With Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec out of the hospital, the question about why he collapsed to the ice in Atlanta on Friday night has finally been answered. The Thrashers released this update as to what happened to Pavelec and what his immediate future holds.
Ondrej Pavelec was released from the hospital yesterday following two days of testing. Preliminary results indicate Ondrej had a neurocardiogenic syncope episode (a type of fainting spell), which caused him to fall and hit his head on the ice, leading to the subsequent concussion and loss of consciousness. He was cleared to return home following a battery of testing on his heart and brain. For precautionary measures, he is undergoing further tests on his heart as well as blood and genetic testing this week. If all goes as expected, he will be medically cleared following those results and will be available to resume playing at the conclusion of any symptoms from his concussion.
While many are still worried that there could be something else wrong with Pavelec, to hear that it was just a fainting spell is a bit of a relief. We won’t know for sure if Pavelec is out of danger until other tests are completed, but if this is all he’s got to deal with that’s great news. Unfortunately, Pavelec also suffered a concussion thanks to his fall to the ice and that could prove to be more of an issue later on.
In roster moves, the Thrashers sent Drew McIntyre back to Chicago in the AHL and have recalled former Denver University star goalie Peter Mannino to take his spot. Mannino was due to be called up initially but was feeling under the weather at the time. As for when Pavelec could return to the lineup, his agent Allan Walsh is feeling confident that he could be back soon.
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
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