R.I.P. Belak … Savard’s career could be over … List of players who’ve retired due to head injuries … Fedoruk’s demons

No one will get credit for breaking the death of Wade Belak. I’m still in shock over this one. I did not know Belak, but he always seemed be smiling and cracking jokes in on/off-air interviews. I woke up this morning hoping that there was a big mix up and it wasn’t him. My condolences go out to his family and friends.

  • Matthew Barnaby via twitter: I’m glad Matthew Barnaby, who has dealt with concussions and the fighting role, wrote the below and I hope the NHLPA reads it.

    “Prepared for life after. Very very tough. Nhlpa should do better job of preparing to enter league- and departing it! FACT.”

    This isn’t on the league. We all know we r a piece of meat and cast aside when we r done but nhlpa should prepare guys more!!”

  • Fluto Shinzawa of hte Boston Globe: Bruins forward Marc Savard is still experiencing from post-concussion syndrome.

    “Marc Savard won’t play this year,” said GM Peter Chiarelli. “Nothing has changed in our monitoring. He’ll be examined and he’ll be declared unfit to play.”

    There is also the possibility that his playing career is over.

    “Based on what I see, what I hear, what I read, and what I’m told, it’s very unlikely Marc will play again,” Chiarelli said. “Now, knowing the uncertainty of this injury, there’s always a chance [he could play]. But based on what I’m told, it’s very unlikely he’ll play. As an employer, I support him and hope he gets back to living a healthy life.”

  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Mirtle put together a list of players who have been forced to retire due to head injuries over the past 10-15 years:

    Pat LaFontaine, Jim Johnson, Eric Lindros, Scott Stevens, Paul Kariya, Mike Richter, Keith Primeau, Geoff Courtnall, Adam Deadmarsh, Jeff Beukeboom, Petr Svoboda, Nick Kypreos, Brett Lindros, Jason Botterill, Steven Rice, Jay More, Dean Chynoweth, Dennis Vaske, Cam Stewart, Steve Rucchin, Steve Moore, Jesse Wallin, Steve Dubinsky, Richard Scott, Stu Grimson, Gino Odjick, Rob DiMaio, David Tanabe, Kim Johnsson, Matthew Barnaby, Kurt Sauer and Dave Scatchard.

  • Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: Todd Fedoruk is trying to make the Canucks this training camp, admitted that he’s battled drug and alcohol addictions in the past but has been clean for almost 18 months. Fedoruuk didn’t play last year, taking the time to fix himself and his relationship with his wife and kids. (I wanted to post some quotes but there were too many worthy one’s, instead I’ll direct you to read the entire piece.)
  • Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: Maple Leafs RFA defenseman Luke Schenn isn’t worried that he doesn’t have a contract yet. “It’s going to happen sooner or later,” Schenn said of his contract. “There’s not much to say about it.”
  • Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider: Kings GM Dean Lombardi had talks with Drew Doughty’s side yesterday but no deal seems imminent. Lombardi added,

    “It’s safe to say we’ve talked the last couple days, and we’ll just continue to try to work through it. … I still feel confident that this is going to get done (before the start of training camp).”

  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Fedor Tyutin’s salary breakdown: 2012-13 $4 million, 2013-14 $4.5 million, 2014-15 $4.75 million, 2015-16 $5 million, 2016-17 $4.75 million and in 2017-18 $4 million. There is also a no-trade clause for the first 3 years and a modified no-trade for the final 3 years.
  • James Murphy of ESPN: The Bruins have talked to Jay Pandolfo about attending training camp on a tryout. They have also invited someone else but they haven’t heard back from him yet. GM Chiarelli has talked to  some others as well, but hasn’t issued a tryout invites yet.
  • Chris Botta talks with Darren Dreger about the NY Islanders adding another piece, Evgeni Nabokov and the team in general.


  1. Jeff

    September 1, 2011 at 9:12 am

  2. Jeff

    September 1, 2011 at 9:24 am

    ..you should ask the NHPLA for a comment.

  3. Mark Easson

    September 1, 2011 at 9:53 am

    NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr put out this statement:

    “All Players and NHLPA staff are sincerely saddened and shocked by the passing of former member Wade Belak. His affable personality made him popular with teammates, fans and media, and he was a hardworking, respected member of the Association. He will undoubtedly be greatly missed throughout the entire hockey community. Our deepest condolences go out to Wade’s family and friends during this very difficult time.”

  4. Jeff

    September 1, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Sure, but that doesnt answer the question you posed on Twitter.

  5. Mark Easson

    September 1, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Didn’t realize you were refering to my twitter question.

  6. Mark Easson

    September 1, 2011 at 10:12 am

    From the NHLPA site:

    * Assists retired players via the NHL Alumni Association in various areas, such as the Life After Hockey program

    Alumni Association

    For years, the NHLPA has been an important resource for ex-NHLers, beginning in 1994 when it helped a group of former players create the NHLPA Alumni Association. In November 1998, the NHL Alumni Association was established as an independent association, by amalgamating two Alumni groups formed by the National Hockey League Players’ Association and the National Hockey League. Today, more than 3,000 former players – each with at least one game played in the NHL – belong to the Alumni Association.

    Supporting Players

    Off the rink, the NHLPA is active in providing players on-going assistance in their daily lives. One such area of support involves a program that the NHLPA and the NHL set up in September 1996 to assist players and their families in the treatment of health problems, including substance abuse. Funded jointly by the NHLPA and the NHL, the program is the first of its kind in NHL history.

  7. tom

    September 1, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Which is obviously not true, based on the comments by Sopel and other ex-players today.