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Monday Morning Update

This is what I posted online, although it takes time to get things rolling in the morning. More updates as they come today of course.


BUFFALO, N.Y. – Richard Zednik of the Florida Panthers continues to recover from a gruesome neck injury suffered Sunday night in a game against the Buffalo Sabres.

Randy Sexton, the team’s assistant general manager, said he was at Buffalo General Hospital until 3:30 a.m. on Monday. When reached later Monday morning, Sexton said Zednik remains in stable condition, with all signs pointing toward recovery.

“He was stable, he seems to be responsive to everything they’ve done,’’ Sexton said. “We’re all confident he’ll be ok. All the tests are positive. So far so good.’’

Sexton added he didn’t think Zednik would be released from the hospital on Monday. The hospital is expected to hold a news conference early Monday afternoon.

Jessica Zednik, Richard’s wife, arrived in Buffalo late Sunday night on a private jet.

Richard Zednik was injured when he was struck in the neck by the skate of teammate Olli Jokinen in the third period of Sunday’s eventual 5-3 loss to the host Sabres. Zednik was rushed to the hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.

The team returned to South Florida following the game and will take Monday off. The Panthers return to practice Tuesday morning in Coral Springs in preparation for Wednesday’s game against Montreal – a team Zednik spent five seasons with from 2001-06.