JVR, Kadri, Pacioretty...
I definitely feel its Boston though. They know their window of opportunity is shutting rapidly with Chara at age 36 and Ericksson has not played well for them so they may be looking to move him. They are both the same age so its a possibility.
Any other guesses?
Well said. Missed your post because I haven't been following the blog as closely as I was away skiing. Completely agree.
I disagree. I think that European hockey and North American hockey are very different and I think that the US flaws in their skill and strategy of how they see the game were exposed.
@JustinRP37 Agreed. This was the most heartless bunch of so called US athletes I have ever seen. IMO. They had disgraced the whole nation with their heartless performance. I'm totally discussted with every one of them. I too think that we should just send the armatures to compete and leave the fat Kats home counting their money.
@johnpgatta Ridiculous that because there was no x-ray he decided to continue playing risking further injury.
Ooops... Forgot about Erat too.....
I agree with you. And I think having non-professionals in the games would make for more exciting hockey...but aren't the Olympics about putting the best athletes from around the world on the same stage.
The Americans abandoned the strategy that got them to the medal round. They were tentative against Canada and a bunch of pouty babies against Finland. They absolutely could have been playing for the gold if they stuck to their identity.
@TheNYRBlog @johnpgatta I agree, if he thought it was bad as he said, why then did he continue playing with a sore hand? Someone should tell him that he's first responsibility is to the team that pays he's salary. Use some common sense here Zucc!