Thursday, April 30, 2009

FI News: Zednik and Odjick(!)

Well Thursday brought a pair of interesting Former Islander stories including 3 terms you thought you would never read in the same article: Vatican City, sorrow and Gino Odjick. Let us take a look:

It has been reported that Florida Panthers' winger Richard Zednik has signed a 2 year deal with Yaroslavl Lokomotiv of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League on the same day he was nominated for the Bill Masterson Trophy for the most perseverence of any NHL player in 2008-09. The 12 year veteran just wrapped up his comeback season in which he netted 17 goals and added 16 assists for 33 points on 70 games. Midway through the 2007-08 campaign Zed nearly lost his life after taking a skate blade to his neck in a game against the Buffalo Sabres. Zed's return, and 70 games, was a literally triumph for a player whose life was on the brink. If Zednik really leaves for Russia he ends his NHL career with 745 games played, 200 goals scored and 179 assists for 379 points. In his mini-stint with the Isles at the end of the 2006-07 season Zed scored 1 goal and 2 assists in 10 games and managed 0 points in 5 playoff games. We wish Richard the best in Russian.

If you want those 3 terms from the header to make sense read this story about Algonquin chief and former NHL tough guy Gino Odjick joining his fellow tribal leaders on a trip to the Vatican City where those Canadian Indians received a semi-apology from the Pope about the poor living conditions and awful treatment in the now defunct residential schools. Odjick, a 605 game veteran, retired following 2001-02 season after spending most of his career with the Vancouver Canucks. Odjick played parts of 3 seasons with the Isles racking up 82 games, 9 goals, 13 assists, 22 points and 254 penalty minutes.

Check back soon for more with FIW as the 2nd Round of the playoffs kicks off on Thursday night.

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