David Booth, after working so hard to come back from a devastating
concussion five months ago, will have his season end after another
From Steve Gorten of the Sun Sentinel:
Coach Pete DeBoer wouldn’t declare it so today, saying only that
“it’s a strong probability.” But you could tell DeBoer knows that, and
that even if doctors somehow cleared him to return, he wouldn’t feel
comfortable putting Booth back on the ice this soon after his second
concussion in five months.
There’s not much else to say, other than to wish Booth a speedy and
safe recovery. He’s a promising and talented young player and it’s a
shame this season has gone the way it has for him. Coach DeBoer doesn’t
want to hear how it’s Booth’s fault for having his head down, either.
“It’s not as easy as just saying, ‘Hey, keep your head up on the
DeBoer said. “The way David plays, he’s aggressive, he goes after the
puck. The play last night, he’s making an extra effort, reaching for it.
When he lifts his head up, there’s a guy there. It’s not something you
can talk to a guy about that he can fix. That’s how he plays and
unfortunately, he’s had bad luck and a couple of concussions because of
Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.
We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.
It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”
Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)
Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.
So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”
… You get the idea.
The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.
The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.
Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.
It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.
The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.
As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.
Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?
The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.
This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.