NHL News: Injury Update 12/31/13
NHL Injury News: Quick, Doan and more
December 31, 2013
We’re coming off a very active evening in the NHL, and we’ll be getting another 22 teams in action today. That said, let’s use this brief respite in the action to take a look at some of the notable injury situations around the league and try to get a feel for what’s in store for these players’ immediate futures. Here’s the latest.
Raffi Torres, LW, San Jose Sharks: The veteran Torres has been out all year, sidelined after a preseason collision against the Ducks. The good news is that he’s making progress since his ACL surgery, and the plan is to have him back on the ice at some point during this season.
Torres’ initial diagnosis was in the 3-to-4-month range, so he’s getting into the shallow end of that timetable. He recently said he was feeling about “60 percent,” however, so it’s looking like it’ll be a little while longer before he’s ready to hit the ice again.
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Jonathan Quick, G, Los Angeles Kings: Speaking of players we haven’t seen in a while, let’s check in on Quick to see how he’s progressing. He returned to practice late last week, which was his first time on the ice since suffering a groin injury near the middle of November.
For some time now, the team has been saying that Quick should be ready to return during the first week of January, and well, that starts tomorrow. Thursday’s game in St. Louis sounds pretty optimistic to us, but stranger things have happened. If he can’t go then, his next opportunity would be Saturday at home against Vancouver.
Shane Doan, RW, Phoenix Coyotes: It’s been a lengthy and concerning road for Doan recently, as he’s been out of action since December 4. He finally got a diagnosis for his illness a couple of weeks back--a form of Rocky Mountain Fever. The good news is that he responded to the medication given and has been skating since last week.
That said, Doan isn’t expected back on the ice just yet--those close to the team feel he’ll remain out for the time being. The Coyotes play tonight, Thursday and Saturday--all home games. We wouldn’t rule out a return this week, but you can bet they’re being super-cautious with Doan and won’t put him back out there until he’s 100 percent.
Loui Eriksson, LW, Boston Bruins: Fans of the Bruins got some good news yesterday. Eriksson made his return to the ice before Monday’s practice, which was his first sighting since he suffered a concussion on December 7. We still don’t have any sort of timetable for his return, but this is definitely good news.
Once he’s back to feeling normal, Eriksson will likely need to get himself back into game shape through a handful of practices. A return doesn’t appear imminent, but it’s getting there.
Zdeno Chara, D, Boston Bruins: Let’s stick with the Bruins for a moment and check in on Chara. He missed out on Saturday’s loss in Ottawa due to an unspecified issue, but the good news is that he was able to practice with the team yesterday.
Furthermore, the team demoted a pair of defensemen to the AHL as well, which would seem to indicate that Chara will be good to go for tonight’s game against the Islanders at home.
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