Nhl Teams Cancel Public Appearances Amid Mumps Concern

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Blackhawks send Morin to Blue Jackets for Erixon – Hometownstations.com-WLIO- Lima, OH News Weather Sports

Teams are trying to be proactive in stopping the spread of mumps, using similar tactics they use when dealing with the flu every winter. Teams are offering mumps shots, and many are testing players to see if their antibody count is high. “Influenza is more complicated because the genetics can change from year to year,” Wallace said. “Certainly there are a lot more influenza cases every year than there are mumps cases. The genetics of the mumps is relatively stable. The vaccine effectiveness doesn’t change from year to year.” The vaccine for mumps is about 88% effective. “Part of the (concern) is to some degree because of the success of the vaccine,” Wallace said. “Because of the success you don’t hear about mumps so much. When you do hear about it, people say why is that happening? Particularly if you have something high profile like with a professional sports team. We’ve certainly had bigger outbreaks in other settings.” It seems clear that teams are trying to be overly cautious as the outbreak continues to spread: the Anaheim Ducks, Minnesota Wild, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins have all had reported cases. The Columbus Blue Jackets said they thoroughly cleansed their visiting dressing room after the Penguins left town after a 4-3 win Saturday night. source: http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nhl/nhl-teams-cancel-public-appearances-amid-mumps-concern/ar-BBgTlfM?srcref=rss

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The 23-year-old Morin has eight goals and eight assists in 54 career regular-season games, all with Chicago. He also played in two postseason games in May. Erixon, 23, had one goal and five assists in 19 games with Columbus this season. He scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 26 at Los Angeles. The Blackhawks lost rookie defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk to a broken left kneecap last month. They reassigned defenseman Klas Dahlbeck to Rockford on Sunday. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. source: http://www.hometownstations.com/story/27625733/blackhawks-send-morin-to-blue-jackets-for-erixon

Duncan Keith out sick, Blackhawks coach ‘not sure’ if it’s mumps – CBSSports.com

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Brett Sutter lived in Chicago as a kid and was a big Blackhawks fan. My dads history playing here and coaching here, its exciting, said Sutter, 27, who played his 55th NHL game over parts of seven seasons. They were my childhood team growing up here, so its definitely neat. Sutter, signed last summer by Minnesota to be a depth player, has spent most his career in the minors and was recalled to replace injured Ryan Carter at fourth-line wing. Of the seven Sutter brothers, six played in the NHL, and they were all gritty. So it wasnt a shock to hear Brett describe himself as a hard-working player. Im going to win every battle I can and keep it real simple and just play a heavy game, be physical and do what I can to help the team. Its been a tough year for the Iowa Wild, but Sutter said things are on the upswing since John Torchetti took over as coach last month. Honesty and hard work, thats what he preaches, Sutter said. He tells you how it is, whether you want to hear it or not. I think thats what we kind of needed. Koivu alters move All Wild fans know by now captain Mikko Koivus signature shootout move: deke, backhand, roof. But while winning Saturdays game at Arizona, Koivu used the same move with a little a twist to beat Devan Dubnyk. Not only did Koivu come in slower, it appeared he dragged his trailing leg to give the appearance he might cut to his forehand. source: http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/286040361.html

Now there are questions if the spreading virus has hit the Chicago Blackhawks as star defenseman Duncan Keith will miss Tuesday night’s game against the Minnesota Wild with an illness. When asked if it could be the mumps, head coach Joel Quenneville said, Not sure about that. I don’t know what’s wrong. He’s sick. (via Chicago Sun-Times ) Keith is well known as one of the more fit players in the league and he has often logged major minutes for the Blackhawks over the years. A lot of players play through various illnesses and ailments, so either the Blackhawks are being extremely cautious, or Keith is feeling pretty terrible. Mumps has officially hit five NHL teams so far including the Wild, Anaheim Ducks , New Jersey Devils , New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins . The St. Louis Blues never had a confirmed case of the mumps, but they had players go down with illness as well earlier in the year. Sidney Crosby was recently felled by the disease while Penguins teammate Beau Bennett has a suspected, but unconfirmed case. Rangers center Derick Brassard was also sent home from his team’s recent road trip with a suspected case of the mumps as well. Paranoia reigns supreme as more and more players fall ill to the uncommon virus. source: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/eye-on-hockey/24895258/duncan-keith-out-sick-blackhawks-coach-not-sure-if-its-mumps

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Morin, 23, had been on a conditioning assignment with the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL. He had one goal in three games for the IceHogs. He had not played for the Blackhawks since Nov. 20 and had been a healthy scratch in eight consecutive games. He had zero points in 15 games for the Blackhawks this season. Morin, who was once considered one of the Blackhawks’ top offensive prospects, was expected to play a larger role this season, but never won over Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville. Morin averaged 7:44 of ice time this season. He signed a two-year contract extension with the Blackhawks in June. Erixon, 23, has one goal, five assists and is a minus-3 in 19 games for the Blue Jackets this season. He has averaged 16:58 of ice time. He has one goal, 12 assists and is a plus-1 in 70 career NHL games. source: http://espn.go.com/chicago/nhl/story/_/id/12027016/chicago-blackhawks-trade-jeremy-morin-columbus-blue-jackets-tim-erixon

Chicago Blackhawks trade Jeremy Morin to Columbus Blue Jackets for Tim Erixon – ESPN Chicago

The Sharks looked dead in the water not long ago, but they’re showing signs of being able to challenge the Blackhawks. by SI Staff Posted: Tue Dec. 16, 2014 Updated: Wed Dec. 17, 2014 Welcome to the latest installment of our 201415 NHL Power Rankings. After four weeks of various teams jockeying at the top, we have a repeat No. 1 as the Blackhawks edged the Ducks in our polling.Ourthree scribesAllan Muir, Sarah Kwak and Sam Pagesubmitted their choices for the league’s Top 10. The rankings for the all 30 teams have beenweighted according to ancient Babylonianaccounting principles as well as how high each club came in on our writers’ ballots. In some cases a purely intuitive, wholly unscientific and no doubt deplorable methodwas used to break ties, rank teams that were chosen by only one or two writers, and antagonize the general public. We’ve presented the 30 teams in groups, with the Top 10 receiving the most trenchant commentary. Overview paragraphs precede the Middle 10 and Bottom 10. source: http://www.si.com/nhl/2014/12/16/power-rankings-blackhawks-hold-top-spot-as-sharks-maple-leafs-rise?xid=si_topstories


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