Tag:Mark Fistric
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:21 pm
 

Predators' Weber (concussion) cleared to return

By Brian Stubits

Good news not only for the Nashville Predators but for the NHL, Shea Weber was cleared to play on Thursday. He's been out since Dec. 23 suffering from a concussion.

The Preds captain is likely to be in the lineup on Thursday night when Nashville hosts the Dallas Stars. It's an interesting game for Weber to return in for it was a hit from the Stars' Mark Fistric that left Weber concussed. How it didn't receive supplemental discipline is beyond me (the league said there was not enough visual evidence).

Obviously his presence is a big lift for the Predators. He might just be the favorite to win the Norris Trophy this year as the league's top defenseman. He's one of Nashville's biggest offensive producers despite the fact that he plays on the blue line. In short, he's really good and what team doesn't like to get its really good players back?

Then again, it's not like the Predators have struggled much since Weber's been gone. They are 3-1 in the four games that Weber hasn't played, including wins in three consecutive games.

It's just nice to write about guys returning from concussions these days after writing so often about players sustaining concussions.

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:54 pm
Edited on: December 27, 2011 2:01 pm
 

Now Predators' Shea Weber out with concussion

By Brian Stubits

It really is becoming unbelievable the amount of concussions we're seeing the NHL these days. What's more, it seems they keep striking the best players in the league.

Now you can put arguably the NHL's top defenseman, Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators, on that list. The Predators made the announcement on Tuesday that Weber, who missed Nashville's game on Monday night vs. the Red Wings, is out with a concussion and there is no timetable for his return.

The folks at Kukla's Korner found the play where it appears Weber would have suffered the concussion, either on the hit itself or on the ensuing hit with the ice. Take a look.

Weber takes a brutal shot on the play and to me it sure looks like it's an elbow from Mark Fistric right to Weber's head. The announcers describe it as Fistric "falling into Weber" but I don't see that, particularly on the last replay. The hit somehow went under the radar -- surprising since it's a star like Weber -- and Fistric wasn't handed any supplemental discipline from the league.

A request was sent to the NHL from CBSSports.com seeking an explanation as to why Fistric's hit didn't warrant a hearing. So far, there has been no response from the league.

Remember, Fistric was already suspended three games earlier this season for charging.

But back to the issue at hand. The Predators -- and hockey fans -- are going to be out the team's best player for who knows how long. It could be a short time, it could be long. Coach Barry Trotz makes it sound like it won't be long.

"He's recovering pretty well, I would say," Trotz said. "There's a chance [Weber could play] Friday."

The good news at least is that as far as we know, Weber hasn't had any concussions in the past.

There is never a good time for injuries like this, and this one comes at about as bad a time as it can for the Preds. They have ben struggling to stop teams of late, an odd occurrence under Trotz. In the last four games, opponents have scored 19 goals on them for an average of 4.75 per game.

Not to mention he has a big source of offense for a team that doesn't have a whole lot of it. So far this season, Weber leads the team in points with 29 and his eight goals are just two behind David Legwand for the team lead. That's an awful lot of slack to pick up.

The announcement comes on the same day that two other teams saw players go down with concussions. Simon Gagne of the Kings and John-Michael Liles of the Maple Leafs will be sidelined for the same reason.

There is no doubt in my mind this concussion issue -- not an "epidemic" according to the league -- will be discussed heavily this offseason and in CBA talks.

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Posted on: December 3, 2011 10:00 pm
Edited on: December 14, 2011 2:45 pm
 

Niederreiter injured after hit from Fistric



By: Adam Gretz


New York Islanders forward Nino Niederreiter had to leave Saturday's game against the Dallas Stars early in the first period with what the team is calling "concussion-like symptoms" after he was hit by defenseman Mark Fistric along the boards.

It's sure to fire up another debate as to whether or not Brendan Shanahan will (or should) get involved, as it seems to be a hit to the head (that Niederreiter is suffering from concussion-like symptoms makes it pretty easy to reach that conclussion) and it appears that Fistric left his feet.

He was not penalized for the hit, but did receive a two-minute minor for roughing in the brief skirmish that followed. Islanders forward Matt Martin received a double-minor for roughing, meaning the Stars actually came out of the situation with a power play.

Niederreiter, the Islanders first-round pick in 2010, has been a healthy scratch for much of the season and Saturday night was just his sixth game of the year. He scored one goal over the previous five games.

During Saturday's game he skated just one shift and logged just 11 seconds of ice-time before exiting the game following the hit from Fistric.

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Posted on: November 19, 2011 11:18 am
Edited on: November 19, 2011 11:30 am
 

Watch: Fistric get sent through Penalty box door

By: Adam Gretz

The Colorado Avalanche played what was perhaps their best and most complete home game of the season Friday night, knocking off the suddenly struggling Dallas Stars by a 3-0 margin.

Early in the second period, Avalanche forward T.J. Galiardi delivered what had to be the hit of the night along the boards to Stars defenseman Mark Fistric, sending him flying through the penalty box door on a play that could have ended up a lot worse than it was given the way Fistric fell into the opening.



It was a rough week for Fistric, as he was not only on the receiving end of this booming hit, but he was also struck in the throat by a puck during a game in Pittsburgh last Friday. Depending on your outlook that's either a run of bad luck, or a run of good luck that neither situation was as bad as it could have been.

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