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GlassBusters: Panthers Back on Old Ice ... Thomas Vanek Back for Sabres ... More Bad News for Van Ryn

Icewagon The Panthers were back on their old ice sheet Tuesday at Incredible Ice after someone shattered a pane of glass on the new rink.

I asked around, no one will snitch on whose shot did it.

Well, Nathan Horton had a theory.

''It was Pete,'' Horton said of the Panthers coach. ''He has a new stick. He loves that stick. All he does is shoot pucks now. He even put tape on it.''

According to trainer Dave Zenobi, once the glass was broken, longtime staffer Ferdinand Brickleff found a silver lining in the broken glass as he usually does about everything.

''In Jamaica,'' Brickleff apparently said, ''breaking the glass means breaking the bad.'' And he promptly predicted a long winning streak for the Panthers because of it.

-- Not a whole lot of news out of today as you can probably tell.

-- A little bit of news out of Buffalo practice at The Billboard. According to Big John Vogl's blog at The Buffalo News, Thomas Vanek got hit in the face with a puck and was pretty ticked about it. Great response from Vanek -- who is expected to play. I request that you check out Johnnie's blog. You won't be disappointed. Have I ever steered you wrong?

-- Here's my story today on Radek Dvorak, who was so happy I did a profile on him that he bought lunch for the team today. He did not, however, buy me lunch. So I guess he didn't like the piece.

-- Tomorrow's story is on goaltender protection and the like. Got some good stuff on the subject from DeBo, Scott Clemmensen, Robb Tallas and Horton.

-- Talked to some of the guys today about old pal Mike Van Ryn and how he's had not just another setback but a serious one. The former Florida d-man and all-around good dude will miss at least this season after he undergoes knee surgery so serious some are calling it potentially career ending.

How major is this surgery? Here's what WebMD says about it:

Vanryn Osteotomy ("bone cutting") is a procedure in which a surgeon removes a wedge of bone near a damaged joint. This shifts weight from an area where there is damaged cartilage to an area where there is more or healthier cartilage. In osteoarthritis, cartilage breakdown in the knee often is much greater in the inner part of the knee joint, often resulting in a bowlegged appearance.

In knee osteotomy for osteoarthritis of the inner knee, your surgeon removes bone from the outer side of the large lower leg bone (tibia) near the knee. This tilts your body weight toward the outer, healthier part of the knee cartilage and away from the inner, damaged cartilage. Weight is spread more evenly across the joint cartilage. After removing the bone wedge, your surgeon will bring together the remaining bones and secure them, most often with either pins or staples. An osteotomy for osteoarthritis of the outer knee is just the opposite-your surgeon will remove bone from the inner side of the lower leg to shift the weight toward the inner knee.

Osteotomy may be effective for hip and knee joints. Doctors often do an osteotomy to correct certain knee deformities such as bowleg (varus) and knock-knee (valgus) deformities of the knees. Hip osteotomy involves removing bone from the upper thighbone (femur). Osteotomy may allow an active person to postpone a total joint replacement for a few years and is usually reserved for younger people.

What To Expect After Surgery

Recovery depends on the surgical technique as well as the strength and motivation of the person having surgery. A cast or splint may limit movement of the joint for 4 to 8 weeks.

You will start physical therapy immediately, even if you are in a cast or splint. When the cast is removed, you can put your full weight on the joint 10 to 12 weeks after the surgery. It may take up to a year for the knee to fully adjust to its corrected position.

Why It Is Done

Doctors use osteotomy if destruction of the knee cartilage mainly affects a single disc of cartilage: the disc (meniscus) either on the inner part or on the outer part of the knee joint.

Osteotomy is an appropriate treatment for younger, active people with osteoarthritis who are able to delay a total joint replacement.

How Well It Works

Osteotomy is most often done in younger people. It can help relieve pain and delay the need for joint replacement. 1

Here's a link to the full story in The Toronto Star. Here's what The Toronto Sun had to say.

We wish Mike a full and speedy recovery....