Last spring, after four years at Princeton, 23-year-old defenseman Taylor Fedun signed a free agent contract with the Edmonton Oilers, and after an excellent prospects tournament and training camp, looked to have an outside shot at cracking the roster this season.
That was until the second period of Friday night's preseason contest between the Minnesota Wild and the Oilers. After Wild defenseman Clayton Stoner iced the puck, Fedun retreated into his own zone, chased by Wild forward Eric Nystrom, and wound up falling awkwardly into the end boards.
Initial reports are that Fedun received a broken femur, and Nystrom received a five minute boarding major and game misconduct.
Needless to say, Fedun's injury has re-raised the issue of no-touch icing in a major way. Fedun's teammates came out in favour of it immediately after the game:
Ryan Whitney, on the incident:
Taylor Hall, echoing his sentiment:
Interestingly, the Minnesota Wild were involved in one of the last major incidents t...