A weekly look at the latest NHL injury news – whatever we can dig up in this ‘Top Secret’, CIA world…
Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals – Head –Day-to-Day
Backstrom is no longer with the team and has returned to Washington after the blow to the head from Calgary's Rene Bourque. The Cap's are not calling it a concussion….yet!
Jordan Staal, Pittsburgh Penguins – Knee – Mid-Late February
Stall is the latest star to join the Penguins infirmary. Stall has torn ligaments in his knee. Surgery does not seem to be required, but he’s out for the rest of this month and well into February.
Jeff Carter, Columbus Blue Jackets – Shoulder – Indefinite
The nightmare season for Columbus continues as Carter is back on the IR. This time he has suffered a separated shoulder. There is still no time frame for his return, but another 4-6 weeks is a fair guess.
Patrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks – Wrist – Three-to-Four Weeks
As Dobber pointed out in the daily ramblings, Sharp is typically a quick healer and often returns sooner rather than later.
Jordan Eberle, Edmonton Oilers – Knee – Two-to-Three Weeks
Eberle had an MRI and the results indicate he will not require surgery and will miss two-to-three weeks, or about six-to-nine games.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Minnesota Wild – Concussion – Indefinite
This is extremely bad news for Bouchard. He is another example of a player, who's career has been marred with concussion injuries. Bouchard's career is in jeopardy much the same as Marc Savard and Peter Mueller.
Jacob Markstrom, Florida Panthers – Knee – Indefinite
Markstrom will undergo a minor knee surgery today. This will be his second in as many years. With Theodore already out with a knee injury, Scott Clemmensen will assume the starting mantle in Florida.