Author: Joe Yerdon

Dan Boyle

Dan Boyle still doesn’t want to discuss his head injury

Back on October 15, San Jose Sharks defenseman was knocked unconscious by a blow to the head from St. Louis Blues forward Maxim Lapierre. Boyle had to be stretchered off the ice and did not take Lapierre’s phone calls to reach out to him.

He missed two weeks of action and returned on November 2, but as Kevin Kurz of shares, Boyle is happy to be back but not eager to discuss what went down with having such an injury.

“I think there’s a story there, I just don’t think I’m ready to talk about it yet,” Boyle said on Saturday morning. “I’m still going through things. There will be a time where I can open up and talk about it, I’m just not quite there yet.”

Boyle has played well in the past three games for San Jose putting up a goal and four assists overall including a goal and an assist each against Nashville on Saturday.

We’ve heard stories from other players in the past describing how hard it is to return from concussions and other head injuries, and with how Boyle is setting things up here, there’s quite the story to be told.

Thanks for the cliffhanger, Dan.

Avs’ Tanguay (hip) slowly improving

Alex Tanguay

Colorado Avalanche forward Alex Tanguay is out with a hip problem, and while the diagnosis was initially dire, things are slowly improving.

According to Adrian Dater of The Denver Post, Tanguay was getting treatment done on his hip at the rink. Dater says his hip issue developed while he was rehabbing the knee injury that initially put him out of action back on November 2.

At 34 years old, these kinds of injuries are brutal to deal with. When there’s an issue affecting the hip, that can be a killer given how much players need to get around with speed and agility. Older players losing those abilities is obviously a bad thing.

Noel after shootout loss to Avs: ‘I don’t deal in moral victories’

Claude Noel

Losing in a shootout to the Colorado Avalanche might be something for some teams to hang their hat on with how well the Avs have played.

Not Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel, however.

Following the 4-3 loss, Noel told reporters he’s not happy with a proud loss regardless of who it’s against as Paul Wiecek of the Winnipeg Free Press shares.

“I don’t deal in moral victories,” Noel said. “Right now, we’re a .500 hockey team and .500 isn’t good enough. It’s not going to cut it and it hasn’t cut it in the past. It’s put us below the line and this year in the conference we’re in, it won’t come close. You’re going to be really scrambling.”

The Jets have dropped two in a row and four of their last six and sit tied for fifth in the Central Division with Dallas and Nashville, eight points behind the fourth place Minnesota Wild. The opportunity to climb is there, but the game-to-game inconsistency they’ve shown hasn’t helped.