News of the Colorado Avalanche - Links from around the NHL - March 12th, 2013

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

A preview of the Colorado Avalanche - Edmonton Oilers match up.

Duchene has seven points in his last three games after scoring his second goal of Sunday's 3-2 victory over San Jose just before time expired in overtime. He got his first power-play goal of the season earlier in the contest.

The center leads Colorado (10-10-4) with 26 points - one more than Parenteau, who has 10 points during a career-best six-game streak.

The Avalanche are enjoying their longest home win streak since an eight-game run last season.

"Everything is within reach now," coach Joe Sacco told the Avalanche's official website. "I like the fact that our team is coming to form."

Saturday night saw 106 players sit out due to injuries.

In terms of this season’s salary, those 106 players represented $268.23-million (all currency U.S.). That is a number the NHL owners and general managers should understand but there has been no outcry for a serious study or measures to prevent injuries.

Granted, in the last few years the NHL has taken steps to better treat concussions and tweaked its rules and how they are called in an effort to reduce head injuries. But the problem goes beyond concussions alone, although they remain a major issue.

Injuries will always be part of hockey. The game is fast and physical, so they are a fact of life. But an old problem – the lack of respect for opponents and a lack of plain old common sense – is making things worse since the league made several rule changes eight years ago to speed up the game and make it more exciting for fans.

A new study claims that mouthguards and helmets do not offer much protection against concussions.

“An important consideration in the use of protective equipment is the concept of risk compensation . . . where the use of (this) equipment results in behavioural change, such as the adoption of more dangerous playing techniques, which can result in a paradoxical increase in injury rates,” the report reads.

“You can’t just assume that adding more protection is getting the desired effect of decreased injury,” she said. “It’s not as black and white as we might think it is.”

Dr. Karen Johnston, a neurosurgeon at the University of Toronto and one of the authors of the report, said helmets play a major role in protecting players from skull fractures and brain bleeds — but players far too often assume that the helmet does more.

Don Cherry pipped in on the fight between Dziurzynski and Frazer.

Cherry and host Ron MacLean opted not to show the replay on Saturday night.

“You don’t do that if you’re a super-heavyweight,” Cherry said. “The code is, when you’re good like that, you’re a super-heavyweight, you don’t get a kid like that …”

Cherry addressed Dziurzynski directly, making reference to the late Bob Probert, who was once one of the fiercest fighters in the game. (Probert was 45 when he died of heart failure, three years ago. Post-mortem testing revealed he suffered from a degenerative brain condition that has been found in a number of retired football players.)

“And Davey, all I’ve got to say to you, Probert, when he first started, I saw him get knocked out cold by Todd Ewen,” Cherry said on Saturday. “They had to lift him up and carry him. Don’t you quit. You gotta get right back on again.”

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