Archive for category NHL Injuries

Hits and Injuries: Iginla, Heatley, Kessel, Smith, Duchene, Downie, Jones and Abdelkader

  • CapGeek: “Jarome Iginla has already earned $3.7M of his $4.2M performance bonuses. Because he just hit 30 goals, he can now earn an additional $250K if the #Bruins win three playoff rounds and another $250K if they win the Stanley Cup. That also means the #Bruins will be faced with a significantly reduced upper limit next season due to bonus overages.
  • Mike Kelly: Wild’s Dany Heatley was scratched yesterday for the first time in his career.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Phil Kessel had x-rays on his foot after the game last night.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Mike Smith could start staking soon and is out for at least another week. He worked out yesterday and will continue his off-ice work. Coach Dave Tippett is hopeful that he’ll be able to return before the end of the season.
  • Jim Matheson: Oilers Ryan Jones will be out for the rest of the season with a ligament tear in his knee.
  • Jim Matheson: Oilers Viktor Fasth (neck sprain) and Nail Yakupov (broken ankle) skated yesterday.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Justin Abdelkader (leg laceration) said there is a chance he plays today.

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NHL Injuries: Peverley, Luongo, Bieksa, Goc, Smid, Pitlick and Bernier

  • Dallas Stars: Rich Peverley: “I went on the ice yesterday. My goal would be to come back.”
  • Steve Gorten: Panthers Roberto Luongo is day-to-day. They have recalled Scott Clemmensen.
  • Dan Murphy: Canucks Kevin Bieksa suffered a leg injury last night. Frank Corrado has been recalled.
  • Dave Molinari: Penguins Marcel Goc will be for three weeks with a foot/ankle injury.
  • Randy Sportak: Flames Ladislav Smid left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Edmonton Oilers: Oilers Tyler Pitlick left last night’s game with a leg injury.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Jonathan Bernier on his groin: “It’s good enough.”

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NHL Injuries: Luongo, Leino, Mitchell, Gilbert, Ryan and the Capitals

  • George Richards: Panthers Roberto Luongo didn’t come back after the first period after getting hit by Radek Dvorak.
  • John Vogl: Sabres Ville Leino left last night’s game with light-headedness according to coach Ted Nolan.
  • Mike Chambers: Avs John Mitchell is not ready to go just yet. Skated yesterday and looks healthy.
  • George Richards: Panthers Tom Gilbert will be out for the rest of the season after having sports hernia surgery.
  • Senators.NHL: Bobby Ryan underwent sports hernia surgery yesterday in Montreal. He’ll be out for the remainder of the season.

    “Bobby has been dealing with the discomfort of this injury since it was sustained in November,” said Senators general manager Bryan Murray. “Both Bobby and our medical staff were hopeful that we could hold off from having surgery until the completion of the season, but he aggravated the condition last Saturday in Dallas to the point that surgery is now the only option.”

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Capitals Nicklas Backstrom left Tuesday’s game with a shoulder issue, but after yesterday’s practice said that he’ll “absolutely” play tomorrow. Mikhail Grabovski, who has been out for 21 of 22 games with a left ankle injury, said he ready to return tomorrow. It will be up the Caps medical and coaches to determine if he plays. Defenseman Jack Hillen should be in the lineup. Brooks Laich is hopeful he’ll be able to return to the lineup before the end of the season after having groin surgery on March 17th.

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NHL Injuries: Rangers, Red Wings, Flyers, Predators, Wild and the Coyotes

  • Katie Strang: Rangers Chris Kreider suffered his hand injury during the Blue Jackets game. He played two games after that with minimal pain. Pat Leonard: Coach Alain Vigneault said they are still determining what the next step is, if he’ll need surgery or not.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers John Moore skated yesterday for the first time since suffering his concussion last Friday from a  Blake Comeau hit. Moore said he’s feels that he is improving every day. There is no timetable yet.
  • Bill Roose: Red Wings Justin Abdelkader hopes to return to the lineup no later than next Wednesday.
  • Helene St. James: There is no set time for Pavel Datsyuk’s return, but Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said that it ”looks like he can play.”
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg said that he plans on returning for the playoffs. He is doing some off-ice workouts, but there is no timetable on when he will start skating.
  • Dave Isaac: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren on the possibility of Steve Downie having concussion: “He’s got a lot of things going on. That might be one, but we haven’t diagnosed it as such.”
  • Nick Cole: Predators Seth Jones, Paul Gaustad and Patrick Eaves are out tonight.
  • Minnesota Wild: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said that Niklas Backstrom had successful core muscle surgery on Tuesday and is out the rest of the year. Jason Zucker had surgery on Tuesday to repair a tendon in his left quadriceps and is out for the rest of the year.
  • Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona: It was reported on Tuesday that Coyotes Mike Smith has a leg strain and would be out two weeks. GM Don Maloney and coach Dave Tippett said that details and a timeline won’t be known until their doctors see Smith.

    “Until doctor (Gary) Waslewski and our medical staff get their hands on Mike, we won’t have a clear idea,” Maloney said Wednesday. “The encouraging thing is he is feeling much better today than he was yesterday. It’s all trending positively.”

    Lauri Korpikoski could return tonight.

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Injury Notes: Penguins, Coyotes, Oilers, Rangers, Capitals, Panthers, Flyers, Canadiens and Red Wings

  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Mike Smith is day-to-day. Mark Visentin has been called up. John Shannon: Smith had an MRI in Pittsburgh yesterday and will see a doctor in Phoenix on Friday.
  • Jim Matheson: Oilers Nail Yakupov has a broken ankle. He hurt it weeks ago and has missed three games. He could be skating on Friday.
  • Bob McKenzie: Rangers Chris Kreider is expected to be out at least a month with a hand injury, possibly a broken bone.
  • Capitals PR: Capitals Nicklas Backstrom suffered an upper-body injury last night.
  • George Richards: Panthers Erik Gudbranson will likely be back on Thursday.
  • Sarah Baicker: Flyers Steve Downie is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Coach Craig Berube doesn’t know when he’ll be ready to get back in the lineup.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Canadiens Dale Weise (wrist) met with a specialist yesterday. Chris Stevenson: Weise will be out two to three weeks. Travis Moen is out at least a week with a concussion. Brandon Prust is also out.
  • Bill Roose: Red Wings Tomas Jurco (rib) hopes to return as early as Thursday.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Wings announced on March 5th that Pavel Datsyuk will be shut down for three weeks with a knee injury.

    “We’ll be at three weeks (Wednesday),” general manager Ken Holland said. “I’ll talk to the trainers and doctors to see what’s next, but right now he’s still going through the time he needs to give it a chance to heal.”

    GM Ken Holland on Stephen Weiss.

    “I think what’s going to happen is he’ll get a cortisone injection, hoping it relieves things,” Holland said. “We don’t know if it’s an inflammation or if it’s a different issue or if it’s scar tissue.

    “He feels OK going 65, 70, 75 percent, but when he pushes all-out he feels pain and when he gets pain you back off. He’s been told to push through. He’s pushed through. We’re going to give him another 72 hours and keep our fingers crossed that there’s some progress.”

    Henrik Zetterberg will definitely be out for the rest of the regular season.

    “At around eight weeks he’ll be cleared for physical contact (approximately April 11),” Holland said. “Before the end of the season he’ll be back skating, but I just don’t know when.”

    Daniel Cleary has knee issues but has been skating the past couple weeks.

    “He got some fluid on his knee, had it drained then he got some more fluid on his knee,” Holland said. “He feels better, but nowhere near where he needs it to be to talk about practicing every day and making a comeback.”

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Injury Notes: Coyotes, Wings, Canucks, Bruins, Leafs, Sens, Wild, Sharks, Habs, Rangers and Caps

  • John Shannon: Coyotes Mike Smith traveled with the team to Pittsburgh for further evaluation. Have heard, “does not look good.” (was wearing a knee brace)
  • Pavel Datsyuk: “Dear All, I started skating. Hoping to play soon. Thanks for your support!”
  • Renaud Lavoie: Canucks Henrik Sedin will be out two weeks with a lower-body injury.
  • Rob Pizzo: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said on the radio that “there’s a chance” that Dennis Seidenberg could be back in the playoffs and that he’s “ahead of schedule.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I don’t have any inside information, but it’s obvious that Bernier’s injury is worse than what was originally suggested” David Alter: Bernier said he felt good yesterday but is wanting to make sure he’s fully ready. He had a minor setback on Friday.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs Paul Ranger is a possibility for tonight.
  • Don Brennan: Senators Bobby Ryan won’t play tonight due to an undisclosed injury.
  • Chad Graff: Wild defenseman Clayton Stoner could be done for the season.
  • Wayne Scanlan: Senators Chris Phillips left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Wes Gilbertson: Sharks Logan Couture only played one shift in the second and not on bench in the third.
  • John Lu: Canadiens Lars Eller missed last night’s game with a lower-body injury.
  • Katie Strang: Rangers John Moore is feeling better and did some light aerobic activity yesterday. They will continue to follow concussion protocol.
  • Mike Vogl: Capitals Mikhail Grabovski practiced with teammates yesterday. He last played on February 27th.

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Injury Notes: Sedin, Bernier, Brown, Jones, Koivu, Visnovsky, Ryan and Downie

  • Elliott Pap: Canucks Henrik Sedin left last night’s game after hurting his leg in the second.
  • Jonas Siegel: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said he doesn’t know if Jonathan Bernier will be ready on Tuesday.
  • Lisa Dillman: Helene Elliott reporting that Dustin Brown traveled with the team and is in Philly.
  • Josh Cooper: Seth Jones dad, Popeye Jones, said during a Fox interview that Seth has a ”concussion-like syndrome.”
  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Mikko Koivu won’t talk about it, but it looks like his ankle is bothering him, not skating well.
  • Wayne Scanlan: Senators Bobby Ryan is “doubtful” for tonight.

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Injury News and Notes: Pens, Leafs, Flyers, Rangers, Stars, Jets, Habs, Kings and Panthers

  • Pittsburgh Penguins: Coach Dan Bylsma: ”Vokoun not at the point where he’s ready to play. Possibly working to that as (season) winds down. Mere possibility”
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Jonathan Bernier is still dealing with a groin injury.
  • Katie Strang: Rangers John Moore is out with concussion symptoms.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars Erik Cole missed yesterday’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Winnipeg Jets: Jets Zach Bogosian left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Dave Stubbs: Canadiens Lars Eller left last night’s game.
  • Jon Rosen: Kings Dustin Brown left last night’s game with an upper-body injury. Dennis Bernstein: Kings coach Darryl Sutter expects Brown to travel with the team to Philly.
  • Tim Panaccio: The Flyers sign Michael Raffl to a two-year, $2.2 million contract extension.

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Injury Notes: Letang, Kane, Bolland, Stuart, Eberle, Seidenberg, Mitchell, Moore and Ranger Speaks

  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins Kris Letang: ”[Stroke] happened in my bathroom, so it could happen anywhere. I don’t feel [at risk] skating with the guys.”
  • Mark Lazerus: The Blackhawks expect Patrick Kane to be ready for the start of the playoffs.
  • Alec Brownscombe: Maple Leafs Dave Bolland could return tonight against the Canadiens.
  • Kevin Kurz: Sharks Brad Stuart is close to returning, could play tonight.
  • Ryan Dittrick: Oilers Jordan Eberle isn’t sure if he’ll be able to go today.
  • Joe Haggerty: Bruins coach Claude Julien didn’t rule out the possibility of Dennis Seidenberg returning for the playoffs.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs Patrick Roy said John Mitchell is day-to-day “but it could be two days or it could be 10 days”
  • Shawn McKenzie: Senators Craig Anderson will travel with the team but won’t play in Dallas.
  • Katie Strang: Rangers defenseman John Moore last last night’s game after a hit from Blake Comeau in the first.
  • Paul Ranger speaks about escaping injury

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Morning Injuries and Notes: Blackhawks, Ducks, Oilers, Wings, Wild, Flames, Flyers and Predators

  • Scott Powers: The Blackhawks put Patrick Kane on the LTIR and recall Teuvo Teravainen and Jeremy Morin.
  • Dan Wood: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said they hope to have Cam Fowler back before the end of the regular season.
  • Dan Wood: Boudreau added that Nick Bonino (lower-body) should return sooner than later.
  • Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Nick Kypreos tweeted that Oilers Jordan Eberle would be having an MRI on his knee, head coach Dallas Eakins denied it.

    The tweet was wrong, there was no MRI, and we don’t feel there’s a need for one now. I’m not saying never, but the misinformation in the Twitter world is always quite amazing. He tweaked his knee, there’s no MRI scheduled, and we’re hopeful that he won’t be out very long.

    The Oilers recalled Tyler Pitlick and Steve MacIntyre.

  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Jonathan Ericsson had surgery on his finger and is out four to six weeks.
  • Michael Russo: Sounding like Wild’s Keith Ballard tweaked his groin.
  • Wes Gilbertson: Flames Markus Granlund should be able to return to the lineup before the end of the season.
  • Bill Meltzer: The Flyers have signed draft pick Robert Hagg, who will be in Philly on Monday.
  • Bill Roose: The Predators recall Calle Jarnkrok.

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Injury Notes: Stars, Hawks, Ducks, Oilers, Wings, Jets, Canucks, Avs, Leafs and Predators

  • Dallas Stars: Stars GM Jim Nill on Rich Peverley:

    “Rich Peverley underwent successful surgery to correct an abnormal heart rhythm at the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday, March 18. He is currently in normal sinus rhythm. He was released from the Cleveland Clinic today and is expected to return to Dallas tomorrow. He will be monitored closely and may require further treatment. There is no decision being made at this time on his ability to return to hockey participation.”

  • Tracey Myers: Blackhawks Patrick Kane will be out three weeks with a lower-body injury.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Cam Fowler will be out three to five weeks with a sprained left knee.
  • Nick Kypreos: Oilers Jordan Eberle will have a MRI on a suspected knee injury. He’s doubtful for tonight.
  • Mike Halford: Red Wings Jonathan Ericsson breaks his finger and will be out two weeks.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Joakim Andersson (broken foot) and Daniel Cleary (knee) skated yesterday.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets Dustin Byfuglien missed last night’s game with a lower-body injury. They expect him to play on Saturday.
  • Ben Kuzma: Canucks Chris Tanev has a broken finger and is out three to four weeks.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs John Mitchell missed last night’s game and is day-to-day with a sore back.
  • Stephen Whyno: Maple Leafs Jonathan Bernier will “more than likely” skate in full equipment tomorrow.
  • Josh Cooper: Predators Paul Gaustad left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets Zach Bogosian should be able to return on Saturday.

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Injury Notes: Saad, Carter, Joensuu, Fowler, Huberdeau, Zucker, Mitchell, Ericsson and Stuart

  • Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks Brandon Saad could possibly play tonight. Michal Rozsival will be out a few games with a lower-body injury.
  • Edmonton OilersJesse Joensuu is out four weeks with a high ankle sprain.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Cam Fowler had an MRI yesterday. Was wearing a knee brace.
  • George Richards: Panthers Jonathan Huberdeau is doubtful for the rest of their trip with an upper-body injury.
  • Chad Grad: Wild’s Jason Zucker will miss the rest of the season with an knee injury.
  • L.A. Lariviere: Avs John Mitchell went to the hospital to get x-rays on his back after crashing hard into the boards during the second period.
  • Ted Kulfan: Red Wings Jonathan Ericsson left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Kevin Kurz: Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart is getting close to returning to the lineup.

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