By Bruce Berlet
If you want to see the personification of tough luck, look no farther than Connecticut Whale right wing Chad Kolarik.
After persevering through nagging hamstring problems last season to earn kudos from New York Rangers coach John Tortorella for his work during four games with the parent club, returning to continue his solid play in the AHL playoffs and then getting a contract extension on June 17 and married on Aug. 5, Kolarik was primed to enjoy a run at a steady job on Broadway.
Then on Sept. 20, the fourth day of training camp, Lady (Bad) Luck reared her ugly head. As Kolarik went to make a play along the boards, he caught his right skate in a rut in the ice at the Rangers’ training facility in Greenburgh, N.Y. Kolarik went to the dressing room, and over the next few days, took several ACL tests and was evaluated by Whale athletic trainer Damien Hess, Rangers athletic trainer Jim Ramsay and Rangers physician Andy Feldman, an orthopedic surgeon. Kolarik’s exam w...