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Morning Skate: Derek Sanderson's remarkable second act

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Morning Skate: Derek Sanderson's remarkable second act

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while everybody is working for the weekend.

*I am always a sucker for an article about Bruins legend and charismatic raconteur Derek Sanderson, so here it is this time from Dan Robson about his turnaround in the game of life. Sanderson’s ability to beat back his demons and have a great second act in life is one of the all-time good hockey stories of redemption and perseverance.

*It certainly looks like Andreas Athanasiou is preparing for life without the NHL and the Detroit Red Wings. NBCSports.com's Pro Hockey Talk has the details.

*Can Connor McDavid score 100 goals in a single season and break Wayne Gretzky’s long-standing record? That’s what Jaromir Jagr thinks.

*The Rangers had some bright spots from their opening night effort, and much of it centered around their young forwards.

*It’s been eight years since the Carolina Hurricanes have made the playoffs, but they are the trendy pick to get back into the postseason mix this spring.

*For something completely different: Great piece from Joon Lee about former Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland and his life since he had to retire from baseball due to surgeries to repair malformation of the blood vessels in his brain.

 


 

McAvoy undergoes procedure for 'abnormal heart rhythm'

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McAvoy undergoes procedure for 'abnormal heart rhythm'

BRIGHTON, Mass – As a workhorse 20-year-old hockey player, it wasn’t much of a warning signal when Charlie McAvoy missed Monday’s Bruins practice with what the team initially called “a doctor’s appointment.” But it turned out to be a fairly serious absence as the Bruins announced later in the afternoon that their prized rookie is going to miss roughly two weeks after undergoing a procedure at Mass General Hospital to address an abnormal heart rhythm. 

According to the Bruins statement: “After the Nov. 26 game, Charlie told team physicians that he experienced heart palpitations during the game. Subsequently he underwent an evaluation, which diagnosed him with a supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). The type of SVT Charlie has is not considered to be dangerous to his health but can recur at any time and causes significant symptoms.”

After consulting with a multitude of doctors, McAvoy and the Bruins opted for the procedure because of the high likelihood of the condition’s recurrence. McAvoy will spend the night at Mass General, and is expected to return to the lineup in a couple of weeks. 

The timing of McAvoy’s procedure around the NHL All-Star break means he’ll miss fewer games than he might have otherwise, but it also means the 20-year-old is obviously out of the running to be a replacement for the injured Victor Hedman on the Atlantic Division squad. At this point it’s just good news that the B’s prized young rookie is going to be okay by all accounts, and that the team was able to catch the condition early on with McAvoy’s entire career in front of him. 

The 20-year-old McAvoy has been one of the best rookies in the entire NHL this season with five goals and 25 points in 45 games along with a plus-18 rating, and the B’s D-man also leads all NHL rookies by a wide margin with 22:49 of ice time per game. 

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Morning Skate: Darling experiment not working out for Hurricanes

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Morning Skate: Darling experiment not working out for Hurricanes

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while readying for some serious NHL All-Star game action later this week. 

 

*In a world where we sometimes think it would be easy to replace Tuukka Rask with somebody as effective as a No. 1 goalie for the Bruins, the Carolina Hurricanes and Scott Darling serve as solid evidence that it really isn’t that easy to find a high-caliber goaltender. The Canes tried to go the route of grabbing a good, young established backup to be their No. 1 guy a la Cam Talbot in Edmonton, and it just hasn’t worked out for the Hurricanes. There is still time for Darling to step up and be the guy Carolina needs him to be, but it hasn’t happened yet. 

 

*Rick Nash is a big fan of Pavel Buchnevich, and thinks the young Rangers forward can become a star in the league

 

*It’s a sad day for USA Hockey as Jim Johansson has passed away far too young at 53 years old. Here’s a good piece from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Craig Custance on hockey’s loss with Johansson’s passing. 

 

*In a great development for the Bruins and a not-so-great one for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Ondrej Palat is out for an indefinite amount of time

 

*NBC is already getting fired up about the heated Team USA/Team Canada rivalry in women’s hockey, and I am right there with them. 

 

*One of the leaders in the Colorado Avalanche dressing room said that the trade of Matt Duchene away has improved Colorado’s culture “a lot.”

 

*For something completely different: It sounds like it was a pretty awesome experience to go to the Eagles/Vikings NFC championship game if you were from Minnesota. In other words, not so awesome.  

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