Nazem Kadri takes elbow to head, plays on ensuing powerplay

Cam Charron
December 26 2012 01:16PM

After Jake Gardiner was run at by Kevin Porter back on December 8th, he stepped right back out on the ice for the powerplay and scored, before being held out of the third period of the same game. He has not played since, with the Toronto Marlies waffling between whether it was "concussion symptoms" "a concussion-like state" and simply "neck pain".

This isn't exactly an organization that seems to have a great idea with how to work with young players' injuries. Gardiner's not the first to play through a concussion (albeit briefly). James Reimer's agent all but admitted the young goalie's symptoms weren't fully cleared before he played last season.

Anyway, let's hope the Leafs do their due diligence here with Nazem Kadri. Via the video above, you can see he was run at by Zack Stortini during the Marlies boxing day game against the Hamilton Bulldogs. Stortini was deservedly given five and a game.

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Robin Brownlee
December 26 2012 07:03AM

While it's probably prudent to curb ones enthusiasm, given Team Canada's opening game at the World Junior Championship in Russia amounted to little more than a controlled scrimmage against an overmatched opponent, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins gave fans plenty to cheer about in a 9-3 waltz over Germany today.

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Merry Christmas!

Kent Wilson
December 24 2012 09:40AM



May all the Nations Network writers have a very merry Christmas today and tomorrow. Unless you're a grinch or something, then may you have a miserable humbug and successfully ruin everyone else's good time (looking at you, Bettman). 

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KHL: Great Grabo Goal, Ovechkin Beast Mode

Steve Dangle
December 24 2012 12:25AM

T'is the season to watch wicked goals and not people talk about decertification.

Enjoy! We'll be back on Boxing Day. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Leafs prospects Biggs, Sparks make USA's 24-man roster

Cam Charron
December 23 2012 11:23AM

The roster for the United States' national team at the upcoming IIHF U-20 world championships was trimmed to 24 late last night, and to nobody's surprise, Toronto Maple Leafs' prospects Tyler Biggs and Garret Sparks both made the cut.

The US had some trouble in the pre-tournament games, as did Canada, dropping a 5-1 game to Finland for the last pre-tourney game and required overtime to defeat Sweden. The Americans still have one more cut to make, and they must do it before the tournament starts Wednesday, but it's likely Biggs and Sparks both make the team. Biggs was used often in the pre-tournament games, while Sparks should be the third goalie on a squad that's allowed to take three. We'll see if he gets any action.

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