We’ve had a pretty active injury report the last few weeks and it’s only getting busier. Today I have another minor injury to add to the list, as well as some valuable updates on some other injuries.
Adam Larsson took a shot off the foot in the most recent game against the Blues and got a little banged up from it. Larsson didn’t skate in practice yesterday as the coaching staff opted to have him come in on Saturday at 100% than risk him hurting it further in practice. Hitchcock said there is a chance he could be good to go for today’s practice, but only time will tell.
We received some poor news on Oscar Klefbom this past week regarding the broken fingers in his hand. Klefbom does, in fact, require surgery to fix the fingers and will be out of the lineup for 6-8 weeks. Hopefully, technology will be so advanced by then that we’ll all be able to snap our fingers at the same time and his fingers will be fixed immediately, but chances aren’t looking good for that. This news was pretty much worst-case scenario and we’re definitely feeling the effects of this injury as we look to end our two-game losing streak tomorrow.
As I mentioned last week, it’s still unclear what exactly happened to Kris Russell to take him out of the lineup. Hitchcock did give an update on the timeline on his return yesterday but left out the details about his injury. Russell skated in yesterdays practice and was “just okay” says Hitchcock. He’ll likely skate again today but Ken doesn’t see him playing until after the New Year. We can hopefully expect him back in the lineup on January 2nd.
Ken Hitchcock says that Sekera has been as close to a “full participant” on the team as possible, but he hasn’t met the requirements to return the lineup officially yet. He’s been practicing with the team regularly now and feels no pain in his ankle which is fantastic news. Jason Gregor talked to Reggie yesterday and this is what he had to say:
He reiterated how he’d really like to play some games in the AHL once he is cleared. Just to get a feel of the game again. I love this attitude. He is also very excited about how he feels overall. His knee is 100%. It is way more flexible than it was when he returned last year. Pivoting was a major problem, as the knee brace limited his range of motion. He doesn’t need a brace now and he said he feels so much better today coming back from the Achilles injury than he did returning from his knee injury last season.
Gregor went on to say that Sekera has another appointment with the doctor today to undergo some testing to find out how strong his Achilles is. Sekera says that he’s at a point now that the injury will heal quickly, and it’s just a matter of building strength in the leg.
Previous Injury Reports
- MORE defencemen injured
- Yamamoto day-to-day, Caggilua on IR, Tobias Rieder skating
- Chris in Mexico, Sekera is at Practice
- Get well soon, Tobi