Yesterday, the phrase "two stars collide" took on a whole new meaning.
During the 3rd period of the Rangers-Flyers game, Brendan Shanahan of the Rangers and Mike Knuble of the Flyers were heading the same direction and, not seeing that each other were there, collided shoulder to shoulder. Shanahan fell backwards and landed on his head hard. He was hospitalized and given X-rays and a CT Scan. He was unconscious on the ice for several minutes, but was reportedly awake once at the hospital. He appeared to be OK, as he could move all his extremities and was alert. He was kept over night, but everyone on the Rangers believes that Shanahan will be OK. This was a major scare as Shanahan is older than most players that endure his style of play, and if he was seriously injured, it could have led to his retirement.
EastSide Hockey Manager.
Pittsburgh- I appear to have made a mostly wise choice by picking up Chris Kunitz and J-P Dumont, as the team started out 2-3-2, and Dumont and Kunitz were key to a Dominic Moore spark of 4 goals so far. The team could make the playoffs this year.
Rimouski- Started the season 1-8-0, but could have started a hot streak with a 5-2 win at my last game. Kris Letang is doing well, and Patrice Cormier proved to be a scorer once he was moved to the 1st line.
Prince Albert- Mostly level play as I started the season 5-6-1. Martin Hanzal was loaned back, and scored a goal in his Prince Albert debut.
Oshawa- I am expected to be the best team in the OHL, and I currently sit in 3rd with a start of 5-1-2. Tavares is doing excellent, and Christian Cundari could be the missing peice.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton- For being expected as the best AHL team this year, I am way below expectations. I started out 0-3-1. No one is helping as much as they should be able to.
Phoenix- I took over this team because they drafted Hanzal, and then realized that Hanzal was on St. Louis. Still, this team is good and I started out 3-3-1. Found out that I could call-up players from the CHL (Central Hockey League). Isn't that interesting.
St. Louis- Realizing that Hanzal was here, I took over them too and loaned Hanzal back to PAR. I hated to do it, but Hanzal was toiling in the minors doing an excellent job, I had no room on my roster for him after picking up Trevor Linden off waivers, and PA needed a forward. I figured he could go have one more brilliant year in the juniors and then make him an Alex Radulov with more playing time.
That's all today. Shanahan's story was first on www.thehockeynews.com, but I did not copy it, merely I paraphrased it.