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Report: ER doctors will be a fixture for every NHL game


There have been some horrifying incidents in the past of NHL players suddenly collapsing on the bench during the chaos of a game, and it’s been the quick actions of a doctor that saved their lives.

Now, according to Yahoo Sports Canada, emergency room doctors will be a fixture at every NHL game going forward.

From Yahoo Sports Canada:

Now, after the Rich Peverley incident last season, the NHL has strengthened its standards further. Each team needs three doctors near the benches at each home game – an orthopedist, a primary care physician and an ER physician – and at least one, if not all, must have current training in ATLS and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

If and when there is another life-threatening emergency – a cardiac incident, a severe laceration, an obstructed airway – there will be an extra layer of expertise and experience to aid in the response.

The Peverley incident is the most recent. Last March, the Dallas Stars forward collapsed on the bench during a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was taken to hospital and underwent a successful heart procedure.

In November of 2005, then Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer collapsed on the bench also during a game. Again, he was saved by the quick actions of the team physician.

“There was a lot of yelling and screaming, and the one guy that wasn’t confused was our team doctor,” said Fischer’s former teammate Brendan Shanahan, as per Yahoo.


Krug, Smith sign with Bruins

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You can scratch two more names off the restricted free agents list.

The Boston Bruins announced new one-year deals for defenseman Torey Krug and forward Reilly Smith Monday.

According to the release, the deals are identical carrying a cap hit of $1.4 million.

With the signings, the Bruins now have $418,000 of cap space remaining per The Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin. This of course includes the relief they get from Marc Savard remaining on long term injured reserve.

Krug, 23, actually ends up taking a pay cut in the deal as he made roughly $1.75 million last season according to CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty.  TSN’s Aaron Ward reports Krug’s deal is worth $900,000 with a $100,000 signing bonus.

Krug had 14 goals and 40 points in 79 games during his rookie season with the Bruins in 2013-14. He became just the fifth rookie in franchise history to score 10 or more goals in his first season.

In his first full season with the Bruins, Smith who earned $2.7 million over three years on his entry-level deal, scored 20 goals and 51 points in 82 games in 2013-14.  The Bruins acquired Smith in July 2013 from the Dallas along with Loui Eriksson, Matt Fraser and Joe Morrow in the deal which saw Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button go to the Stars.

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli is going to be a busy man next summer. In addition to Smith, Krug and Fraser, Ryan Spooner, Dougie Hamilton, Jordan Caron, Justin Florek and Niklas Svedberg will become restricted free agents following the 2014-15 season.

That’s on top of Johnny Boychuk, Adam McQuaid, Matt Bartkowski, Carl Soderberg, Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille becoming unrestricted free agents.

Smith and Krug coupled with Jaden Schwartz leaving money on the table in St. Louis  certainly can’t help the case of Columbus Blue Jackets’ holdout Ryan Johansen.

Nashville also inked restricted free agent defenseman Ryan Ellis on Thursday.

Brenden Dillon and Cody Eakin of the Dallas Stars along with Johansen are also among the notable restricted free agents still awaiting new deals.

Stars’ Peverley can work out, but isn’t allowed to skate yet

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If Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley manages to return to from his frightening March collapse, it sounds like he’ll need to take his rehab step-by-step.

The Dallas Morning News passes along word from GM James Nill that Peverley is allowed to work out, but not skate just yet.

“He’s cleared to work out, but not cleared to go on the ice yet,” Nill told the Dallas Morning News. “He has to go to a cardiologist to be tested, and there’s no timeline on that right now.”

Much like the Philadelphia Flyers with Kimmo Timonen’s blood clot concerns, the Stars are understandably taking a cautious approach with the 32-year-old forward, who dealt with other cardiac issues before that scary moment.

(In case you’re wondering, Nill said he’s “not sure” if there will be a point where doctors just tell Peverley to shut his comeback attempts down.)

The versatile center seems aware that this is going to a process that might include some bumps in the road.

“It’s a process, and there are a lot of steps,” Peverley told the Dallas Morning-News back in June. “I’m trying to take the steps one at a time and just see what happens. If I can play, that will be great.

“If I can’t, then I’ll deal with that at that time.”

Peverley has one year remaining on his current contract, which carries a $3.25 million cap hit.