Training camps for teams this year were only for five or six days. There were no exhibition games. Now, players were skating before, and some where playing overseas, but everyone knew that injuries could be aplenty.
The NHL is also cramming 48 games into 90-something days, so there won’t be much rest time for players to heal. Expect plenty of injuries this season.
Every couple days, or once a week depending on the number injuries, we’ll spend some time going over injuries that have occurred in the days prior.
The Flyers announced yesterday that winger Scott Hartnell will be out four to six weeks after having surgery on his big left toe. He broke his first matatarsal in his left foot.
The Flyers also lost defenseman Andrej Meszaros for a month with a shoulder injury according to GM Paul Holmgren. Andreas Lilja, playing in the AHL, will join the Flyers this weekend in Florida. In 2009, Meszaros had surgery on his shoulder, repairing a torn labrum.
The Coyotes are dealing with multiple injuries, with the most concerning being goalie Mike Smith. Smith left the game the other night with a lower-body injury and is listed as day-to-day. During warm-ups he was experience ‘tightness,’ but that is all that has been said. He didn’t play last night. Recently acquired Matthew Lombardi is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury. Though what the injury is hasn’t been revealed, it’s believed not to be concussion related, which is great news considering his concussion history.
Maple Leafs winger, Joffrey Lupul, will be out for at least six weeks with a broken forearm. Lupul was injured on Wednesday night, taking a Dion Phaneuf shot in the arm while standing in front of the Penguins net.
Red Wings defenseman Ian White suffered a deep cut on his leg, which required surgery, that will keep him out for two to three weeks. He hopes to be able to start skating next week, and return the lineup two weeks from now.