Besides concussion symptoms, Chris Pronger is dealing with bad vision caused by a stick to the eye. (Lou Capozzola/SI)
By Allan Muir
A notated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• Love him or hate him, it’s really tough to read just how bad things are for Chris Pronger as he tries to get his life back in order after suffering a concussion back in 2011.
• Despite another horrific injury, the NHLPA continues to fight the call for mandatory visor use. Gotta love a union that’s always looking out for the best interests of its members.
• Marc Staal is expected to make a full recovery after being struck near the eye by a slapshot Tuesday night, but he remains out of the Rangers’ lineup indefinitely.
• The Rangers picked up Roman Hamrlik on waivers to help fill the hole left by Staal. Interestingly, the move makes it unlikely New York will re-sign Mats Zuccarello when his Russian season ends.
• The Avs were just the fourth team to take a lead into the third period on the Hawks, but a shorty from Captain Serious (note: stop typing Captain Sensible) and a last-minute tally from Daniel Carcillo extended Chicago’s point streak to 24 games. Some thoughts from coach Joel Quenneville on the cliffhanger, the streak, Car Bomb’s comeback and more.
• The win moves the Hawks closer to another NHL record: 35 consecutive games with at least a point. It sounds like the members of the 1979-80 Flyers are okay with that…under one condition.
• Maintaining their composure will be critical for the Penguins in their highly anticipated match tonight against the Flyers.
• Carey Price was smashing sticks in frustration during practice ahead of tonight’s game against the Canes. No guarantee he gets the start, but if he does, he needs a bounceback effort in the worst way.
• Name a potentially available player ahead of the deadline and chances are the Bruins have been mentioned in a rumor involving his acquisition. But for all the talk of big names, a smaller deal to improve their third-line depth makes the most sense. Ryane Clowe makes a lot of sense.
• The next two or three weeks will determine whether the Red Wings will be buyers or sellers at the deadline. Pro hint: they’ll be buyers.