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Russo's NHL short takes

  • April 6, 2013 - 11:57 PM

Icing controversy contiues

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen is done for the season after being removed on a stretcher Tuesday with an ankle injury sustained during a race for an icing.

Immediately after, I received an unsolicited text from former Wild defenseman Kurtis Foster, who broke his femur in 2008 when coincidentally current Wild winger Torrey Mitchell tried to negate an icing in San Jose.

“Now a star like Pitkanen hurt on icing, when is it enough?? No need for it anymore!!!!!!!” Foster texted. “I couldn’t watch it. So brutal.”

Again, it is time for the NHL to go to hybrid icing. The league supports it. It’s Foster’s own union that is holding it up.

Luongo seems stuck

A disappointed Roberto Luongo remains in Vancouver after the Canucks failed yet again to trade the 33-year-old goalie. He had nine years left on a 12-year, $64 million deal and he knows that’s why he’s been untradeable

“If I could scrap it I would,” said Luongo, who watched Cory Schneider start most nights. “I don’t think disappointment’s the right word. It’s been an emotional ride the last year.”

All fun in Philly

Best April Fool’s prank came when Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux (@28CGiroux) tweeted to teammate Scott Hartnell (@Hartsy19): good luck in St Louis. You’re a great teammate and friend. Just make sure you keep your head up next year.”

Hartnell replied, “Thanks PHL. I love you all!!!!”

Of course, he was not traded.

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