NHL notes: Toews admits he was still hurting in playoffs
|Jonathan Toews (right) and others exit the stage after meeting with the media during NHL lockout talks in October. (STAN BEHAL/QMI Agency)
So Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews wasn't completely healthy -- or honest -- during the playoffs last season.
Toews, who said he "felt 100%" when he returned to the Blackhawks after missing two months with a concussion, admitted this week that wasn't entirely the case, even though he passed NHL-imposed protocols required to play.
"Even if you don't feel something and you think you're symptom-free, there's probably still something there that's kind of hindering you and affecting the way your brain works," Toews told the Chicago Tribune. "It was just a lot of eye-movement things. My eyes didn't track very well. They didn't look from one target to the next very well. My balance with my eyes closed and my head turned a certain way was terrible."
In fact, Toews told the Tribune he wasn't completely healthy until last week, when he spent five days seeing an Atlanta-area chiropractic neurology specialist.
"That got me back to square one and I feel great," he said. "When I walked out of there I was definitely really tired because you're doing a lot of exercises that wear on you, but it's definitely a good thing."
Toews missed the last two months of the regular season but was cleared to play just before the Blackhawks started their first-round playoff series with the Phoenix Coyotes.
Montreal Canadiens forward Blake Geoffrion has been released from a Montreal hospital less than a week after he had surgery for a skull fracture.
Geoffrion, who is playing for the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL, was hurt Nov. 9 at the Bell Centre when he was hit hard by Syracuse Crunch defenceman J.P. Cote and landed head first on his skate. He was taken to hospital and soon after had surgery to repair a depressed skull fracture.
"You almost have to think it's a miracle," his father, Danny Geoffrion, told the Montreal Gazette. "(Blake) just can't believe that this has happened. And that's what is so tough mentally. He's just asking himself the 'why' question."
Although Geoffrion appears to be on the mend, it's unclear if he will play for Hamilton again this season.
FORMER NHLER SUED
Ex-Detroit Red Wings forward Kevin Miller is being sued for a hit that ended another player's career, according to MLive.com.
Miller is being sued by Swiss insurance company Allianz Suisse Versicherungs-Gesellschaft after a court in that country awarded a $1 million judgement against him. The company is asking a federal judge to recognize that award and have Miller pay the full sum, which has now grown to $1.6 million.
The incident that started all the court proceedings happened when Miller was playing for HC Davos of the Swiss league.
During a game in 2000 against the Zurich Lions, Miller hit Andrew McKim, who hit his head on the ice. McKim played 38 NHL games with Boston and Detroit but spent most of his career in the minors or in Europe.
"When the injured party was 'checked' from behind, the doctor contended that - as when a person is run over by a car - the injured party initially suffered a whiplash-type blow to the head from behind, and then a massive strike to the front side of the face on the ice," the MLive report said, quoting a translated Swiss judgment.
KOMAROV EYING KHL
With Leo Kovarov's NHL dream on hold due to the lockout, the 25-year-old Finn might head back to the KHL rather than play out the season with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.
Signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs during the off-season, the 2006 sixth-round pick is considering a return to the Moscow Dynamo of the KHL. Komarov played three seasons with Dynamo before coming to Canada.
Komarov will continue to play for the Marlies until both sides come to a mutual agreement. He has five goals and two assists in 11 games this season.
Washington Capitals forward Jason Chimera has signed with Chomutov of the Czech Extraliga, according to his agent, Alan Walsh. Chimera, who had 20 goals and 19 assists for the Caps last season, has played 663 career NHL games ... Detroit Red Wings prospect Marek Tvrdon, a forward with the Vancouver Giants of the WHL, is out for the season due to an undisclosed injury. The Vancouver Sun reported that Tvrdon has a blood clot in his arm ...