The NHL’s motion to dismiss a class-action lawsuit brought by former players over concussion-related injuries has been denied by a United States District Judge in Minnesota.
Click here to read the full ruling by Judge Susan Nelson, who found all three of the NHL’s arguments for dismissal to be insufficient.
Here’s the summary:
This, of course, does not mean that NHL has lost the case. Rather, the judge has only ruled that the case should be allowed to proceed.
Also, via ESPN’s Katie Strang:
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The Detroit Red Wings are making some adjustments amid a challenging run of three games in four nights (having lost the first two in that span).
For one thing, it appears as if Jonas Gustavsson to be going through concussion protocols (GM Ken Holland said he’s day-to-day and feels a little “off”). He may have be injured thanks to a second-period collision with Milan Lucic in Sunday’s 5-3 loss to the Boston Bruins, according to the Detroit Free-Press. Petr Mrazek was recalled as Gustavsson is on the shelf.
That same report indicates that two blunders explain why Stephen Weiss is exiting the Red Wings’ lineup for Tomas Jurco.
Here are the two goals Mike Babcock pointed to in order to explain why Weiss (pictured) is taking a seat:
The Red Wings try to avoid a three-game skid as they host the Edmonton Oilers tonight.
The Vancouver Canucks will get some much-needed defensive reinforcements tonight against Anaheim, as Chris Tanev will play for the first time since suffering a concussion on Feb. 14.
“It will be fun to get back out there,” Tanev said, per News 1130. “I am just going to go out there, work hard and trying and keep things simple. They are a good team over there so it will be a tough game to jump right back in to.”
Tanev, a pending RFA, was averaging nearly 22 minutes a night for Vancouver prior to getting hurt and is arguably the club’s top defensive defenseman. He leads the team and sits 16th in the NHL in blocked shots, with 131.
Tanev will be paired with Alex Edler and join Dan Hamhuis, Luca Sbisa, Ryan Stanton and Frank Corrado on the Vancouver defense tonight. Corrado is in for Adam Clendening, who’ll sit; fellow defenseman Kevin Bieksa remains sidelined following hand surgery.