Angel Pagan to undergo hamstring surgery, could miss rest of regular season

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When Angel Pagan discussed the small tear in his left hamstring tendon over the weekend, he said that he would miss about six weeks if the injury required surgery. It turns out that he’ll have to miss significantly more time.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy told Andrew Baggarly of that Pagan will undergo surgery tomorrow and is expected to miss 12 weeks. In other words, he’s at risk for missing the rest of the regular season. That’s a tough blow for the defending World Series champions.

Bochy plans to roll with Gregor Blanco as his primary center fielder and leadoff man while Pagan is sidelined, though Andres Torres and Juan Perez also figure to see playing time there. There’s still about five weeks until the trade deadline, so the Giants still have time to look for potential upgrades in the outfield.


Jagr, Shaw and possibly Hjalmarsson hurt in first period


The Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins came into Game 6 with significant injuries. The ailments only piled up some more during a first period that the Bruins dominated.

Most obviously, Andrew Shaw is likely shaken up by the puck he took to the face.

Subtler bumps and bruises have taken place, possibly leaving important players on the mend.

Jaromir Jagr took a few hits (including noted ones from Brent Seabrook and Dave Bolland) and left midway through the first period. He didn’t return to the bench during the opening frame after leaving for the locker room following an abbreviated power-play shift.

Finally, Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson left late in the first and appeared to be banged-up, too.

An intermission gives all three players a chance to return either in the second period or at some point later in the contest. Of course, there’s also a chance that one or…

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Blackhawks are ‘optimistic’ Toews might suit up for Game 6


While the Boston Bruins amuse people on Twitter with their mysterious “body injury” update regarding Patrice Bergeron, Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville delights many by indicating that Jonathan Toews could play in Game 6 on Monday.

“Johnny is doing much better today. He’s progressed,” Quenneville said. “We’re optimistic that he might be playing tomorrow night.”

Still, Quenneville indicates that it might come down to checking the 25-year-old’s status in the morning (or possibly even during warm-ups).

“We’ll visit in the morning, and he seemed fine,” Quenneville said. “So nothing has changed. Nothing is different. We’ll keep an eye on him, and we’ll go from there.”

If the possibility of Toews playing in a potential Cup-clinching contest isn’t enough to make Chicago fans smile, Quenneville said he also expects banged-up winger Marian Hossa to play, noting that he’s starting to feel better.

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Leafs GM leaves goalie competition open after Bernier trade


The Toronto Maple Leafs made a big trade on Sunday, confirming long-standing rumors that they were interested in nabbing much-touted backup Jonathan Bernier from the Los Angeles Kings. But what does this mean for the team and (former?) No. 1 goalie James Reimer?

GM Dave Nonis made it pretty clear during today’s press conference that he expects a healthy competition for the starts in Toronto.

“We feel – and most teams think – that goaltending is the most important position in the game,” Nonis said. “This is clearly not a knock on James. James has done a very good job. He’s improved every year and we’re expecting that to continue next season.

“I don’t think you can be deep enough at that position. We got younger and deeper today and we feel our team is stronger because of it.”

Nonis said he wasn’t able to reach Reimer following the…

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‘Yes,’ Gary Bettman will hand out the Stanley Cup this year


Despite the fan acrimony that was caused by the lockout, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman — who wasn’t exactly the most popular figure among fans before the league’s most recent work stoppage — will once again walk out on a red carpet this June to hand out the Stanley Cup to either the Chicago Blackhawks or Boston Bruins.

“Yes,” said Bettman today in Chicago when asked whether it would be business as usual this year.

And that’s all he said in response that question.

He was, however, extremely complimentary of NHL fans for the passion and dedication they showed in returning to rinks, as well as watching on TV, during the shortened regular season and playoffs.

He’s still going to get booed, isn’t he.

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Video: Both teams’ locker room speeches


The lockout postponed the 2013 Winter Classic until 2014, which also meant that hockey fans lost out on what’s become an annual eavesdropping treat: HBO’s 24/7 series.

It’s quite possible that the special will return for the 2013-14 season, but for the time being, observers will need to settle for briefer fly-on-the-wall moments, like this inside look at Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville’s speech before Game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final:

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There was also footage of Boston Bruins bench boss Claude Julien briefing his guys, as you can see:

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Neither one would inspire a rousing speech in a sports movie, but considering their results, it’s hard to complain.

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Penguins’ long-time goalie coach steps down


After serving for seven seasons as the Pittsburgh Penguins goaltending coach, Gilles Meloche has decided to step down and accept a new role within the organization as a special assignment scout, according to the team’s website.

Meloche, 62, played in 788 NHL games as a netminder and 2013 was his 27th campaign with Pittsburgh.

“Gilles believes it’s the right time in his life and his career to move back into a scouting role,” GM Ray Shero said. “He has been an invaluable member of this organization since arriving in Pittsburgh as a player in 1985 and has been on the staff for three Stanley Cup championships.

“He’s been a scout, a goaltending consultant and a full-time goaltending coach, providing great leadership for our goaltenders and prospects. He will continue to be an asset as a special assignment scout.”

He’s been Pittsburgh’s full-time goaltending coach for most of Marc-Andre Fleury’s…

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Video: Patrick Kane is the face of USA Hockey


While there are some other great players wearing the red-white-and-blue, many believe that Patrick Kane is the “face” of this generation of American hockey.

(Inevitable joke: as long as he’s not the hair and sideburns …)

Kane came up huge by scoring a hat trick to eliminate the Los Angeles Kings in the third round, which seems like business as usual for the big-game player. Still, the 24-year-old believes that he’s matured since making big plays (and generating big controversy) in earlier in his career.

The video below captures his growing excitement regarding playing for the U.S. Olympic team and his growth in general:

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Video: Blackhawks tie it with two quick goals


When Patrice Bergeron’s slapper made it 3-1 in the third period, things seemed pretty grim for the Chicago Blackhawks. Moments later, hockey fans were reminded that the Blackhawks and Boston Bruins have fought back from dire situations before.

About two minutes after Bergeron’s goal, Dave Bolland finished a nice one-timer chance and then Johnny Oduya scored 12:14 into the third period to make it 3-3.

First, here is Bolland’s tally:

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Then feast your eyes on Oduya’s marker:

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Brandon McCarthy suffers seizure related to last season’s head injury

English: Brandon McCarthy

English: Brandon McCarthy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While enjoying dinner with his wife on Monday, Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Brandon McCarthy suffered a seizure that doctors have linked back to the head injury he sustained when struck in the head by a line drive last September.



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