In this weeks edition of Carried Off the Ice, there are updates on players who will return from injury shortly and provide the same boost as if the team traded for a player.
Get the stretcher (latest injuries):
Patrice Bergeron suffered a concussion Tuesday night, and this is his fourth concussion. He was centering the second line with Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin, and was enjoying a career season (per game pace, at least) as he has 31 points in 35 games. That production rate is 10% higher then his previous career high set last year. With Bergeron out expect the Boston Bruins to move Seguin from the right wing to center and the newly acquired Jaromir Jagr to line up on the second line.
Sidney Crosby is out indefinitely after taking a Brooks Orpik shot off his jaw. He is now out of the hospital after having surgery to repair his broken jaw. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review quoted GM Ray Shero stating "they expect to have a better idea of his (Crosby) timeline later this week." It's entirely possible he is done for the season (regular).
This injury has scary implications for Crosby, the Pittsburgh Penguins and fantasy owners, as there is potential for a concussion; this would be his third in three years. The good news is that he has yet to show any signs of a concussion but there is still a possibility. Once he starts working out concussion symptoms might start to appear. Keep a close eye on his progress.
Jaroslav Halak left Monday's game with a lower body injury, likely in the groin area. Halak is probably gone three to four weeks but the St. Louis Blues have a ton of goalie depth as proven by the solid play of rookie Jake Allen and last season's Jenning's Trophy winner Brian Elliott. Halak has struggled this season, as this is his fourth lower body injury this season. Both Halak and Elliott have one year left on their contracts and Allen is showing his is ready to take on a bigger role so expect either Halak or Elliott to be moved this off-season.
Ryan Kesler had another scan on his broken foot on Monday according to the Vancouver Province. He was diagnosed to be out four to six weeks and now in week four reports on twitter are saying that he is fully healed. Jay Janower of Global BC News tweeted that "Kesler arrived at the rink, no limp, no crutches but does not have a time frame for when he will skate with the team." This is great news for the Vancouver Canucks who only made the one move at the deadline.
Vancouver added Derek Roy to address their need for depth at the center position. Roy is just 5'9" and 184 lbs. but is a solid playmaking center that will play on the second line and provide the Canucks depth at center once Kesler returns. Read Dobber's