Cross Checks: Erik Gudbranson
November, 29, 2012
By Sarah Goldstein | ESPN.com
- Wild goaltender Josh Harding, 28, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis but made it clear this will not end his career. (Star Tribune)
- Trevor Linden, who served as NHLPA player president during the previous lockout, did not have any comment about the status of the current lockout: “I hate what is happening to the game, just like every fan does. But I’m just a fan now; I can’t offer any insights. ... But nothing I can say is going to help the sides reach an agreement. It isn’t my fight any more.” (Vancouver Sun)
- The Jets and the NHL denied a report out of Boston that said Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs reprimanded a Winnipeg representative at a recent Board of Governors meeting. (Winnipeg Free Press)
- Daniel Alfredsson said he hasn’t looked into playing in Europe yet, but will start looking into it in a couple of weeks. He added that insurance “is not an issue at all,” and the decision would be about making memories with his family. (Ottawa Sun)
- P.K. Subban said he is better off being around his family and working on non-hockey life than playing in Europe and not having a Canadiens contract made it easier for him to stay home. (Montreal Gazette)
- Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson was suspended by the Panthers after suffering a dislocated shoulder while wakeboarding with friends. (Sun Sentinel)
- It is estimated that the Operation Hat Trick charity game organized by Scott Hartnell and Brad Richards raised more than $500,000. Richards also said "there's hope" that there will be another game. (NJ.com)
- Red Wings goalies Jimmy Howard and Jonas Gustavsson find it difficult to stay sharp while just practicing with a small group of players in Michigan. (mlive.com)
- Mathieu Darche is working to prepare for whenever the NHL season begins, but he realizes that his career might be over. (Montreal Gazette)
September, 10, 2012
By Sarah Goldstein | ESPN.com
- Rangers coach John Tortorella said defenseman Michael Sauer has not responded well to treatment for his concussion and he doesn't expect him to be ready for the start the season, according the USA Today.
- Niklas Kronwall said the rest of the Red Wings need to step up their games to fill the void left by Nicklas Lidstrom's retirement and Brad Stuart's departure, according to the Detroit Free Press.
- Blue Jackets draft pick Ryan Murray will play for the WHL's Everett Silvertips if there is a lockout, but his agent is concerned that doing so would stop Murray from being able to play in the NHL this season if there is a lengthy lockout, according to TSN.
- Lightning defenseman Mathieu Garon said the groin injury he suffered last season has completely healed, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
- Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson suffered a "bad" shoulder injury during an informal workout at the Panthers' training complex, a source told the Sun Sentinel.
- The NHLPA sent a cease and desist letter to Habs ownership stating that Quebec's labor laws prevent them from being able to lockout the Canadiens' players, according to The Canadian Press.
- Wild centre Zenon Konopka sat in on Friday's CBA talks and told the Ottawa Sun," A lot was said and a lot needs to be processed and I think it probably takes a day or two to think about it and come up with some new ideas."
- Hurricanes defenseman Jay Harrison said the number of players expected to be in New York this week -- estimates are between 150 and 200 -- shows just how interested the players are in negotiations, according to The News & Observer. “It’s certainly not a publicity stunt. You’ve got 200 guys going because we’re interested and want to know as much as we can, Harrison said, according to the report.
- After being part of the last lockout, Mike Ribeiro told The Washington Post the owners want the players to fix their mistakes again. "Last time, fans were on the players: ‘Oh, you guys are making so much money.’ Well, they gave it to me. They did the same mistakes [with large contracts] again and they want us to fix it again for them. It’s hard to understand,” Ribeiro said, according to the report.