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Ilya Bryzgalov, Jose Theodore no answer for Pittsburgh Penguins

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Goaltender Tomas Vokoun of the Pittsburgh Penguins

Tomas Vokoun’s blood clot and indefinite absence will greatly complicate life for the Penguins. (Keith Srakocic/AP)

By Allan Muir

If the Pittsburgh Penguins had any concerns about the ability of Marc-André Fleury to bounce back this season from his disastrous playoff performance, they surely were comforted by the presence of Tomas Vokoun. The classy veteran stepped up when Fleury stumbled last spring, giving the team the calming presence it needed then. He promised to be there if the Pens needed it again this season.

Well, so much for that safety net.

Vokoun is sidelined in the wake of a procedure to dissolve a blood clot in his pelvis. Losing a player whose stabilizing presence was being counted on is bad enough, but the situation is complicated by the absence of a timetable for his recovery. He’ll be out for as long as he needs to take blood thinners. Whether that’s days, weeks or months is anyone’s guess.

That puts the pressure squarely on Fleury to step up from the start of the season. Maybe that’s the best situation for the struggling netminder. Throw him in the deep end without floaties and let him figure out how to keep his head above water.

But what if he can’t do it? How do the Pens bail him out without creating a bigger problem down the line?

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  • Published On Sep 23, 2013
  • Top Line: Claude Giroux’s freak injury; Alfredsson tale gets messy; more links

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    Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers

    Unlucky linkster Claude Giroux should be back in action in about five to six weeks. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Philly captain Claude Giroux required emergency surgery yesterday after slicing several tendons in what’s being called a freak golfing accident. Giroux says his club shattered during a swing, sending fragments into his finger. Sure, the story sounds reasonable, but you’d think with all the time he’s had to practice his golf the past couple summers . . .

    • You don’t have to remind Erik Johnson or that golf is the world’s most dangerous game.

    • It was really kind of sad to watch Daniel Alfredsson and the Ottawa Senators trade shots yesterday. First, Alfie said the team reneged on an agreement to take care of him for his cheapie $1 million season in 2012-13, leading GM Bryan Murray to say that version of events was untrue. Ultimately, as Don Brennan points out, all sides deserve their share of criticism for the ugly way things ended.

    • And just to be clear, the NHL won’t pursue an investigation into cap circumvention after Alfredsson admitted that’s exactly what he and the Sens had in mind with his last contract.

    • Adam Proteau writes that Alfredsson did the Sens a favor by bolting for Detroit. He’s calling for a standing O when Alfie returns to the Canadian Tire Center (still not used to typing that) on Dec. 1. With three months for the wounds to heal, he might get it.

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  • Published On Aug 16, 2013
  • More bad news for Panthers: Trade bait Kris Versteeg out for season

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    By Allan Muir

    In theory, things could get worse for Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon. Jonathan Huberdeau could decide that the shootout’s not really his thing anymore. Alexei Kovalev could have signed a five-year deal. Those freaking quarter-sized mosquitoes could set up shop around the ticket windows at the BB&T Center.

    The way things are going for Tallon this season, it’s just a matter of time before the next little black cloud appears over the head of hockey’s answer to Bad Luck Schleprock.

    Tallon took another kick in the pants today when he learned that speedy forward Kris Versteeg would need season-ending knee surgery following an awkward collision with Tampa Bay defender Radko Gudas on March 12. Versteeg, who had just returned after missing 13 games with a chest injury, was expected to be shipped off at the trade deadline in exchange for some much-needed futures.

    Unlike unrestricted free agents Stephen Weiss and Jose Theodore, Versteeg is under contract for three more seasons, so he won’t walk for nothing this summer. But this was considered the window that would allow the Panthers to maximize the return on the veteran winger, and with Florida’s other key chips off the table, Versteeg was Tallon’s last chance to make a splash before the deadline.

    It’s another tough break for a team that’s had more than its share this season.

  • Published On Mar 14, 2013