Florida Panther Richard Zednick, slashed in the neck by teammate Olli Jokinen Sunday night, is stable and expected to recover.
Zednick is expected to be out the rest of the season. Doctors said luck was the only reason Zednick didn’t die. Mike Harrington also reports doctors said the injury was worse than the skate to the neck taken by Buffalo goalie Clint Malarchuk in 1989. Not surprisingly, Malarchuk attributed his survival to luck, also.
I’m always shocked (but glad!) this kind of thing doesn’t happen more often.
There’s a vivid account from someone who was at the game over on MetaFilter.
On a slightly less intense note, I saw the headline “Senators acquire Stillman and Commodore” and for some reason my head went immediately to New York Islander Mike Sillinger, who’s been in nine trades and on 12 NHL teams in his 17 year career. The Times did a big piece on how he’s happy to be settled on Long Island as an Islander. But don’t worry. I was just confusing Sillinger and former Caniac Cory Stillman. This is why I’ll never be an NHL GM. I tend to focus on the second through fourth letters of last names and then stop.