Point/Counterpoint: Gleason or L. Schenn?

Making a case for the Flyers to make a move on defenseman, Tim Gleason, now…by pavialax When Paul Holmgren was busy with his version of an extreme makeover of the Philadelphia Flyers, it seems he thought of everything. He found the right mix of finesse, grit, youth, speed, size and veteran presence to create the type of team chemistry that he wanted. With a healthy Chris Pronger, the flyers are a formidable opponent for any team and a top contender come playoff time. The flyers found out last season, Chris Pronger’s skates are hard to fill. It was a stretch …

RICE & MICE: Black and blue nails

Have you ever slammed your finger in a car door? Ever hit your finger while hammering? Ever dropped something on your toe? You know the excruciating pain that that causes; the feeling that your entire heart is crammed into the tip of your finger (or toe) and it might just burst from the pressure, but it doesn’t, so there is no relief. In Wayne Simmonds case, a puck shot by Claude Giroux made a beeline for the tip of his finger. Yeah, he knows the feeling.  The medical term for these black and blue nails is subungual hematoma. This is …

RICE & MICE: Adductor strains

Jaromir Jagr is out for 7-10 days with what Paul Holmgren says is a left groin strain. My guess is that he felt a bit of a pull when splitting the defense in the 1st period of the Winter Classic on Monday.  He left the 3rd period early, maybe to see if taping it would give him some support, took a couple of shifts after that and decided to shut it down and remain on the bench for the remainder of the game. Jagr missed a few games in November with a right groin strain. I know I can only …

RICE & MICE: Concussions are the flavor of the month…

Well, according to Matt Carle on HBO’s 24/7 Road to the NHL Winter Classic last night, concussions are the flavor of the month. I think it’s safe to say that Claude Giroux has had enough of the current flavor. Giroux returned to game action last night, posting yet another impressive 4 point game. I know many people were concerned with his relatively quick return to the ice. Concerned that he would aggravate his concussion and miss even more time; concerned that he would somehow end up like Marc Savard, Sidney Crosby, or even Chris Pronger. What makes Claude different is …

RICE & MICE: Loose bodies in the knee

Chris Pronger had some “loose bodies” removed from his right knee on July 27, 2010, and he missed the first two games of the season and didn’t return to the lineup until October 11. Pronger had surgery on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 to clear out more “loose bodies” from his left knee and is projected to be out of the lineup for 4 weeks. The left knee was supposedly in better shape than the right knee; however it remains to be seen if the recovery time for the left knee will be less than half of what was needed for …