Remember when I said that last weeks injury report would be my last for the season? Well I lied. We received a few more updates on some injured players (Connor McDavid) over the week so I thought I’d give you all one last injury report to recap the week that was.
Annoyingly, we never really found out what all the nagging injuries to guys like Jujhar Khaira and Kyle Brodziak were in the locker room cleanout interviews. They must not have been too serious in that case so I’m not overly worried about them. The injuries that I AM worried about, are to Connor McDavid and Milan Lucic.
A photo came up a couple of days ago on the Internet of Milan Lucic walking through a parking lot with crutches and a cast on his foot. I’m not a big fan of creeper photos, so I’m going to leave it up to you to find it if you’re interested. Milan had what looked to be black cast over top of his entire right foot going up to his knee. Alternatively, it could be a black wrap? Tough to make out in the picture.
As you can imagine, the Internet doctors came out of the woodworks with rumours of what happened to Lucic. In reality, we have no idea, and this bugs me! Obviously, this is out in the public now, so I wish the Oilers would provide us with an update. Was this injury related to why he didn’t play the last game of the season? Are all of the Oilers harvesting parts of their leg to give to Connor McDavid? We’ll never know. OR maybe this photo is an old one and the whole situation is blown out of proportion.
Either way, I really hope it’s nothing serious. It would absolutely suck for Milan to go into the summer with a cast on his leg, preventing him from enjoying himself. I’m sure he has some vacation plans on his mind that could be affected, and I can only guess that it’s not easy taking care of a family with a damaged leg. Hopefully, it’s nothing serious and the man can recover quickly in time for training camp.
When Bob Nicholson promised transparency with the fans in his year-end press conference, I expected a little bit more than this tweet below.
UPDATE: The #Oilers medical staff, in collaboration with top orthopedic specialists, have determined a rehabilitation protocol for Connor McDavid, which will begin immediately.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) April 13, 2019
Are you kidding me right now? When the whole hockey world is waiting for an update on Connor’s status, the Oilers release the vaguest tweet possible, telling us absolutely nothing. Thankfully Jason Gregor, and many other reporters pull through for us moments later:
McDavid has small tear in his PCL that won’t require surgery. I would have just added that to the press release yesterday. #Oilers
— Jason Gregor (@JasonGregor) April 13, 2019
How hard is that to say? It’s pretty easy! So it’s confirmed, McDavid has a PCL tear, and won’t require surgery. Woohoo! If you’d like a more in-depth read about what a PCL injury is all about, feel free to check out Baggedmilk’s update here. This is some of the information he researched regarding the injury:
The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) is a ligament within the knee. Ligaments are tough bands of tissue that connect bones.
The PCL — similar to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) — connects the thigh bone (femur) to your shin bone (tibia). Although it is larger and stronger than the ACL, the PCL can be torn.
PCL tears make up less than 20% of injuries to knee ligaments. Injuries that tear the PCL often damage some of the other ligaments or cartilage in the knee, as well. In some cases, the ligament can also break loose a piece of underlying bone.
Causes of PCL Injuries
PCL injuries are often due to a blow to the knee while it’s bent or shin. Common causes include:
Striking the knee against the dashboard during an auto accident
Falling on the knee while it’s bent
So overall, it doesn’t look too awful. I’m sure Connor will absolutely crush his rehab and come out better than ever on the other side. I hope his summer plans aren’t thrown off too bad with the injury now, and he can take some time to relax for himself.
That’s a wrap for the injury report this season. I hope you all enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Have a good summer and we will see you next season!
Previous Injury Reports
- It’s not broken, hopefully
- Khaira returns from foot injury
- Khaira out day-to-day and Puljujarvi out and about
- Klefbom’s Swedish Meatballs
- Lucic misses first game as an Oiler, Koskinen sidelined, and a Puljujarvi update
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