This afternoon I had the chance to trek into the BMO Harris Bradley Center and visit the Milwaukee Admirals ahead of their game tomorrow night against the Rockford IceHogs. I spoke with head coach Dean Evason as well as Patrick Cehlin, Magnus Hellberg, and Marek Mazanec.
Before getting right into the audio let’s dissect some of what I found out today from talking with Evason and Cehlin.
Cehlin’s injury that hindered his start to the 2014-15 hockey season is something that involves two things. (1) a hip injury that has been nagging him for the last few seasons and (2) a blood clot that formed in his leg.
The last three seasons Cehlin had three loose bone pieces in his hip. It wasn’t until last season that it impacted him enough to get it further evaluated. Doctors removed two of the bone fragments and put in three screws. Then, as he was flying back home to Sweden, he developed a blood clot in his leg due to the flight.
The blood clot delayed his summer rehab and took six months of attention before his clearance to play games. He will be in the Admirals lineup tomorrow night and will be on a line with Mark Van Guilder and Brendan Leipsic. He should also take part in the power-play as well.
Do you think that last Saturday night’s game in Charlotte is still nuts? Guess what. It gets nuttier. The game ended in a 5-4 final and take a look at the box score right here. Where all the line brawl activity starts up there is a missing stat that may well change by the time this post is being read by yourself.
The footage of Rasmus Rissanen‘s knee-on-knee hit on Rich Clune was sent to the AHL for review by the Milwaukee Admirals and the AHL responded by assessing Rissanen a 5 minute major for kneeing and a game misconduct. That’s all well and good… except for the fact that it wasn’t given on the ice and, instead of the Admirals having a 5 minute major power-play in the tank, they were on the penalty kill for Hellberg’s crossing the red line minor.
That kneeing call initiated everything that happened on the ice. If an arm is raised once the knee-on-knee hit takes place… perhaps it doesn’t stop the scramble that follows… but it certainly would take the full “policing the game” duties off the players minds. No call on the ice for a hit like that and players started protecting themselves and their teammates.
Considering the AHL doesn’t really review matters such as this until after the weekend, and it now being Wednesday, I think it is safe to say Rissanen has dodged a suspension just like the Charlotte Checkers dodged a 5 minute penalty kill.
~Recent Additions to the Cincinnati Cyclones~
Yesterday’s news of Jonathan Diaby being assigned and Joe Pendenza being loaned to the Cincinnati Cyclones did appear to get a few of you Twitter folks wondering what was up with this roster move. Was it a matter of performance, playing time, or another factor?
Truth be told, it’s just a matter of keeping them as active as they both can be. Evason talked both just needing to play as well as mentioning that there is no time table set for them. He did say that he doesn’t anticipate it being a long stint with Cincinnati but that both could use the rhythm of playing on a consistent basis rather than sitting out in Milwaukee.
That’s it for things in Scoop City. Now let’s hear from the Admirals I spoke with today and hear them tell the stories mentioned above.
Dean Evason on this past weekend’s results in Charlotte:
Evason reflects on Saturday’s scrap and the AHL reviewing Rissanen:
Evason on yesterday’s roster moves with Diaby and Pendenza:
Evason talks about the return of Cehlin to the Admirals lineup:
Evason on power-play success in Charlotte:
Evason’s expectations for tomorrow night’s game against Rockford:
Patrick Cehlin discusses his off-season health problems:
Cehlin’s blood clot discussion, continued:
Cehlin on if he’s feeling as healthy as he ever has in an Admiral uniform:
Cehlin disappointed to not contribute to the Admirals early success:
Cehlin talks about the Swedish stable forming in Milwaukee:
Magnus Hellberg discusses his fight in Charlotte:
Hellberg on the numbers game playing into his decision to fight John Muse:
Hellberg on his comments made last season about goalie fighting:
Hellberg talks about the return of Cehlin to the Admirals:
Marek Mazanec’s reaction from the bench when Hellberg got into a fight:
Mazanec on the rest of Saturday’s crazy game:
Comments from the comments? What do you think of the AHL giving penalty minutes to Rasmus Rissanen after the fact and not a suspension? Does Patrick Cehlin’s blood clot concern you about his current playing status and long term playing future?