Thursday, October 19, 2006

Do, Do, Do...Another One Rides the Bus!

The injury bus, that is.

Carolina defensemen Glen Wesley and Bret Hedican and forwards Trevor Letowski, Andrew Ladd and Keith Aucoin did not practice Wednesday due to injuries.

Groovy...just freakin' groovy. *sighs*

Note how among those bus riders are Glen Wesley and Bret Hedican...two people many were expecting to retire 'cause of not only having finally won Lord Stanley, but also their bodies being quite banged up no thanks to over ten-fifteen years of playing the defenseman position.

Admittedly AND as some of my more frequent readers can recall, I was one of the advocates of Wes and/or Heddy retiring. BUT, at the same time, I realize that if those two did not stick around, the Canes' defense would be (seemingly, considering how well the Canes have played lately) more depleted. A sticky situatation, if there is such a thing...

Speaking of fun with defensemen, I found the following epithet's presence in the above linked Raleigh News and Observer article interesting...

Forward Cory Stillman, who underwent shoulder surgery this offseason and is not expected to be available before late November, returned to the ice briefly after Wednesday's practice to test a new pair of skates. Defenseman Niclas Wallin jokingly introduced himself to Stillman when he saw Stillman suiting up to take the ice after the team practiced.

At the risk of being *just a little overly critical* and/or just a plain old butthead of a Caniac, was that sentence in bold *really* necessary to put in an N&O article? As much as I enjoy such "cute" snippets (AND miss attending practices), I expect to read such stuff more at message boards' practice reports, fan websites, blogs, and/or heck, even booster club newsletters...NOT official/more widely read sources like the News and Observer.

Just sayin'...

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