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More Holik Misery

15 November 2002 - 01:49 PM

I didn't see this article from the times posted, so here it is for those interested:

Holik Continues to Wait as Injury Slowly Heals

CALGARY, Alberta, Nov. 14 Rangers center Bobby Holik said he had nightmares Wednesday night that he could not skate well enough to play here for the Rangers tonight.

It was a portent. After taking part in this morning's skate, Holik, who had expressed optimism Wednesday about a possible return, decided his strained hip flexor had not healed to the point where he can play.

"I can't even battle in the corners yet," said Holik, who sat out his ninth consecutive game as the Rangers faced the Flames. "I don't think I can skate well enough to even get in there. And if I cannot do that, I may as well skate off the ice."

Not since the 1995-96 season, when injuries forced Holik to miss 19 games with the Devils, had he missed more than four games in a season. "It's really getting to me mentally," Holik said.

The injury resulted from Holik overcompensating for a badly bruised right foot that he injured in the Rangers' final preseason game on Oct. 5. He said Wednesday that he did not think his hip would fully heal until next summer. That did not sit well with Glen Sather, the Rangers' president and general manager, who signed Holik, 31, to a five-year, $45 million contract in the off-season.

"I don't know how he can diagnose an injury and say it's going to take a year to recover," Sather said today. "I've always found that self-diagnosis is not the right answer. That's why there are doctors. But you never know. And you have to be careful."

The Rangers are proceeding carefully with Holik, who underwent a magnetic resonance imaging exam on the hip tonight.

"He's day to day," Rangers Coach Bryan Trottier said. "We were encouraged by yesterday."

"He's going to get another post-practice analysis from Rammer," Trottier said, referring to Rangers trainer Jim Ramsay, "and we'll go from there. We're getting closer. I don't see the concern. We're encouraged, actually."

Even if Holik is not.

"I'm not Bobby," Trottier said. "I'm not in Bobby's body. I look at it as day to day. Bobby wants to get back right now. He's frustrated."

Sharks Sign Stuart

13 November 2002 - 07:57 PM

From SJSharks official (fully white-washed) website:
Sharks & Stuart Agree To Terms

It looks like for the first time all season, the Sharks will have the ability to dress their best 20-man unit. Brad Stuart agreed to terms on Wednesday morning and that, combined with Scott Thornton's return on Monday night, provides San Jose a holdout and injury free lineup.

The deal is for three years and is worth about $5 million over the term. Stuart will skate at Logitech Ice at San Jose this morning, then fly to Atlanta in the afternoon.

"I'm happy it's over," said Stuart. "It is not something I enjoyed. I'm just glad to get back and start playing. It's tough and frustrating to watch your team play without you, especially when the team is not doing well. You don't like it, but it's part of the game now."

The 24-year-old Stuart, one of the top young blueliners in the game, and the Sharks completed a multiyear deal Tuesday evening. Last year Stuart posted 29 points (six goals, 23 assists) while playing in all 82 contests. He played the bulk of the season's second half on an injured ankle that required offseason surgery. He had been skating with the University of Calgary until he returned to San Jose last night.

While his training camp time would have been limited by the surgery, Stuart's health is not an issue right now. Stuart received a physical from Sharks Team Doctor Arthur Ting Wednesday morning.

"It's pretty good," Stuart said of the ankle. "I haven't had much to gauge it by. Getting out there and skating feels good. Getting in a game will test it, but I think I'm ready to do the job."

Stuart was named as the runner up for the 1999-00 Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the League's top rookie. The Rocky Mountain House, Alberta native was selected by San Jose in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft (first round, third overall).

Mike Ricci

08 November 2002 - 09:06 PM

When asked about his nasty looking injury last night:

"They told me that I was lucky that I jumped up," said Ricci. "If my foot was flat it could have been worse. My ninja training came in handy. I've got a lot more tricks in my bag too."

Sharks Win Last Night

06 November 2002 - 07:58 PM

I was shocked. Sharks won a game! Last game they played I noticed there were a bunch of no name new guys on the bench. Then last night new guy was out there scoring a couple of damn goals. Where'd he come from???? Un-drafed try-out player.
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