Injury Ward: Week One




Game on! NHL hockey is back. Let’s look at injuries affecting players in week one.



Joe Haggerty of CSN New England tweeted today that Carl Soderberg (ankle) was placed on IR and David Krejci (back) was on the ice for second straight day. Soderberg won't play in opener and Krejci is game-time decision.


The Buffalo Sabres posted an article on their site on Tuesday that Marcus Foligno (upper body) would miss the season opener Wednesday night and will likely miss all the games on the coming weekend. Head coach Ron Rolston said Foligno has been skating but nothing is a for-sure thing. 


John Vogl of the Buffalo News reported on Thursday that Joel Armia (hand) is out indefinitely with a broken hand and they haven't decided yet whether surgery will be needed, Chip Alexander blogged on Wednesday that Alex Semin (upper body) and Jeff Skinner (lower body) were back practicing on Wednesday as was rookie Elias Lindholm (hand). Both could be ready for the season opener on Friday. Tuomo Ruutu (upper body) and Tim Gleason (concussion) are both out indefinitely.


Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Fedor Tyutin suffered a lower body injury at practice on Wednesday and could miss the season opener as blogged by Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch. He also reported that head coach Todd Richards said Jared Boll (upper body) is not 100% out for opening night but he is 90%. 


If your hockey pool has IR spots grab Nathan Horton (shoulder), many poolies are not even considering him but you should. Grab him now and let him sit on your IR till late December or early January when he is tentatively due to return. Once he is healthy you get a 25-goal and 55-point player for nothing, could be just be the push you need.

The Detroit Red Wings have placed Jordin Tootoo (bruised shoulder) and Jonas Gustavsson (groin) on seven-day IR. Gustavsson is injury prone, something to keep an eye on. 


Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press tweeted today that Daniel Alfredsson (groin) was not on the ice today and that Tomas Tatar took his place on a line with Johan Franzen and Stephen Weiss. 


The Wings tweeted on Monday that Darren Helm (back) and Patrick Eaves (ankle) were placed on long-term IR, so each player must miss a minimum of 10 games.

The Florida Panthers have placed Nick Bjugstad (concussion) and Ed Jovanovski (hip) on IR to start the season. 


Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel reported on Monday that Sean Bergenheim (groin) and Scott Clemmensen (knee) are close to returning and that there is still no timetable for Jovanovski

Kris Versteeg<