The Only Confirmation We Needed

So it’s official: Brian Campbell has a broken collarbone.  The recovery time for an injury like this varies depending on how well the person heals.  According to WebMD, it can be from 6 weeks to 12 weeks.  If we aim for the middle of that, it’s 8 weeks.  In other words, he could be back for the second round of the playoffs. 

Not good; but please, let’s keep the doom and gloom to a minimum. It’s no way to start your work-week.

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29 Responses to The Only Confirmation We Needed

  1. Dave Morris says:

    How about Brian Campbell? Not a great way to end his season.

    And who knows what effect this injury has on him, long term? Given the NHL’s reluctance to fully disclose injuries, it’s fair to think the complete diagnosis may be worse than descriibed.

    Let’s hope it isn’t.

  2. Leonidas says:

    After a day of in-digesting the weekend games I’m reminded of the responses I contributed at about this time last year, when I joined a chorus of many issuing omens that the Hawks would finish in the 5th to even the 8th seed in the West. Unfortunately, browsing the archives failed to reveal any links which would make my point relevant. But I’m sure this season has another ‘surge in momentum’ left in it. Let’s hope its a positive one.

    As one of the most stalwart Soup critics from last year, I must admit the void his absence will create has potentially put the finishing touches on my helping of humble pie. Whoever the team decides to bring up, Hendry just descended from the playoff pressbox like Ned Nederlander fell after hanging from the pinatas in the Three Amigos. I imagine Soup could make some kind of a comeback, but I can’t imagine he won’t be a little tentative going into traffic areas. And, the team has to win the first round for our estimates to work, so we shouldn’t build it into our expectations.

    Even though I’m still mildly optimistic and have become more stable as I age, enough stomach acid has backed up into my esophagus that I’m going to take the next two weeks off from live participation, relying on FF game recaps to keep me through. I plan on sacrificing a couple of lambs to the gods in the next couple weeks, so maybe that will help. Otherwise we can sacrifice Sopel.

  3. Lee says:

    TSN is reporting that the Hawks have called up Nick Boynton to replace Campbell!

  4. John says:

    Lee, not even Nick Boynton is as excited as you are.

  5. Lee says:

    John, you got that right!

  6. John says:

    According to Bob McKenzie, Boynton is on re-entry waivers. Assuming no one makes a claim on him, then he’s your new 7th d-man.

    Since the question was asked on the last thread, it makes no difference why a person is being called up. If they have to clear re-entry waivers, they have to clear it, makes no difference if it’s for an injury.

  7. Dave Morris says:

    From the Tribune late this morning:

    “The Blackhawks’ Brian Campbell was scheduled to meet with team physician Michael Terry on Monday to further assess the defenseman’s injury. The Hawks are expected to provide an update on Campbell’s condition Tuesday with the team in California preparing for Wednesday night’s game against the Ducks.”

    There’s all kinds of potential damage that can be done with this kind of hit, including broken bones, hairline fractures, and torn muscle tissue.

    It’s also possible that the damage is not localized, but that the trauma occured throughout the upper body. These types of injuries do not heal within an easily defined period; and they could re-occur when subjected to the impacts common to contact sports.

  8. Otter says:

    GOOD NEWS:
    – Sharks lost to the Panthers and Ducks this weekend.
    – The West is now down to 9 teams fighting for 8 spots. Hawks are in pretty good shape.
    – The Hawks have a five point lead and a game in hand over the Canucks and Yotes.
    – After these three games out west, the toughest game left on the Hawks schedule is a trip to New Jersey.
    – Thursday is shaping up to be an amazing sports day with the First round of the NCAAs and then Hawks @ Kings.

    So yeah, there are a few positives.

    But major major bummer about Campbell. He’s more important to this team that I think a lot of people realize.

  9. Dave Morris says:

    Further information this afternoon, courtesy of Corus Sports in Montreal, who report that Campbell also suffered a 2nd degree concussion.

  10. Lou says:

    From TSN, “It was not a hard hit,” Ovechkin said. “I just wanted to push him. It’s just a moment in the game. I don’t think it has to be five minutes or something like that. I just felt bad.”

    What a crock of shit. What a cop out excuse. I would have more respect if he just said nothing.

    Unfortunately, The guys on the ice weren’t our tough guys and this isn’t the 1984 Montreal-Quebec playoff game 6 brawl world anymore (Lee would have loved that brawl. The announcer yells wait that’s Mario Tremblay leading his team out for the third, he was kicked out..)

    I hope on God’s good green earth that we get to the cup final against him. I would then give the entire team the green light to absolutely take him out. In fact I would tell Burish, Ladd, Buff, Eager, Brouwer etc. that it is expected that he get hit and get hit hard. Hell, I would be fine if the beat the piss out of him in pre-game.

    What will be real interesting to see is when AO returns to the ice if there is some on ice justice dealt by Campbell’s US and Canadian hockey “brothers at arms.” If the league doesn’t deal with it, let the players. What goes around comes around and it is his turn on the wheel. My guts tell me someone is going to get a big piece of him Blackhawk or not.

  11. Lee says:

    Lou: Who are our tough guy’s, do we have someone I dont know about?.

  12. Mick Durand says:

    I think the most unfortunate part of this entire situation is the fact that, even though this area is well defined in the NHL’s rules, because the offending player is a “superstar” with huge draw for television ratings, his punishment will be negligible at best. The Hawks lose an essential component to their team and this year’s cup run, and Campbell, who was having a great season, now will watch the games from the comfort of his home; the flip-side: Ovechkin sits a few out, and gets away with another potentially career ending play. This incident says allot about our game. The safety and livelihood of a player is worth less to this league and its standard bearers than a contract with NBC. If the operations folks don’t hand down a serious suspension – in the neighborhood of 10+ games- then I agree with the above post mentioning players doing the policing that the league obviously doesn’t have the stones to do itself. But, I doubt that will happen either. This league wants to have its cake and eat it too when it comes to the physical aspects of the game, and their quest to rid the game of fighting. If this hit happened even 10 years ago this game would have lasted 5 hours, if it even went past the first period. Troubling times for our sport indeed.

  13. dominator says:

    Ovenchicken gets 2 games.

    Kind of surprising since Downie got 0!

  14. Lou says:

    @ Lee since we have great disagreement of the definition of tough, I am not going to propogate that dead debate. It is still lent and I said I wouldn’t do that in one of my earlier posts. We can resume 4/5…

    Short of Kane and maybe the Swedes, quite a few of our guys are more than tough enough to kick Ovie’s ass.

    Personally, I hope Burish or Brouwer gets a piece of him. I don’t think he is man enough to stand up for himself as was the case earlier this year when he dropped and someone else jumped in. He made his bed, he needs to be allowed to sleep in it.

  15. Lee says:

    Lou. I will be laying my awesome body in the sun for the next week in Florida so I will agree not to propogate with you although i will have my trusty blueberry and laptop with me. I will say that there is no way the Caps will let OV get into a major scrum as you so correctly remembered when Matt Bradley jumped in earlier this year. It cannot be a fight but it sure can me a major collision or maybe one of those head hits we keep seeing

  16. Lee says:

    Does anyone know if Boynton made it thru the waiver wire?

  17. CT says:

    I hate to promote myself on somebody else’s site, but did someone mention the Good Friday Brawl?

    http://hockeenight.com/2009/04/17/vendredi-nuit-combats-good-friday-brawl.aspx

  18. Dave Morris says:

    CT, you’re a shameless self promoter.

  19. Bob in EP says:

    2 game suspension for Ovechkin

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=521482

  20. Dave Morris says:

    From ESPN:
    “Ovechkin, who was suspended for two games on Nov. 30, 2009, now is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Accordingly, he forfeits $232,645.40 in salary, based on the number of games in the season (82). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund. “

  21. Dave Morris says:

    @Lou, Lee> here’s a better revenge…the Capitals get beaten by the Bruins in Round One. A certain Milan Lucic serves up some chicken fried Ovie.

    Original Six Justice.

  22. Lou says:

    I’ll take it. Ovie needs to be taught a lesson.

    Play hard, play with heart, play with honor and respect the game and your fellow players.

  23. Lou says:

    Sorry for the double post

    “We have no problem with the way Alex tried to finish his check. Unfortunately, an injury resulted. We are disappointed with the suspension but do not want to comment further.” -George McPhee Caps GM

    Well George, we will have no problem is someone breaks a stick off in your piehole or happens to maim Ovenchicken. I’d say scar but he already is fugly. I guess it is okay to condone reckless and dangerous play. But also when someone gets a piece of Ovenchicken on the same type of play, I don’t want to hear shit. No one likes a hyporcrit. You condone it therefore you accept what comes back.

  24. Lou says:

    More good stuff from TSN

    “If this was Sidney Crosby doing this, everybody outside of Pittsburgh would have cried foul: ‘Suspend him for the year,”‘ Boudreau told the Capitals team website, Caps365 on Monday. “I don’t think it does the game any good to have Alex suspended.”

    Well Bruce what do you mean by that statement???? What does the good of the game have to do with anything???? Sounds like you approve of the Ovenchicken rules. What if Campbell did it to him. I don’t think the Potomac could hold all of your tears and slobber…

    More from TSN:

    Past incidents involving Ovechkin include:

    – a knee-on-knee hit on the Hurricanes’ Tim Gleason

    – an infamous knee on Sergei Gonchar during 2009 playoffs, causing the Penguins’ defenceman to miss several games

    – a hit on the Lightning’s Jamie Heward that saw him leave the ice on a stretcher (for the record, Heward, a teammate of Ovechkin’s for two years in Washington, said he thought the hit was an accident and that Ovechkin was not a dirty player)

    – a check that sent Patrick Kaleta of the Sabres into the boards face-first

    – a slew foot on the Thrashers’ Rich Peverley

    – a big blindside hit on Daniel Briere of the Sabres

    Role model, icon player, fine piece of work…

  25. Otter says:

    IF you watch this video, at about 2:10 when they throw out Ovechkin, Brouwer does skate over and says something, the linesman is escorting Ovechkin so nothing happens, but Brouwer was there and he looked like he was ready to rip Ovechkin’s head off.

  26. hully says:

    Anyone hear what is up with Hossa ?

  27. Bob in EP says:

    I would settle for a President’s Trophy followed by a 1st round exit for the Caps.

  28. Lee says:

    Eklund picks Hawks to beat Boston for the cup!!!

  29. Lee says:

    Where is Kyle Beach going now that his junior career is over?

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