This week we take a quick look at injury updates around the league. When I say quick look, I mean quick look. Once the regular season starts, we’ll spend more time analyzing how each injury affects the injured player’s team. For now, we’ll keep it short and sweet…
Ryan Kesler – While he did practice with his teammates on Sunday, he has not been medically cleared for contact. Coach Randy Carlyle said there’s “a long way before medical clearance is going to come as far as him joining our full group and back into our NHL roster”. Carlyle went on to inform us that even after Kesler is cleared for contact, he’s going to need at least a week before he plays a game. Don’t expect him to play in the season opener on October 3.
Corey Perry – Suffered a lower-body injury while warming up for Monday’s pre-season game, currently being evaluated.
Patrick Eaves – Hasn’t been cleared for contact. Hasn’t practiced with his teammates. He has made encouraging progress, but he isn’t going to return any time soon.
Alex Galchenyuk – Week-to-week with a lower-body injury. Won’t be ready for opening night. More details are expected after practice on Wednesday, so follow me on Twitter @BrennanDeSouza to see those details!
Patrice Bergeron – Skated before Monday’s practice, but still hasn’t practiced with the team. While Coach Bruce Cassidy is planning for Bergeron to play in the season opener, back spasms might prevent the Bruins’ forward from seeing any pre-season action.
Torey Krug – Has been taking contact in practice, and might even play in Wednesday’s pre-season contest against the Red Wings. Very close to a return!
Micheal Ferland – A lower-body injury has the Hurricanes’ forward listed as day-to-day. Definitely won&r