When Ralph Strangis joined BaD Radio on Tuesday afternoon to discuss Rich Peverley's cardiac incident at Monday's Columbus Blue Jackets game, the veteran broadcaster seemed to be choked up at times.
It was an extremely distressing incident for everyone in the Stars family, no one moreso than the people who interact with Peverley on a day-to-day basis like his teammates.
Understandably, the Stars player weren't made available after Monday's game, so today's remarks after morning skate are the first time we were able to hear from them about what happened.
Tyler Seguin has been Peverley's teammate for the longest time among the current group, being traded with the veteran forward from the Boston Bruins earlier this summer. He came off the ice just before Peverley and saw him collapsed on the ground.
Like many of his teammates, he immediately began trying to get the referees' attention in order to get the game stopped and emergency medical personnel across the ice.
Jamie Benn also met the media, saying the players received a text message from Peverley last night that helped calm the nerves a little bit.
Ray Whitney, who was one of the veterans who helped take charge in those panicky moments after Peverley collapsed, was also interviewed.
Whitney does make an interesting point about playing tonight helping the team start to put the incident behind them. That's a herculean task at this point and so much easier said than done - I'm sure as much as they are trying to focus on tonight, their hearts are still back in Dallas.
There is a question of too soon. But there is also likely some benefit of moving forward immediately and not getting stuck in the moment. As Whitney said, time will tell.
Finally, Vernon Fiddler talked about how hard the incident was on some of the younger players on the team.
Fiddler was a player for the Nashville Predators when Jiri Fischer collapsed in a game between the two teams.
Ruff also addressed the media again.
Ruff addresses Chiasson briefly, calling him emotionally shaken by the entire event and said it was probably better for him to take the day off. According to Strangis, Chiasson was one the players next to Peverley when he collapsed. He wasn't the only one shaken either - Strangis said the referees had tears in their eyes when they realized what happened, feeling like they might not have stopped the game quickly enough.
In related news, Jiri Fischer, who suffered a similar incident back in 2005 while with the Detroit Red Wings, has reached out to the Stars and Jim Nill to be available if Peverley wants to talk. That's a very classy gesture from a player who had his career ended far too soon.