Holland specifically said "small herniated disc" which is at least somewhat encouraging based on everything I've heard about herniated discs.
Thank goodness Helm and Nyquist are already in the lineup and playing great. Franzen's play recently is a big help with Pav and Z out as well.
Even with the captain out, I'm not at all worried about leadership with all the vets on this team. Alfie will shine in that department.
Opportunity. This gives guys like Weiss, Cleary, Sammy a HUGE opportunity to step up and make a difference to this team. If they don't, they will be the guys gone (God willing) when the injured guys start coming back to the lineup. I know we all have low expectations of these guys at this point, but they have to step up and now they get as good of a chance as they can hope for.
I know it sounds odd, but in a weird way injuries were the best thing to happen to this team last season. It gives players opportunities to surprise and it also forces the team to play harder and hungrier than they are normally forced to play.
Our powerplay will make the Sens wish they had never been born. Oh, and Cowen, his stats WILL pay for this.
Vengeance is as sweet as the nectar of all the Gods of men!
Don't like what Shanny said at all. Makes it seem like they put no thought into the decision whatsoever.
“But we can’t always look into a crystal ball, and here we are a few days later and there’s a serious injury and no one feels worse, other than maybe Pavel and the Red Wings, than the department of player safety.’’
So he admits he screwed up... but only because Pavel hasn't come back yet? That, in a nutshell, is why these suspensions are so confusing to fans. They don't judge the actual incident, they only judge the result, which makes very, very little sense.