the Island of Misfit Toys Injury Island. At this point it would be easier to list NHL players who are not hurt, but we don’t want to jinx anyone. There are still two-thirds of the season left to play.
Sidney Crosby is out again with concussion-like symptoms. He passed the ImPACT test but says he doesn’t feel 100%. In this case, we appreciate the caution and honesty. And the hilarious idea that he could be less than perfect. He’ll be keeping also concussed Kris Letang company in the press box.
Zdeno Chara sprained his knee Saturday in an injury that apparently looked worse than it was. Coach Julien says he’s day-to-day, though doubtful for tonight vs. Los Angeles. [link]
Mike Green is seeing a specialist for his injured groin. I could make so many jokes if I weren’t crying. Nicky used all the tissues and I’m wiping tears on my sleeve now. Mike is skating and his spirits are high (a Twitter-verified fact), but he has played in only 8 games this season. The Washington Express had a big, sad story on him today [link, page 9].
Claude Giroux, possibly the only ginger human I don’t like, is out indefinitely with a concussion. He was injured by friendly fire on Saturday when Wayne Simmonds’ knee caught his head as Simmonds attempted to jump over Giroux’s fallen body. [link]
The Islanders activated Evgeni Nabakov from injured reserve yesterday; apparently his groin injury is healed. Good thing because Rick DiPietro (go BU) is out with the same problem. [link - and why did the Sacramento Bee pick up this story?]
Intern Jeff Skinner owes a few dollars to the Liar Jar, we think. It was reported Friday that Jeff had “flu-like symptoms,” while everyone thought he might be concussed from a hit he took vs. EDM on Wednesday. Coach Muller says they’re wrong, but Skinns is questionable for tonight vs. Toronto. [link]
Don't try to distract us! We are really worried!
Sabres Mike Weber, Paul Gaustad and Patrick Kaleta are returning to the lineup, which still leaves them with approximately 212 injured players. [link]
Foxy Friday Mike Richards gave his first interview since sustaining a head injury (unofficial concussion) on December 1. [link] Even after the hit he can’t stop talking trash and getting in people’s faces.
Brian Gionta (BC sucks) has missed one game with a lower body injury, and is expected to miss tonight. The Habs currently have 8 (hundred) players out of the lineup. [link]
The Cancuks will get Dan Hamhuis and Cody Hodgson back tonight, leaving them with 10 other injured players.
Last but not least...
Calgary’s Alex Tanguay had the flu. He’s better. That’s my lobster!