One of the biggest questions that's emerged from Dallas Stars training camp, other than what did Mike RIbeiro and Alex Goligoski eat before the Thursday's game and can they have it every day the rest of the season, is whatever happened to Scott Glennie?
The Stars 2009 first-round draft pick has been conspicuously absent from practices and games with what was termed a "tweak," but more details of the injury were not easy to come by.
Well around lunchtime on Friday, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News informed the masses that Glennie has been suffering from concussion-like symptoms after getting hit in the head in an scrimmage, likely the one the Stars had in Prince Edward Island. General manager Joe Niewuendyk had this to say.
``He got hit in the head and we're treating that right now,'' Nieuwendyk said. ``We want to make sure he's good, and we're taking our time and being cautious, but I think everyone believes he'll be fine and recover from this pretty quickly.''
Glennie will be assigned to the Texas Stars when he is cleared, and Nieuwendyk said he has high hopes for the player who was drafted eighth overall in 2009.
It's never good news to hear a player is still having symptoms a few weeks after a concussion, but at least we now know why we haven't seen him at all in Frisco, let alone on the ice.
After the jump, more injury updates for the Stars walking wounded, some questions answered about why the Stars are in court in Delaware and Jamie Benn's favorite whipping boy is back in the fold.
- Glennie isn't the only Stars player to have been held out of practice this preseason, but the news is much better on the rest of them. Loui Eriksson suffered a thigh bruise in Thursday's victory over the Florida Panthers but practiced on Friday and seems to be suffering no ill effects. Captain Brenden Morrow (knee) also joined the practice while Adam Burish and Jamie Benn (groin) are expected to be ready for the regular-season opener against Chicago. [DallasNews.com]
- Speaking of that win over the Panthers, here is the usual quick and dirty recap from ESPN Dallas. Of note are the comments about Kari Lehtonen's play in the first period. Although this turned into a blowout, it could have been a much different story if not for some early saves. [ESPN Dallas]
- And here's two views from the Florida media contingent on the game, which includes their coach using the phrase "A pretty good tail kicking," in the Miami Herald. [Miami Herald/Litter Box Cats]
- When the Stars finally filed for bankruptcy a few weeks ago, some of you may have been asking, "Why Delaware?" This article lays out the advantages of filing in that state for professional sports teams, including the Stars and the Los Angeles Dodgers. [Bloomberg]
- For those of you who want to get your blood pressure up a little bit, here's more tiresome rambling from the Canadian media about how markets like Hamilton and Quebec City are better markets than Dallas and the NYC metro area. Don't they remember just a decade or two ago when a whole other set of teams like the Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators and Edmonton Oilers were struggling, not to mention those teams that actually moved? I guess that's just too much to ask. [CanadianBusiness.com]
- And now to make you feel better, Razor gives us the final two installments of that great ESPN commercial series featuring the 1999 team. First up is Crazy Eddie Belfour enjoying an amusement park ride, and finally, Nieuwendyk finds a unique culinary use for the Stanley Cup. [Razor With An Edge/Razor With An Edge]
- With several of the baby Stars still up with the big club, the roster down in Austin is populated with several tryout players. But given the likely progression of events, there's very little chance there's room for those tryout players to make the full-time roster. [100 Degree Hockey]
- The Shanahammer came down again today, this time to Brendan Smith of the Detroit Red Wings, who was hit with three preseason games and five regular-season games off for his hit to the head of Chicago's Ben Smith. Brendan Smith doesn't agree with the length, but he says he'll try to learn from it anyway. [Detroit Red Wings]
- The Red Wings are making off-the-ice news too as their owner says NHL commisioner Gary Bettman promised the team would move to the Eastern Conference in the next realignment, much to the consternation of the actually-further-east Columbus Blue Jackets. [Puck Daddy]
- Drew Doughty got the money he wanted and the Los Angeles Kings got the term. The two parties agreed to a deal late Thursday that will pay Doughty an average of $7 million per season over the next eight years. According to Helene Elliot's Twitter, that breaks down to $6M, $6.5M, $6.7M, $7.0M, $7.1M, $7.45M, $7.6M and finally $7.65M without a no-trade clause. Somewhere, Jamie Benn is smiling. [Los Angeles Times]