Good Friday to all. Hope everyone is feeling good. Me? Not so much. My ongoing back problems are as bad as ever. There have been many days lately where I can barely walk, aided only by heavy pain medication that I’d like to get off of. For that to happen, I’m likely headed for a pretty major surgery. I’ve been on the heavy medication for a while now, and I’m starting to feel some of the side effects, I think and have for a few months now.
I haven’t felt quite right in all areas for a good while now, from the pills I think. They’ve made my temper get shorter, my mind race faster and just made me into generally a miserable human being at times. At times I’ve felt very depressed. It’s time to do something about it. There is very little disc left in part of my lower back, to the point where it’s just bone-on-bone pain. I’ve tried to do pilates and other stuff for it, but it just doesn’t take. I should have gotten this done last year probably, but tried to battle through it. But it’s debilitating and the last option is surgery.
So, stay tuned. My old colleague at the Denver Post, Terry Frei, is likely to join the staff here at Colorado Hockey Now, to fill some of of the gaps I may not be able to for a while physically. I’ll still be writing a ton on the team, of course. Every day probably. My phone and fingers still work. More on that next week probably. Meantime, some links:
- As noted yesterday, ESPN and TNT came out with their season schedules. Avs will be on national TV among the two a total of 13 times. That should take some of the sting out for Comcast subscribers at least (Colorado Hockey Now)
- It certainly feels like there is a brand new, energetic presence surrounding the NHL’s new U.S. TV partners. I mean, we’ll have Wayne Gretzky in the TNT studio talking hockey this season, for Pete’s sake.
- Former Avs goaltender Philipp Grubauer is among those at the NHL’s Media Tour and got to show off his bartending skills — in full gear, no less (Washington Hockey Now)
- This season could prove interesting for the Metro Division. Dan Kingerski makes his predictions and discusses possible surprises and more. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
- The Tim Hortons Heritage Classic is back. The Toronto Maple Leafs will face off against the Buffalo Sabres outdoor at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ont. on March 13. (NHL)
- Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin may not be best pals still, but they can at least sit and laugh together now (NBC)
- The Flyers are finally Chuck Fletcher’s team. (Philly Hockey Now)
- Detroit: Red Wings goalie Alex Nedeljkovich among the Vezina favorites
- Calgary: The Calgary Flames put Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan on the NHL trade block but didn’t like the returns. Calgary’s Brad Treliving explains to Sportsnet.
- A St. Louis Blues prospect was the victim of an armed robbery on the grounds of the Gateway Arch (Hockey News)