Michael Russo's NHL short takes
- December 28, 2013 - 9:45 PM
Not even a fruit basket
San Jose GM Doug Wilson was disappointed Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown offered no remorse for his extended knee that left rookie phenom Tomas Hertl with a serious right knee injury.
“When I was a rookie, I was tripped into a net in Hartford by the great Gordie Howe, and injured and carried off the ice,” Wilson told Sharks reporters. “He came in between periods all the way around the rink to make sure I was OK. So, my response to the lack of, maybe, concern towards our player is disappointing.”
By contrast, in 2008, former Wild defenseman Kurtis Foster was blown away by the Sharks’ support after he broke his left femur. The team sent goodies and magazines to the hospital and a laptop so he could watch Wild games. Wilson’s secretary shuttled Foster’s then-fiancée to and from the hospital and to lunch daily.
“Doug worded it, ‘I would expect this from another team if this happened to one of my players,’ ” Foster said at the time.
Things going poorly for Gaby
Four shifts after returning from a sprained knee, Marian Gaborik sustained a broken collarbone for Columbus on Dec. 21. Not only does this leave his Olympic participation in doubt for Slovakia, this will make it awfully tough for the Blue Jackets to get anything for him at the March 5 trade deadline.
This sounds like history repeating itself for the former Wild winger, who signed with the Rangers as a free agent in 2009 after the Wild couldn’t sign him the previous summer and then couldn’t trade him because of hip surgery.
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