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THE INJURE GAMES: Barkov, Kopecky Hurt in Sochi

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The Panthers only had two players in the Olympics but that was probably two too many.

Both Aleksander Barkov and Tomas Kopecky were hurt over the weekend.

A report out of Finland states that Barkov -- who was the second overall pick of the 2013 draft -- will miss the next four to six weeks.

Barkov left a game in Buffalo last month with a knee injury and then missed the following four games. Barkov returned, I'm thinking to tune up for Finland's run to the Gold, and played in four games with the Panthers. He had no points in those games.

Kopecky, playing for Slovakia, took a shot to the head while playing down near the net. I do not know what his status is moving forward.

If you want to read the report on Barkov -- it's in Finnish so see if Olli Jokinen can translate it for you -- it's right here: http://yle.fi/urheilu/barkovin_vamma_heratti_epailykset__hatailtiinko_nhln_paassa/7091446



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The curse of the monk promotion strikes again

It started with the panthers having a monk strike a gong after every goal a few weeks later Trevor Kidd is injured by Peter Worrell in a skills competition during a practice and since then the panthers have not won a playoff series and appear to have bad luck in every aspect

What exactly is the Finnish word for "Screwed"?

I realize that these types of things can(and do) happen, but that doesn't make it any easier to swallow.

The last thing you want is nagging injuries that never fully heal properly, and it's even worse regarding knee and groin injuries in Hockey.

Would they sign to the cap? County better wait and see to that before signing loans.

Retired performers Simon, Cher, Billy Joel and marginal players nobody wants ahl type ...that's the magic formula!

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