Around the NHL- Weeks 1 and 2

Published on October 16th, 2011

F-R-A-G-I-L-E…It Must Be Italian!

Benjamin Franklin once said that there are two things in life that are certain, death and taxes. Hockey fans know that there’s a third thing to add to that list- Rick DiPietro getting hurt at some point during the NHL season.

DiPietro miraculously managed to stay healthy in the offseason for what seemed like the first time in his career but all it took nothing more than a light fall breeze an errant puck to undo that. DiPietro took a puck off the facemask in practice on Wednesday and left early. He failed the baseline neurological test the next day and is out indefinitely.

Is it just me or did it seem like DiPietro didn’t start stockpiling injuries until after he signed the 15 year extension with the Islanders? Never doubt that the hockey gods have a cruel sense of humor.

(Also, keep in mind that this is not the first concussion of DiPietro’s career.)

Jason Blake to Miss Three Months

Tough break for the Ducks- during Friday’s game against the division rival Sharks, Brent Burns cut forward Jason Blake by accidentally stepping on his arm. Blake was taken to the hospital, where his cut was sutured and it was revealed that he has a lacerated tendon. It will require surgery, scheduled for Monday, and Blake is scheduled to miss three months of game action.

Burns handled the whole scenario with class, seeing Blake off in the ambulance and tweeted the following in response to the news:

Fortunately, Anaheim’s general manager/VP Bob Murray said that Blake is expected to make a full recovery. Left wing Patrick Maroon has been recalled to fill in until Blake is able to return.

Drew Doughty Hurt

Not only did Drew Doughty miss a majority of Kings training camp, but he’s going to miss the next seven to 10 days of practice and game action, including L.A.’s home opener on Tuesday.

Doughty sustained an upper-body injury on 24 seconds into last night’s game against the Flyers after colliding with Zac Rinaldo (who fought Dustin Penner after hitting Doughty). The blueliner did return for one more shift but did not return to the game after that.

Extensions and Trades

-In case you hadn’t heard yet, David Steckel was traded from the Devils to the Maple Leafs for fourth round pick in the 2012 draft. There’s also an unconfirmed rumor floating around that Arron Asham and Steve MacIntyre will be Sidney Crosby’s linemates the first time he plays against Toronto this year.

-The Red Wings signed forward Fabian Brunnstrom to a two-way, one year deal worth $600k in the NHL and $105k in the AHL.

-Former WBS enforcer BizNasty a.k.a. Paul Bissonnette signed on for two more years in Phoenix. His new deal is worth $725k in the first year and $750k for the second (average cap hit of $737,500). Hey, the Coyotes need all the publicity they can get, right?

-Phoenix also retained the services of Martin Hanzal for the next five years. Hanzal’s new contract is worth $18.5 million, with an average cap hit of $3.1 million.

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