Ondrej Pavelec

Ondrej Pavelec collapsed due to fainting spell


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.

Already without Eberle, the Oilers could also be missing Hall tonight

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Taylor Hall is sick and reportedly “doubtful” for tonight’s game in Dallas.

Hall did not skate with the Oilers this morning. If he can’t play, Edmonton’s top two lines against the Stars could feature Ryan Nugent-Hopkins between wingers Teddy Purcell and Benoit Pouliot, followed by Connor McDavid centering Lauri Korpikoski and Nail Yakupov.

The Oilers — forced to start the season without top-six winger Jordan Eberle — have scored just once in their first two games, losing 3-1 in St. Louis and 2-0 in Nashville.

Edmonton returns home after tonight’s contest to play St. Louis on Thursday. Then it’s back out on the road for games against Calgary and Vancouver.

Sabres waive d-man Donovan

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Buffalo has put blueliner Matt Donovan on waivers, per Sportsnet.

Donovan, 25, signed a one-year deal with the Sabres on the opening day of free agency after spending his entire professional career with the Isles organization.

The fact he’s being waived isn’t a huge shock. Donovan failed to draw into a single Sabres game this year despite a whittled-down blueline; Jake McCabe, recently called up from AHL Rochester, drew into the lineup for Monday’s win over Columbus at the expense of Carlo Colaiacovo, who played the first two games of the year.

The fact both McCabe and Colaiacovo were ahead on the depth chart didn’t bode well for Donovan. Today’s move could also suggest that Zach Bogosian, who hasn’t played this year due to injury, is ready to return.