Monday, April 10, 2006

And you thought Ottawa had injury problems

Nashville Predators starting goaltender Tomas Vokoun will be lost for the season while he undergoes treatment for a blood illness, according to Nashville general manager David Poile.

Poile said that the Predators expect a full recovery, but the treatment will last beyond the duration of the NHL playoffs.

That sound you heard around 11:30 this morning was the Nashville Predators' chances of winning the Stanley Cup disappearing for at least 12 months.

4 Comments:

At 2:12 PM, Blogger Jeff J said...

What is with the Czechs and bizarre DL entries this year?

Elias out with Hepatitis, Fischer out with a heart condition, and Vokoun out with whatever this is.

 
At 2:19 PM, Blogger CMcMurtry said...

That's an interesting point that I hadn't even thought of. I guess just bad luck. Perhaps its that getting Jagr to prosper takes up all the carma of the Czech hockey gods.

 
At 6:23 PM, Anonymous David Johnson said...

Karel Pilar of the Leafs has been out for the better part of 2 seasons with some kind of heart virus.

I am not sure the Predators had a real chance at the Stanley Cup anyway, but without Vokoun they have zero chance. Looks like Anaheim (most likely anyway) will have an easy first round matchup now.

 
At 6:52 PM, Blogger CMcMurtry said...

With Voukon, I'd say the Preds, even with their skid in the second half of the season, had as good as shot as any other second tier Western Conference team (the two Ds being the top tier of course).

They have a balanced line-up, a good defence, and a goalie who's proven he's a gamer.

But like you said, without him, their future will be a first round exit. Not sure it will be easy, but not nearly the challenge it would've been.

 

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