Shanahan, Malkin, Forsberg

Shanahan put on IR

Brendan Shanahan has been placed on injured reserved after being diagnosed with a concussion and being released from the hospital. Shanahan was knocked unconscious after a collision with Philadephia’s Mike Knuble during both players attempt at making a line change. Neither saw each other coming and collided shoulder to shoulder, Shanahan was sent flying back and knocked his head on the ice…he was carried off on a stretcher. Shanahan leads NYR with 28 goals and there is no timetable set for his return. Its obviously a hugeblow for the Rangers who are battling for one of the final playoff spots in the East. This puts the spotlight on Jagr, who has been less than stellar lately. Upon release from the hospital Shanahan flew to Detroit to visit his team mates. Once he realized his mistake, Shanahan flew back to New York and visited the Rangers lockeroom before their 2-1 win over the Blackhawks.

Malkin situation hits final phase

The federal courts system has finally dismissed the whining from Evgeni Malkin’s former Russian team who have been dead focused on getting Malkin back to fulfill the rest of his contract with Magnitogorsk. There won’t be an appeal on their behalf either so now Malkin can concentrate on losing the Calder Trophy race to Anze Kopitar….but probably not.

Predators trade for Forsberg

The Flyers finally traded Peter Forsberg to the Nashville Predators for Scottie Upshall, Ryan Parent and two draft picks. Since the trade tickets in Nashville are selling as if the city was actually a hockey market. The talk has also been that Forsberg would have pretty much only waived his no-trade clause for the Ducks or Predators and Nashville ended up winning the deal. Is this going to be like Joe Thornton being sent to San Jose? The Predators might like think so with the only difference being a Stanley Cup Championship but it might not work out so well. Forsberg made his Nashville debut at home and recorded 0 points in a 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday and the question of whether he’ll be able to contribute still remains. 5 years ago would ANY star player waive their no trade clause to be shipped to Nashville? Wouldn’t have happened even 3 years ago.

The NHL trade deadline is on Feb. 27th.