RICE & MICE: Eyes wide shut? Should we continue to ignore the need for visors in the NHL?

In light of Chris Pronger’s eye injury on Monday night, I decided to postpone what I was going to share with you today in favor of a look at eye injuries.  While the injury report on Pronger is vague as always and I can’t speak with authority on his particular injury, I can say that there are far too many preventable eye injuries every year for the league and NHL Players’ Association to continue to ignore. Visors would help prevent many of these injuries and it’s time to address the need for eye protection in the NHL. For a league …

RICE & MICE: Gamekeeper’s Thumb

Gamekeeper’s thumb, sometimes called skier’s thumb, is a sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) of the thumb. The bones that make up the palm of the hand are called metacarpals and the bones that comprise the fingers are called phalanges. The thumb has two phalanges, while the rest of the fingers have three phalanges. The joint that connects fingers to the palm are called the metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joints. The MCP of the thumb is flanked on either side by a collateral ligament, much like the knee. The UCL of the thumb is found on the inside portion of the …

RICE & MICE: On femur fractures and icing…

Certain injuries have the ability to spark a fierce debate in regards to rule changes, and it’s usually the severe or gruesome injuries that result in near immediate change. Even though some players had called seamless glass unsafe for years, the head and neck injuries suffered by Max Pacioretty last season was partially responsible for the prompt switch from seamless to non-seamless glass and to look at the padding around the glass in time for the 2011-12 NHL season. The recent focus on concussions and head injuries have resulted in another alteration of the rule book in regards to boarding …

RICE & MICE: To play or not to play?

Throughout the NHL season, there is always pressure for players to play with injury. Sure players can be called “tough” for battling through injury, but is it worth it?  I’m not going to harp on players that play through injury and say how bad it is, but there are certain innate risks with pushing through injury. Injuries come with the territory of being an athlete.  No matter how fit, no matter how skilled or mentally tough an athlete is, injuries will happen. The ultimate dilemma is never whether or not an injury will occur; the dilemma usually occurs on the …

Bring Back Gagne? A look at the pros and cons.

We have 25 days until free agency and I’m sure each and every one of those days will be rumor laden until July 1 arrives. Paul Holmgren was fairly active last season, adding Andrej Meszaros, Sean O’Donnell, Jody Shelley and Nikolay Zherdev, while retaining Darroll Powe and Daniel Carcillo. However all of that activity caused casualties of the cap. Arron Asham signed with Pittsburgh as a free agent and Simon Gagne, the longest- tenured Flyer at the time, waived his no-trade clause in a much maligned deal with Tampa Bay, while we took on Matt Walker — or more precisely, his two hip surgeries.  …