Surgery performed this week on Anaheim Ducks forward Nate Thompson has reportedly revealed further damage to his injured shoulder.
According to a report from Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register on Friday evening, the operation revealed two labral tears, with a recovery time of five to six months for the 30-year-old Thompson.
The Ducks stated that Thompson would undergo surgery on Thursday. The hard-hitting forward missed the first round of the playoffs because of injury, before returning to the Ducks lineup against the Calgary Flames.
In his first season with the Ducks, Thompson scored five goals and 18 points in 80 games, before scoring twice with six points in 12 playoff games.
Once the general manager of the Colorado Avalanche, Greg Sherman has now been named the senior vice-president of business and team operations with the same club, as per an announcement on Friday.
Sherman has spent the last 14 years in the Avalanche front office. That includes the GM role from 2009 to 2014.
Last September, prior to the start of the regular season, Joe Sakic took over the GM job, bumping Sherman to an assistant general manager position.
“Greg’s role with the Avalanche has changed over the years, but his commitment and passion for the franchise has never wavered with different responsibilities,” said Avalanche president Josh Kroenke in a statement, adding there is no change to hockey operations.
It’s crunch time for ‘Showtime.’
Four games into this Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning, Patrick Kane has yet to score in this series.
He has one assist, which came in a Game 4 win for the Blackhawks. This series has shifted back to Tampa Bay for Game 5 on Saturday. So far, every game has been decided by just one goal.
Should Kane snap his drought, it could push the advantage closer in the direction of the Blackhawks in a tight series, all even in what is now a best-of-three battle. Maybe, at this point, that means a more long-lasting reunion with Jonathan Toews?
“I think he goes through stretches where he doesn’t produce, but he does a lot of other things that are healthy for our team game,” Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville told reporters on Friday.
“All of a sudden, you know, he hits the scoreboard and then it’s tough to keep him off it.”
Kane enters Game 5 with nine shots on goal in this series. In two of four games, he’s had a Corsi For rating greater than 55 per cent, according to war-on-ice.com. He went through a shorter two-game drought to start the Western Conference Final before erupting for seven points, including five in the final two games.
“We just know you got to keep working, keep finding ways to create chances,” Toews told reporters. “Eventually believe those bounces are going to go your way.”