RAHWAY, NJ – Fantasy hockey has been a landmine this year with injuries. Goalies seem to be unexpectedly dropping like flies. Here is the latest from just a few injury situations.
A distant early warning from the masses as Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators is still not back yet from a sprained right ankle. Some suspect that there may be a slight sprain of the MCL in the knee but that cannot be confirmed at this time. Though this is not the dreaded high ankle sprain, people have to be cognizant of the fact that a goalie pushes off the right foot at a high rate of speed. If that ankle is not 100%, disaster could result.
Ottawa is definitely taking this injury very gingerly, no pun intended. Here is the latest from the THN Ticker:
Craig Anderson hasn’t resumed skating since he experienced some soreness in his injured ankle during a rehab session last week. — Ottawa Citizen
Coach Paul MacLean said the team will “err on the cautious side” with their starting netminder. In the meantime, Ben Bishop and Robin Lehner will continue to share starts. Although a starter for Monday`s game against Boston hasn’t been decided yet.
All in all, this is not encouraging news for Anderson owners. I have to be honest and say it could be another week potentially before he attempts to skate on the ankle. No one is really definitive or sure how this recovery will play out so please stay tuned. Something tells me we have not seen the last of Craig Anderson and an injury even this season.
Then there is the even more mysterious case of Martin Brodeur. Brodeur was injured in warm-ups before a Winnipeg Jets game on February 24th and has been out since with what was coined “a stiff back” originally. There are all sorts of conflicting reports out there but the bottom line is the back locked and resulted in a strain of the lower back (involving discs, etc.). What we did was we went to some of the “right sources” as far as the injury itself. There was another alleged injury but that has healed significantly. The back is also better and there is a possibility that the first ballot Hall Of Famer could be activated by the weekend or for next Tuesday. Here is the latest from Dan Rice of The Hockey Writers.
Not likely to be activated tomorrow off the IR. I would guess Saturday at the earliest, Tuesday more likely at this point.
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Finally, we have this quick hitter from Anaheim where Viktor Fasth was not available to backup Jonas Hiller tonight with what is being termed an upper body injury. This is being termed a day to day injury at the moment given the relative lack of information available. Basically, Fasth appeared okay and then suddenly he was not.
The moral of the story is injuries happen quick and the more information you have to make an informed decision is to your benefit. Again, here at Pro Hockey News, we strive to provide fantasy hockey and hockey coverage that is a little above the mainstream.
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