December 20, 2011

Blackhawks Defender Goes Down - That had to hurt

Well yesterday was quite a bad day for Chicago sports fans on the injury front. First Bears Wide Receiver Johnnie Knox literally gets folded up like an accordion and laid motionless on the Soldier Field turf for 10 minutes. He would be carted off and had to have emergency surgery to stabilized a vertebra, the good news is, he never lost feeling in his extremities and apparently will be able to play football again next year.

Fast forward to about Six O' Clock and BlackHawks D-man Brent Seabrook gets absolutely flattened against the corner boards by Calgary's Rene Bourque. The hit caused Seab's head to go directly into the glass and then he crumpled to the ice and appeared to be briefly knocked out. Seabrook was attempting to play a puck which was rimmed around the end boards. However the puck and Seabrook got tangled up with Referee Stephane Auger.  The 30 year old Bourque was subsequently suspended two games by NHL Discipline Czar Brendan Shanahan.

I am probably the only person in Chicago right now that has no problem with the length of this suspension.  Contrary to the opinion of the NHL, it does in-fact appear to me that Referee Stephane Auger, did in some capacity either slow or change the direction of Seabrook.  It really seems that Bourque foolishly assumed Seabrook's position would be closer to the boards.. It was an incredibly stupid and dangerous hit, however I think it lacked malice.

Per the Blackhawks, PR staff, Brent Seabrook did accompany the team to Pittsburgh for tomorrow's tilt with the Penguins. It appears he is going to play since the Hawks are right back at the United Center the following night. If he wasn't then why make the trip?  Due to the history of Brent Seabrook's injuries, most significantly the blatant head hunting done by James Wisniewski during the 2010 season, one now has to worry, it has been said once a player gets a concussion they are easier to get in the future. For the record this has not been stated he got a concussion following last night's game. But he definitely hit his head pretty darn hard. I certainly hope that is not the case for a guy like Seabrook that in a lot of ways still the most physical player on the Blackhawks. I would hate to think he would have to change his style or be more cautious. It appears that the Blackhawks and Brent Seabrook avoided what could have been a really bad situation.

Nuggets and Tidbits

ñ  Coach Joel Quennville became only the 10th coach to record 600 wins in the NHL as he did last night with the 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames. Only 844 more wins to reach one of your bosses, Scotty Bowman who hold the record with 1244. Don't worry all you need to do is coach till your 80 and you'll get there!

ñ  Marian Hossa isn’t human right now. BEASTMODE

ñ  Ray Emery improved to 9-1-2 and looks a hell more confident than Corey Crowford...So once again a goaltending controversy in Chicago. Man this is almost as common as Bears Quarterback controversies. However at least the Red Wings never had someone like Brett Favre, then that dude left and then here comes Aaron Rogers.....Lets just say the vibe in the Chi today is Thank God for the Hawks and Bulls.

ñ  Three of the top ten scorers right now are wearing the Indian Head..A trend which will fall off at some point but I still believe Patrick Kane will end up with the most on the team and his very first 100 point season. I smell an Art Ross

Joe DeTolve
Chicago, Illinois

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