Tuesday Quick Hits

Kris Dielman would most likely do it all over again.  In a piece done by the Associated Press and posted on ESPN, Dielman explains that the drive for the ring would make him do dumb stuff;

“This was definitely a scare,” said Dielman, known for his hard-nosed, blue-collar demeanor. “Waking up in the hospital with my wife standing over me, that was pretty scary. I don’t scare easy, but that was something different.”

Dielman went on to explain that having a family and kids would most likely make the decision harder, if it were to happen again, to return.  This is the first opportunity the media has had to talk with Dielman, as players on the IR are not allowed to be interviewed by the press.

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Marc Staal makes return to ice in Ranger uniform, outdoors in Philly.  Staal had been out since February last year Continue reading

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Many NHL Players Coming Back From Concussion

If you are a casual follower of sports then you for sure know the plight of Sidney Crosby and his long comeback from his concussion he sustained on New Years Day.  Recently he has been doing “much better” according to sources and believes that he is much closer to a return to full go;

Sidney Crosby believes he is getting closer to being cleared for contact.

The Pittsburgh Penguins’ star was pleased after going through another trouble-free practice Monday, a day after taking part in a scrimmage in which hits were banned.

“Obviously, the more good days you have, the nearer you get, and, hopefully, we’ll get there shortly,” said Crosby, who is recovering from a concussion that occurred more than eight months ago.

However there is a huge difference between practice in a controlled setting, where no hitting is allowed, and an uncontrolled game.  It would be a massively different story if the NHL were to ban shots to the head, but that is a rant for a different day.  The reason you know about “Sid The Kid” so well is that he is not only the face of a franchise but the NHL itself.

Is Crosby the only one dealing with such issues?  The answer is an emphatic no.  Below are other players in the NHL using the off-season to get healed up after concussion. Continue reading