When a season is in danger of going down the drain, a team has only a few choices: Fire the coach, as has been speculated with regard to the status of Bruins coach Mike Sullivan, or it can — in effect — fire players.
Last night, the Bruins took the latter route, shipping captain Joe Thornton to the San Jose Sharks for 27-year-old left wing Marco Sturm, 29-year-old center Wayne Primeau, and the crown jewel of the deal — 26-year-old defenseman Brad Stuart.
It marks the end of a chapter of Bruins hockey during which Boston believed that landing Thornton, the No. 1 overall pick in the 1997 draft, and left wing Sergei Samsonov (taken No. 8 overall that year) would mark the beginning of a long, successful run for the Original Six franchise.
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer suffered a “brief, abnormal cardiac rhythm” Monday night, the team said Wednesday, and will undergo more testing at the University of Michigan Medical Center.
Fischer, 25, was released from Detroit Medical Center on Wednesday after testing and observation. He has been on the injured list since he collapsed Nov. 22 on the bench during a game against the Nashville Predators. His heart apparently stopped, and team and emergency medical technicians performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation and used an automated defibrillation machine to revive him. He was taken to a Detroit hospital, where he remained for parts of three days.
Jeremy Roenick is nothing if not candid. Even when it comes to criticizing himself.
Before the Los Angeles Kings left for an important four-game road trip yesterday, Roenick publicly said what others have been whispering for weeks: that he’s playing some of the worst hockey of his NHL career.
“I haven’t felt comfortable on the ice since Day 1,” Roenick said. “Is my game where it was 3 years ago, or 2 years ago? No. Will it be? You know, I really don’t know.”