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Tag:NHL Injuries
Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:32 pm
 

Caps' Green out 4-6 weeks after abdominal surgery

By Brian Stubits

I would love to write about Mike Green the defenseman again. But it's been a long time now since he has played for any period longer than two games in a row.

That's not going to change anytime soon.

The Washington Capitals announced on Monday that their one-time Norris Trophy-nominated defenseman is going to be out 4-6 weeks after having abdominal surgery.

For those keeping score this season, he has had an ankle injury that cost him a few weeks, returned to the lineup in time to injure his groin and sit out another few weeks. He finally came back to play two games after the groin injury before he was sidelined again. Now comes the abdominal surgery.

Go back to last season when Green missed a big chunk of the season due to a concussion and you see a trend developing here, and it's not good for Green.

Where this gets so interesting is what happens with Green in the coming weeks and months. There is no doubt that he's a very talented offensive defenseman whose game was growing in his own zone. But he will become a free agent this summer and the Capitals have obviously learned to play without him and find some other defensemen in their system.

Doing the math, the timeline at the long end brings him back just before the trade deadline. That could make for an interesting decision for general manager George McPhee. The Caps actually have a slew of defensemen who have played in Green's absence, including rookies Dmitry Orlov and more recently Tomas Kundratek.

Considering how little he has been healthy and the $5 million salary he is making this season, you wonder if the Caps can commit to keeping Green around. He has played in only 20 games (including playoffs) since early last February. That's just about an entire year and $250,000 a game.

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:13 am
Edited on: January 16, 2012 9:24 am
 

Report: Mikko Koivu could miss month

KoivuBy: Adam Gretz

The Minnesota Wild have been falling fast in the Western Conference standings, and now they could be facing a critical stretch in their season without the services of their best player, Mikko Koivu. According to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune, Koivu could miss the next month of action due to a shoulder injury that he suffered on Saturday night during Minnesota's 3-2 shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues.

Even with Koivu, the team's leading scorer with 33 points (9 goals, 24 assists in 41 games), the Wild are one of the NHL's lowest scoring clubs, entering the week with an average of just 2.22 goals per game, the second-lowest mark in the league. Only the Los Angeles Kings average fewer. Obviously, this could be a big blow to a season that could already be starting to slip away from them.

Along with being Wild's leading scorer, he's also their best defensive forward and a legitimate Selke Trophy contender, so it's not just the offense that's going to be missed in his absence.

Since starting the season 20-7-3 and owning the best record in the league in early December, the Wild have lost 13 of their past 15 games, with only one of the wins coming in regulation (a 4-3 win over Edmonton back on December 29). As of Monday morning they occupy what would be the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, holding a one-point lead over the Colorado Avalanche and a two-point lead over the Dallas Stars. After facing Philadelphia on Tuesday, the Wild have four games (two each) against the Avs and Stars over the next two weeks. That's an important stretch of games.

Koivu isn't the only injury facing the Wild right now as the team is also without forwards Guillaume Latendresse and Pierre-Marc Bouchard, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Previously at Eye On Hockey

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Pierre-Marc Bouchard out with concussion
Bouchard injured on hit
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Posted on: January 15, 2012 6:47 pm
Edited on: January 15, 2012 6:51 pm
 

Stars All-Star Benn out after appendectomy

By Brian Stubits

It started off as such a good week for Jamie Benn. The Dallas Stars forward was named an All-Star for the first time in his career, the only member of the Stars elected to go to Ottawa for the game at the end of this month.

Well now he might not make it because his week didn't end as well as it began.

Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reported on Sunday evening that the young star is going to miss 10 days to three weeks after he was sent to the hospital for an appendectomy.

If he is out on the long side of that projection, he'll miss the All-Star Game in Ottawa on Jan. 29. If that's the case, his teammate Loui Eriksson could possibly be called on to replace Benn in the game to represent the Stars.

On a more important level -- you know, where the games matter -- the Stars will be without not only Benn for a little bit but also Mike Ribeiro until after the All-Star Game. Head coach Glen Gulutzan released that information earlier on Sunday.

The Stars have five games until the All-Star break hits including back-to-back games this upcoming week against the Red Wings and Blues.

On the season Benn is the Stars' leading scorer with a total of 42 points in 43 games (13-29=42) and has taken more shots than anybody on the team. His absence won't be easy for Dallas to overcome.

"I'm excited about the challenge,'' Gulutzan said. "I've been dealt worse hands than this before and we came through just fine in those situations. Hopefully we'll be a better team in February for having gone through this.''

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: January 14, 2012 12:21 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2012 12:24 pm
 

James van Riemsdyk has a concussion

By: Adam Gretz

Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk has been the subject of some trade rumors over the past week. Now his name is the latest one added to the list of NHL players out with a concussion.

Said Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren on Saturday, "James was hit in the head in each of our last two games. He reported yesterday, not feeling like himself. He will be out indefinitely with a concussion."

Philadephia has been hit hard with concussion issues this season, as van Riemsdyk joins teammates Claude Giroux, Brayden Schenn and Chris Pronger (likely out for the season as a result of his) as players to miss time this season with one.

In 37 games this season he's scored 11 goals and recorded 11 assists.

Over the past couple of days the rumor mill has been swirling with van Riemsdyk's name being mentioned as a possibile target of the Toronto Maple Leafs in a deal that would have involved Luke Schenn. As should be expected, both teams have denied the rumors.

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Posted on: January 13, 2012 6:43 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 6:44 pm
 

Carcillo out for season with torn ACL



By: Adam Gretz

When we were last checking in with Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo, he was receiving a seven-game suspension from the NHL for his hit from behind on Edmonton Oilers defenseman Tom Gilbert (as seen above).

Gilbert hasn't returned to the Edmonton lineup since that play, and as it turns out, he wasn't the only player to suffer an injury. It was learned on Friday afternoon that Carcillo suffered a serious knee injury as a result of the hit, and will be out for the remainder of the season after having surgery to repair his ACL.

Dr. Michael Terry, the team physician for the Blackhawks, released the following statement on Friday afternoon: “Daniel Carcillo will undergo anterior cruciate ligament reconstructive surgery on his left knee on Tuesday, Jan. 17. This decision was made today after much evaluation and consideration of various options. We anticipate a full return in six months.”

Carcillo signed a one-year, $775,000 contract with the Blackhawks over the summer after spending the previous two-and-a-half years as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. In 29 games this season he scored two goals to go with nine assists in 28 games. He was also suspended twice for a total of nine games thanks to the aforementioned seven-game banishment for his hit on Gilbert, and also a two-game suspension for a similar hit from behind on Carolina's Joni Pitkanen.

Previously at Eye On Hockey


Daniel Carcillo suspended 7 games
Carcillo suspended 2 games for hit on Pitkanen
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Posted on: January 13, 2012 5:55 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 6:11 pm
 

Rick DiPietro could be done for season

By: Adam Gretz

Rick DiPietro is going to have yet another season cut short due to injury.

The Islanders goaltender will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair a sports hernia, a procedure that is likely to end his season. He appeared in just eight games for New York this year.

Dating back to the start of the 2008-09 he's appeared in just 48 games for the Islanders. Obviously, this is nothing new for DiPietro in what has been a promising career that has been absolutely dismantled by injuries.

New York made an enourmous financial commitment to DiPietro prior to the 2006-07 season, giving him a 15-year contract worth $67.5 million. Since then it's been nothing but one set back after another, and as of now still he still has nine years and over $40 million remaining on his contract.

At this point the only way the Islanders would ever be able to get out of that commitment would be if DiPietro would at some point retire, and according to Arthur Staple of Newsday, that's something that DiPietro hasn't even thought about at this point.

The Islanders made DiPietro the top pick in the 2000 draft, the same day they shipped another former first-round goalie, Roberto Luongo, off to the Florida Panthers (along with Olli Jokinen) in exchange for Oleg Kvasha and Mark Parrish, a sequence of events that, obviously, had a rather large impact on the franchise.

In 315 games DiPietro has a 130-133-36 record to go with a .903 save percentage.

Along with DiPietro, the Islanders have had a pretty incredible run of bad luck at the goalie position over the past two years. Due to injuries and an in-season trade they had to use six different goalies a year ago, and so far this season have already used five: DiPietro, Evgeni Nabokov, Al Montoya, Kevin Poulin and Anders Nilsson.

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Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:49 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 4:51 pm
 

Penguins players support Crosby by wearing 'C'



By: Adam Gretz

As was expected, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby skated by himself on Friday morning as he continues his most recent attempt to return to the lineup.

He's been out since a December 5 against Boston, and there's been little said regarding his condition, status or when he can reasonably be expected to return to game action. That silence, which has been deafening at times, has been frustrating for many, and recently there have been reports surfacing that the frustration has reached the Penguins' locker room.

On Friday morning Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review penned a column that touched on the subject, and dropped this nugget into the mix:
But let me lay this out now: The Penguins, the public and, yes, Crosby all need to learn how to handle this situation better in the future.

That begins with the locker room.

A few, certainly not all, of Crosby's teammates are of the mind that he's been symptom-free for a while, though they have no medical basis for that. Some think he should be playing. Some simply think he should be doing more to communicate, or at least be as visible as concussed defenseman Kris Letang.

Last week in Pittsburgh, according to three sources, a group of players held a 45-minute meeting to discuss a temporary captaincy. Another source disputed that any such meeting occurred.

The biggest thing there is, obviously, is the last part, and that would certainly be something if it actually happened.

So what did the Penguins do on Friday when they hit the ice in Miami for their morning skate prior to their game against the Panthers? Every player on the roster appeared on the ice wearing a "C" on their jersey (except for Evgeni Malkin, who is Russian -- he had a "K" on his), a move that Shelly Anderson of the Post-Gazette said the players made clear was to "support Crosby and have some fun."

If there is any dissension in the ranks, they're certainly doing a good job of hiding it here.

Previously at Eye On Hockey

Crosby to join Penguins on road trip
More Sidney Crosby news

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Posted on: January 12, 2012 7:04 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2012 7:08 pm
 

Umberger out indefinitely with concussion



By: Adam Gretz


Anaheim's Jean-Francois Jacques received a three-game suspension earlier this week for a hit to the head of Columbus Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger. During Brendan Shanahan's video breakdown of the play and his explanation for the suspension, he noted that Umberger's lack of an injury as a result of the hit went into his decision.

Even though it appeared at the time that Umberger was uninjured, we now know, less than a week later, that he is going to be sidelined indefinitely with a concussion that is believed to have come as a result of that play during Sunday's 7-4 loss to the Ducks.

Umberger was able to play on Tuesday night, Columbus' first game after that incident, and even scored a goal in a 5-2 loss to Chicago. As of Thursday, it's not yet known when he will suit up next for the Jackets.

“It’s a big blow,” general manager Scott Howson told Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch. “Obviously, R.J. is a big part of this team, and he’s a guy who has always played through a lot of injuries to keep himself in the lineup. But I’m glad he’s taken this step. We’re going to take it slow and handle it the right way, show every bit of patience that is required of an injury like this.”

In 42 games this season Umberger has scored seven goals and recorded 11 assists. He's not only the latest NHL player to go out with a concussion, he's also the latest in a long line of Blue Jackets players to be out of the lineup for any injury, joining a list that already includes Jeff Carter, James Wisniewski and Kristian Huselius.

Previously at Eye On Hockey

Jean-Francois Jacques Suspended
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