BUFFALO -- Just got back to the hotel, my fingers have defrosted from the cold winters night.
Will have more of an update on Richard Zednik's condition in the morning; everything I know is on the post below. I'm sure Richard and his family appreciate the outpouring of support coming from his online fans. I know he doesn't know many of you personally, but I would venture he'll be touched so many people care.
Like I said in the previous post, feel free to leave your thoughts and best wishes in the comments section (go below), I'll get them to him.
Gus (pb1300 from the HF boards) says he's going to have a giant card at Wednesday's game against Richard's former team -- the Canadiens. He says he'll be outside the season ticket holder's entrance with it, inviting all to come and sign it.
We'll make sure that too, gets to Richard.
Some have asked what Richard's hockey future holds. I have no clue. That will come later. I don't think the Panthers are worried about that, although there are some who probably do. JM for one. He has to make some kind of a move for his week unless Rostislav is ready to go -- which he probably isn't. Richard should be able to heal up and do what he has to do. It's too early to speculate when he'll be coming back. Let the man get better. An injury like this can be harmful mentally as much as physically.
Also, I would think fans need to be worried about captain Olli Jokinen. He was emotionally drained tonight, even throwing some F-bombs at television reporters who asked a sensitive -- in light of this current event -- question. It wasn't that bad a question. It was just the heat of the moment, and was asked by someone Olli didn't know.
Olli and Richard are friends, and this is something Olli isn't going to forget anytime soon. This was in no way his fault, but his name has to be attached to it, so some people will assess blame. Some people always do.
-- The Buffalo fans showed a lot of class tonight, obviously many still remember the Clint Malarchuk incident from 1989 at the old Aud. Clint also lost a lot of blood after getting hit in the neck with a skate, and people here still talk about that. To have that much blood on Buffalo ice brought back some bad memories. The Buffalo fans were obviously in shock, and gave the teams a standing ovation when they came onto the ice. An even bigger ovation came when they announced that Richard was in stable condition.
Sure, some of them were Bills fans. But they were still classy. Just kidding.
-- Also, solid job by the Buffalo team doctors and by the quick actions of Florida trainer Dave 'Z' Zenobi. Dave was quick to apply pressure to Zednik's neck with a towel and get Richard into the locker room. The paramedics at the arena were also quick to the scene.