So far there is no real time line on Jason Bast’s return. The Warriors captain attended practice Monday and the swelling around his mouth has gone down considerably, but is still pretty apparent.
He’s not eating solid foods yet, though his jaw won’t need to be wired shut. Warriors head coach Dave Hunchak said they will have to wait until the swelling goes down to have an idea of when he can start skating again.
Bast broke a bone in face near his nose when a stick struck him above the lip in practice.
The injury required surgery and the post-surgery swelling was so severe that Bast walked into the Civic Centre on game day and walked 3/4s of the way around the rink to the Warriors dressing room and no one recognized him.
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Theoren Fleury will be stopping in Moose Jaw as part of his book tour for his autobiography Playing With Fire.
Fleury will be appearing at the Heritage Inn on Saturday, Dec. 5 from noon to 4 p.m. Fleury is scheduled to be interviewed and then will sign copies of the book.
Playing With Fire can be purchased at the Warriors office in the coming days.
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Bast will likely be wearing a full face shield for the foreseeable future if not for the rest of the season once he returns.
So far that’s working out well for Antonin Honejsek. The Czech rookie lost his front teeth when a deflected puck hit him in the mouth Nov. 7 against Prince George. Honejsek didn’t appear to be wearing a mouth guard at the time.
Honejsek left that game and didn’t return, but didn’t miss a game with the Warriors and has played with a full face shield since returning. Honejsek had five goals and eight points in those five games. He had a goal and six assists in his first 18 games.
It could be a case of Honejsek settling in and feeling more comfortable with the style of play in the league. But it could also be that he feels more comfortable with the full face shield he would have played with in his entire career up until this point. Either way he’s been more effective since putting the full visor on.
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While Thomas Frazee played Saturday after being ill Friday, he still isn’t 100 per cent and didn’t practice Monday.
Jeff Bosch and Brendan Rowinski are also sick and missed practice, while Ryan Stanton left practice with a hip pointer. Spencer Edwards wasn’t on the ice Monday after getting his wisdom teeth pulled.
Nathan MacMaster remains shelved with a concussion.
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The injuries have given a chance to other players to assume a larger role. Corey Scott had his best game of the season Saturday against Brandon playing with Frazee and Quinton Howden.
You also have to give all of the credit in the world to Riley Reinbolt for answering the bell and fighting Saskatoon’s Randy McNaught. McNaught has been in 11 fights this season to the lead the league and not only did Reinbolt show some courage to even engage him, he held his own.
Friday, Clinton Atkinson once again provided some spark as a fill-in forward and Saturday Connor Cox got some time on the second unit of the power play.
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The Kamloops Blazers have been busy.
Monday they named Guy Charron as their head coach. The Blazers have fired Barry Smith and his assistant Scott Ferguson had been doing the job on an interim basis.
Charron briefly coached Calgary and Anaheim in the NHL and also coached Canada to gold at the World Juniors in 1990.
Sunday the Blazers acquired 20-year-old goaltender Kurtis Mucha from Portland for a draft pick. You have to feel for Mucha who faced a ton of rubber in three dismal seasons starting in Portland and now that the Hawks are winning they cut him loose.
The acquisition of Mucha meant that the Blazers had to release 20-year-old goalie Justin Leclerc who was phenomenal in a 2-1 loss in the Civic Centre. Leclerc made 35 saves and single-handedly kept the Blazers in the game.
The Blazers also sent former Warrior Giffen Nyren to the Calgary Hitmen for a sixth round Bantam pick in 2010. Nyren, 20, is a Calgary native. Nyren has 11 points in 25 games and was a minus-15 with the Blazers.
The Blazers then immediately filled Nyren’s vacant 20-year-old spot by acquiring defenceman Ryan Funk from Vancouver for 18-year-old forward Brett Lyon.