|Redmond was cut around the knee but his coach says he should be fine. (Getty Images)|
UPDATE: The Jets announced that Redmond underwent surgery on Thursday afternoon to repair a lacerated a laceration to his right femoral artery and vein.
An awfully scary scene played out in Winnipeg on Thursday. As the Jets were going through their morning skate. Jets rookie defenseman Zach Redmond was take away from the arena in an ambulance after what appears to be a freak accident in a 1-on-1 drill.
It's best to just let Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free-Press take it over from here:
Players like Antti Miettinen and Anthony Peluso who were on scene are coming off ice with lots of blood on their socks and jerseys #bn— Ed Tait (@WFPEdTait) February 21, 2013
The good news is that, according to coach Claude Noel, Redmond should be fine. Noel said that a player stepped on Noel's leg near the knee and that it resulted in a "fairly wide cut." Despite Redmond losing a lot of blood, Noel said he was coherent and should be fine.
It sounds a bit similar to the situation with Erik Karlsson that sidelined the reigning Norris Trophy winner for what looks like the rest of the season after Matt Cooke's skate severed Karlsson's Achilles tendon. But Kevlar socks -- which Redmond reportedly wears -- wouldn't have helped; the cut was too high.
This again makes me marvel at how things like this don't happen more often. Players are essentially skating around with knives on their feet, and they fall down a lot. Accidents are bound to happen.
Redmond has only played in eight NHL games, all this season. The 24-year-old has one goal and three assists and has been averating 19:35 of ice time, starting to take a key role on the Jets' blue line.