Monday, April 10, 2006

Tomas Vokoun to miss rest of season

Just received an email and apparently Vokoun has some sort of strange blood-related illness. A huge hit to the Predators playoff hopes, to be sure.

More once the story breaks.

UPDATE Here we go. Well, the battle begins to face the Vokoun-less Predators, now the weakest playoff-bound team in the West.

UPDATE The trusty wire story is up on TSN, and it fills in the details.
The 29-year-old Vokoun has not played since April 1, when he had 35 saves in a 2-1 victory over St. Louis. The Predators had been listing Vokoun as day-to-day with a sore back, but general manager David Poile said Monday that Vokoun has pelvic thrombophlebitis.
You know, there have been a number of instances this season where the full nature of players' injuries haven't been disclosed (Ed Jovanovski, Dom Hasek, etc.) by their teams, a practice that has been left to the postseason in the past. I had heard somewhere that the Professional Hockey Writers' Association had asked the league about changing this (I'll have to dig up the link), but it'd be nice to know at the time the player is injured exactly how long he'll be gone for.

If Vokoun's true health status was withheld earlier, I can't think of a good reason for it.


At 12:45 p.m., April 10, 2006, Anonymous Habs Blog said...

C'mon. Don't have such a bleak outlook.

Chris Mason and/or "Pekka Rinne" have playoff goalie written all over them.

I guess the Preds now join 7/8 Eastern team goaltenders with little to no playoff experience at all.

Should be fun to watch.

At 2:28 p.m., April 10, 2006, Anonymous Lyle Richardson said...

Don't kid yourself, this is serious. Vokoun was one of the main reasons the Preds had such a good season and they were counting on him to carry them through the playoffs. This seriously hampers their hopes.

Here's hoping for a full recovery.

At 2:59 p.m., April 10, 2006, Blogger mudcrutch79 said...

The Preds WITH Vokoun are about the tenth or eleventh best team in the conference in my opinion. Without Vokoun? Jesus.

At 3:58 p.m., April 10, 2006, Anonymous Earl Sleek said...

Nashville looks to be an interesting story indeed. The best thing Chris Mason has going for him is that nobody knows what kind of goalie he's going to be, not even himself.

Many people don't even know what kind of regular-season goalie he's been, and whether it even matters.

Will he be a stud or a dud? We will wait and see.

At 4:12 p.m., April 10, 2006, Anonymous Eric McErlain said...

Can you spell HIPAA?

At 7:28 p.m., April 10, 2006, Anonymous Cat said...

Blow to the team (he has been excellent for them this year), but more importantly I'm thankful they caught it in time to treat it. Any time I hear someone is hospitalized immediately after a test, I worry. Glad to hear that he is expected to make a full recovery.

At 7:50 p.m., April 10, 2006, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Good point, Cat. It's funny how often we're ready to jump in and talk about the Predators' dashed playoff hopes, but neglect to mention the severity of the condition for the player.

It does sound like there could have been scary consequenses for Vokoun — team doctor Richard Garman said at the press conference that even bruising from pucks or physical contact could have been fatal with the type of clotting that was occurring. Scary stuff.

At 8:58 p.m., April 10, 2006, Blogger mudcrutch79 said...

I was reading about this today. Apparently the risk is due to a clot breaking lose and causing a brain/lung embolism. Scary stuff.

At 7:49 a.m., April 11, 2006, Blogger alyosha mcbain said...

I feel bad for Vokoun; he's a young guy and this ailment is bad news. But did Pred fans really think he was going to be great in the playoffs after his horrendous performance in the Olympics? Good crunch time goalies should NEVER be outplayed by Milan Hnilicka.

To be fair, though, he might have already been suffering from pelvic thrombophlebitis.


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