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11-23-2003, 07:39 AM
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Connelly not set to return



Concussed Connolly unlikely to play this season
By TIM GRAHAM
News Sports Reporter
11/23/2003

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Buffalo's Curtis Brown loses the puck and his balance as he's tripped by Tampa Bay's Dmitry Afanasenkov.

TAMPA, Fla. - The likelihood of Tim Connolly making a contribution to the Buffalo Sabres this season appears virtually nil.
Sabres coach Lindy Ruff revealed Saturday that Connolly - out since the preseason with post-concussion problems - is still weeks away from being cleared to exercise, much less practice, much less play.

Connolly visited concussion specialist Dr. Karen Johnston in Montreal and the report was troubling. Instead of evaluating Connolly daily, the Sabres will send updates to Johnston every week.

"Tim's status, after being evaluated, is just week-to-week," Ruff said. "He's going to be monitored from one week to the next where eventually they'll start him with light exercise. But right now he's not allowed to do anything.

"There's no use even putting a date on it. We're looking at quite a ways away."

Connolly's concussion could turn out worse than the one right wing Maxim Afinogenov suffered before the start of last year's training camp. Afinogenov returned Jan. 24 and played apprehensively the rest of the way.

Afinogenov's biggest concern in returning, however, was a persistent headache. Connolly also is dealing with faulty motor skills.

Once Connolly is cleared to exercise he will start from scratch in terms of conditioning. Any strength he developed or playmaking skills he honed during training camp have totally atrophied.

"We're looking at six, seven weeks where he hasn't had any type of weightlifting or exercise," Ruff said. "It's going to be a tough season to recover from. Over two months have been lost already.

"I don't see a workout in sight yet."

Connolly last exercised Oct. 20, lightly riding a stationary bike while the Sabres were in Vancouver during their franchiselong, six-game Western trip.

Taking Connolly on the trip proved to be a mistake because he experienced headaches on at least two of the flights. He was sent home one day after biking and has been prohibited from any activity since.

Connolly suffered his concussion on a devastating check from Chicago Blackhawks forward Scott Nichol during an Oct. 2 exhibition game in Rochester.


Tampa Bay Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk, second on the NHL's all-time goal-scoring and points lists among left wings, recently returned to his position after playing the first 13 games on the right side.

The former Sabre made the switch to accommodate the Lightning's glut of left wings, but he got off to a slow start offensively and felt awkward defensively.

Andreychuk entered Saturday night's game against the Sabres in St. Pete Times Forum with one goal and one assist in 15 games.


Sabres center Chris Taylor faced his older brother, Lightning center Tim Taylor, on Saturday. They once played together on the same line for the Boston Bruins. Their wives are sisters.

But the Taylors won't provide the only brotherly showdown on the Sabres' two-game jaunt through the Sunshine State. Goalie Martin Biron will play against his younger brother, Florida Panthers defenseman Mathieu Biron, on Monday.


The Sabres have relaunched their Web site, www.sabres.com and it looks impressive. The site features a classier look with bolder photo presentation and less clutter than its previous incarnation. Surfers can open video and audio clips, check the latest stats or read the team's latest news relases.



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damnit, i would have liked to see him prove the sabres fans wrong. he CAN perform.

poor old connelly. oh well there's always hope.

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As much as I don't like him as a hockey player, I have to feel sorry for the guy. From what the article has to say, it sound quite bad. Faulty motor skills? I don't know much about concussions, but that sounds terrible.

All the best luck to him. Hopefully he can be on the ice again next season.

I didn't see or hear about the hit that originally hurt him. Was it a clean hit by Nichol?

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As much as I don't like him as a hockey player, I have to feel sorry for the guy. From what the article has to say, it sound quite bad. Faulty motor skills? I don't know much about concussions, but that sounds terrible.

All the best luck to him. Hopefully he can be on the ice again next season.

I didn't see or hear about the hit that originally hurt him. Was it a clean hit by Nichol?
from all i heard, perfectly legal bone shattering hit. his got a 2 game suspension afterwards. jeez poor guy. what did they mean by faulty motor skills? driving?

im hoping missing this season could be a fresh start next season when he returns.

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Motor skills are things like picking up objects, opening a door, or on a smaller scale hand/eye coordination and things like that. It's a shame that Connolly has "faulty motor skills," despite his faults on the ice, he doesn't deserve what he is going through.

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Motor skills are things like picking up objects, opening a door, or on a smaller scale hand/eye coordination and things like that. It's a shame that Connolly has "faulty motor skills," despite his faults on the ice, he doesn't deserve what he is going through.
oh thanks. shame.

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