Roman Polak

Roman Polak's agent called Bruins broadcaster 'a piece of [expletive'] for comments

Roman Polak's agent called Bruins broadcaster 'a piece of [expletive'] for comments

The good news is it appears Dallas Stars defenseman Roman Polak is going to be okay after being transported to a Dallas hospital after a nasty tumble into the boards in last night’s Bruins season-opening 2-1 win.

Polak tumbled awkwardly head and neck first into the boards after sliding off Chris Wagner as he attempted to make contact with the Bruins winger in the corner while battling for a puck during the second period of Thursday night’s opener.

The veteran D-men wasn’t moving at all while down on the ice, and had to be taken off via stretcher while Bruins and Stars players alike tapped their sticks in respect to the fallen warrior.

It was a scary situation, no doubt.

The news was good later, however, as Polak had feeling in all of his extremities and seemed to be doing better at the hospital according to Dallas coach Jim Montgomery. Unfortunately, NESN play-by-play man Jack Edwards felt the need on the broadcast to say it was “bad hockey karma” for Polak in the seconds after it happened, seemingly intimating that the hard-edged defenseman had it coming to him.

Whelp, that didn’t sit well with Polak’s agent and understandably so. Allan Walsh took to Twitter on Friday morning and labeled Edwards “a piece of [expletive]” while calling out the broadcaster for being “an absolute disgrace.”

Walsh added he had “tremendous respect” for the Bruins players that reached out to him to check on Polak after the incident. Bruins captain Zdeno Chara made certain to give Polak a quick pat and a message as he was being wheeled off the ice on a stretcher, and it was no doubt that the scary incident cast a pall over the rest of the game while nobody quite knew if the Dallas defenseman was going to be okay.

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Chris Wagner discusses 'unfortunate' Roman Polak injury from Bruins opener

Chris Wagner discusses 'unfortunate' Roman Polak injury from Bruins opener

The Dallas Stars lost several players to injury in their season-opener against the Boston Bruins, but none was scarier than the injury to Roman Polak.

Polak, a veteran of 14 NHL seasons, went hard into the boards midway through the second period of the game while chasing after a puck. Polak hit his shoulder and neck simultaneously and went down immediately. He had to be stretchered off and was down on the ice for several minutes without moving.

Bruins forward Chris Wagner was the player involved in puck race with Polak. Wagner himself slipped into the boards on the play, but he veered off to the side after losing his balance and went in feet-first while Polak went in with his head and shoulder lowered. After the game, he called Polak's injury "unfortunate" but didn't see Polak hit the boards.

"I didn’t really see him go down," said Wagner, per Kevin Paul Dupont of The Boston Globe. "I saw him, and it looked like he was going to give me a push, so I kind of went the other way and got out of it. Unfortunate . . . I didn’t see him [hit] the boards. Sad."

While Polak's injury was certainly scary, Stars head coach Jim Montgomery did provide a positive update on him during his postgame press conference.

"The good news is Roman has full use of his extremities and we feel he's pretty good at the hospital," Montgomery said, per Sean Shapiro of The Athletic. "But we don't have results yet. We're hopeful he may be a player in a couple of days."

Regardless of when Polak returns, it's just a good thing to hear that he has full use of his extremities. Hopefully, he'll be fully healthy soon.

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