Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, everyone, but today the Snakes lost Dave for 3-4 weeks. Ugh. :(
Do you remember when he threw his body in front of a shot in the third period? He came up limping but remained in the game. Well, there's a hairline fracture that will need several weeks to heal.
Dave must be really bummed because the D is improving every game. I really liked Dave and Tom paired together. They're both solid, steady, stay-at-home defensemen. Few mistakes from those two guys. It's funny...I like 5 and 7 with the top line, but they're a good fit with the rookies too. Calm everything down when it gets crazy out there. Ugh. So sorry, Dave.
This just happened this morning, so Jerome doesn't have a definite plan, but he told me he'll probably not go with just 5 d-men. He'll probably move somebody back. Pete is a good candidate. Another possibility is Joe the new guy. I asked him how in the world he could move Jordan, when he's certainly found his scoring touch!! Don't think that'll happen.
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Worse news involving another SPHL team...Knoxville d-man Mark Van Vliet is probably done for the season. He underwent surgery for a broken jaw after he was allegedly sucker-punched by Augusta's Aaron McGill. :(
I haven't seen the clip but Knoxville coach Mike Craigen described it as a sucker punch. It's getting a little disturbing to me how many players McGill has singlehandedly taken out. Starting with Steve Weidlich, he's hurt at least three Mississippi players that I've heard about. I don't agree with bringing in a goon to "teach him a lesson" like the Surge did. That's the league's job.
What is commissioner Jim Combs going to do about headhunting? I know, I know...this is hockey, a very physical sport. The Snakes know too well about injuries...Brody, Sammy, Daryl, now Dave. Part of the game, definitely.
But continuing to pound a man's jaw after he's down is uncalled for. I asked Jerome about it today and he said he hadn't seen the clip, but if it was a sucker punch, he'd be in favor of suspending McGill for the rest of the season. Somehow I think Steffon Walby and Mike Craigen would second that motion.
The question is...will the commish do it? Will he look at McGill's body of work for the whole season and send a message with a stiff punishment?