The NHL All-Star break provided a well received opportunity for some of the NHL's walking wounded to heal up and make a return to action. The ongoing Sidney Crosby injury saga has literally become a pain in the neck! Here is the latest injury news.
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins – Concussion – Soft Tissue – Indefinite
Crosby and Pen's GM Ray Shero held a press conference Tuesday to address the latest development in Crosby's injury. Crosby has a soft tissue injury and not fractured vertebrae. This is significantly good news as this condition is treatable, and not as chronic as concussions. “The biggest thing I can take from this is this is something I can work on. I can come in and get my neck worked on,” Crosby said Tuesday night. “There is a pretty big possibility this [the neck problem] could be causing some of the issues. I hope that’s the case and with treatment it will improve and hopefully that’s the end of it.” Shero spoke of Crosby's long term health and career saying, “There’s been no indication from any doctor where he would have to shut it down for the season or retire. We’re going to try to manage these symptoms and get them under control and get a handle on this and get him back on the ice.”
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers, Shoulder – Day-to-Day
Nuge was on the ice Tuesday morning for practice with the team. He is still not cleared for contact but said on NHL Network "It feels better and it's progressing." While he may be ready for contact practice as soon as Wednesday, he is unlikely to play before Saturday's game.
Jeff Carter, Columbus Blue Jackets – Separated Shoulder –Week-to-Week
Carter is traveling with the team for their three-game road trip in California. Carter will be involved in team practice, but don't expect him back into the lineup until he begins taking contact practice.
Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens – Knee – Indefinite
The news for Markov is that he is back skating, but is still not setting a timetable on a return..
Daniel Briere, James Van Riemsdyk, Philadelphia Flyers – Concussion – Indefinite
Both players returned to practice on Monday, but are still listed as indefinite. Expect a best case scenario return of a week or two.
Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild – Shoulder – Week-to-Week
FS North reports the Wild Captain returned to practice on Tuesday. Koivu will travel with the team when they leave Thursday to Colorado for a three game road trip. There is no time table for his return, but he may see action before returning home February ninth to host the Canucks.
Guillaume Latendresse, Minnesota Wild – Concu