Chara back in Boston after injuring Satan overseas


Chara back in Boston after injuring Satan overseas

While it might have been disappointing when the NHL and NHLPA couldnt come to an agreement last week, it hasnt stopped the local NHL players from getting together to skate.

On Tuesday Shawn Thornton was a part of the local group of players skating together at an area rink, but the locals were joined for the first time in months by Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. The KHL, Swiss League and Czech League are all on a current 10-day holiday break, so NHL players like Chara and Tyler Seguin have temporarily returned to Boston from their overseas adventures.

It was a perfect time for Chara to leave his HC Lev team in Prague as there are some hard feelings for the Bs defensemen from his former teammate, Miroslav Satan. Chara drilled Satan with a pair of hits in November one when he caught Satan with his head down carrying the puck in the neutral zone that caused a concussion and a neck injury that still have the former BsIslandersSabres forward out of his KHL teams lineup.

The hit was a clean one perhaps made worse by the size difference between the two players, but Satan still had some unkind things to say about his Slovakian countryman through the European media. The following Satan quote was tweeted out by Czech reporter Roman Jedlicka of TV NOVA:

The great friendship between Bruins Zdeno Chara and Miro Satan is over. Reason? Two huge hits from Chara in November, Satan is still (1)

Roman Jedlicka (@jedli) December 11, 2012

injured. Satan: "Zdeno risked the health and life of someone who calls a good friend. I'm not saying he wanted intentionally to hurt me (2)

Roman Jedlicka (@jedli) December 11, 2012

but he knew that was me and that i didnt see him. Plate between the sixth and seventh vertebrae in my neck is displaced by 4.5 mms(3)

Roman Jedlicka (@jedli) December 11, 2012

into the spinal canal. It took a bit and I may have been paralyzed. Source: goo.glV1wZB (end)

Roman Jedlicka (@jedli) December 11, 2012

Chara maintained after the game he didnt know at the time it was Satan until after each of the hits took place, and has always considered incidents like the hit in question as hockey plays.

Chara has nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) in 20 games with Lev Prague, and is a plus-3 while battling to keep up with the quick skill game favored in Europe over the gritty, physical North American version.

Thornton and Chara were joined on Tuesday afternoon by skate regulars like Jay Pandalfo, Ryan Whitney and Keith Yandle, who continue to skate locally rather than report to their NHL homes in Edmonton and Phoenix.

Brandon Yip, Tuukka Rask, Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic have also been regular skaters over the last few weeks, but werent among those skating on the frozen sheet Tuesday.

Geno Smith has torn ACL; Ryan Fitzpatrick to start for Jets


Geno Smith has torn ACL; Ryan Fitzpatrick to start for Jets

The Jets’ quarterback situation took a comically typical turn Monday, as Ryan Fitzpatrick will be under center after an MRI revealed that Geno Smith has a torn ACL. 

After starting New York’s first six games of the season, Fitzpatrick was demoted to backup for Sunday’s game against the Ravens. Smith was injured on a sack by Baltimore’s Matt Judon, forcing Fitzpatrick back into action. 

After leading the Jets to a 24-16 win, Fitzpatrick made his dissatisfaction with being benched known. 

“The biggest thing in this game in order to last, is to have belief in yourself,” Fitzpatrick said in his postgame press conference. “Because when the owner stops believing in you and the GM stops believing in you and the coaches stop believing in you, sometimes all you have is yourself. That’s something that I’ve had to deal with before. That’s something I’m dealing with now.”

On the season, Fitzpatrick has completed 136 of 237 passes for 1,561 yards with six touchdowns and a league-leading 11 interceptions. 

McQuaid cleared to play, nearing return to Bruins lineup


McQuaid cleared to play, nearing return to Bruins lineup

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- It was a bitter pill for Adam McQuaid to sit out the first five games of this season, but it looks like the veteran Bruins stay-at-home defenseman is nearing a return to the lineup. McQuaid was cleared to potentially play in Saturday’s loss to the Montreal Canadiens after an upper body injury kept him shelved for the team’s first four games, and could be approaching a return in the next few days as Claude Julien mulls a number of possible lineup changes.

“It was obviously frustrating, but I’m where I’m at now and trying to move on from it. Looking forward to getting back into the lineup hopefully as soon as possible here,” said the 30-year-old McQuaid, who had a goal and nine points in 64 games for the Black and Gold last season. “The excitement level is high for me, and it is for everybody after a loss when you’re looking forward to getting back out there.

“It would have been nice to have started the season with the guys, but you can’t change that now. I’ve had some good practices, and I’m just trying to my game as simple as possible, and take it as it comes. Obviously guys have played some games and it’s been a couple of weeks for me, so I’ll just have to keep my game simple.”

The B’s bench boss indicated it was only a matter of time before McQuaid makes his 2016-17 regular season debut, but that he’s got plenty of things to decide prior to dropping the puck against the Wild.

“[McQuaid] was cleared last game. I haven’t made any decisions based for [Tuesday night vs. Minnesota]. There’s a lot of things that are up in the air, and I’ve just go to juggle those things,” said Julien. “Who knows? Hopefully tomorrow morning I’ve got a better picture [of injury situation], and if not then it will be game-time decisions. I wish I could have a better answer [on if McQuaid will play], but I’ve got no answers right now.”

With Colin Miller (minus-4), Joe Morrow, Torey Krug (a rough minus-3 against Montreal) and John-Michael Liles all minus players after the first five games of the season, there are ample options for Julien on which potential blueliner to bump up to the press box. McQuaid is just happy he’s getting closer to a return while skating with 23-year-old Rob O’Gara at practice, and he can get back to helping a B’s team that’s smack dab in the middle (ranked 15th allowing 3.0 goals per game) of the NHL for team defense this season.