Upper body injury.

Lower body injury.


It used to be that such nonsense was limited to playoff games. Made sense then. You are in a series of games against the same team, the stakes are very high and most of the players are playing banged up or hurt so you don’t want the other team taking advantage of it. But why do it during the regular season? Same reason?

Let’s follow this through.

Player X gets injured.

“It’s an ____ body injury.” Fill in the upper or lower.

Surly is frustrated.

I am down right pissed off.

Player X is out a certain number of games.

Days or weeks go by. Still nothing substantive. Same line from the coaching staff.

Shortly before his return, they reveal the injury. Case in point – Ponikarovsky. Here is Murray’s quote today regarding Poni:

MURRAY: “Not quite, but very close now. He had a great workout yesterday, off and on the ice, as Willie Mitchell did. He participated in the early part of the practice, so I think he’s starting to get the itch that he’s going to get back in here real soon. I think he’s feeling much more comfortable with the ankle. It’s almost day to day with him now.”

Exsqueeze me? Baking powder? Did I just read ankle? So, that was the big secret? And why the hell was it a secret when you are going to reveal it anyway or we are going to find out when he starts playing because someone will ask him during an interview? If you were trying to hide it from the opposing team, you just stepped on your sausage and fell flat on your melon because everybody now knows anyway. This happens every freaking time.

You see the logic? You don’t? That’s my point. There is no logic to this upper or lower body injury designation. Just tell us his damn injury. You are going to tell us or we are going to find out anyway and unless you are planning on warding off assassins or snipers during practice, hiding it is a means to no end…and about as dumb as randomly changing lines for no apparent reason…but I digress.


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6 replies

  1. We need a bunch of kids, or adults acting like them, following the staff around, relentlessly, asking, “What’s wrong with him?”, “What happened?” “what’s the injury” NON STOP until they give in, tell us, (followed by a, “NOW SHUT UP ALREADY!”) and then you could report it. I swear this will work, especially if we use children, since it’s hard to arrest a small child for harassment.

  2. Didn’t the NFL put an end to this kind of BS in that league? The NHL needs to step in and put a stop to the vague injury reporting.

    Especially when Poni was listed as “day-to-day”, it’s been 10 days and he still isn’t cleared to play tonight.

    Also, why wasn’t Mitchell and Poni put on IR to bring up someone from Manchester to keep Westgarth in the press box? Why not call up Moller to play with Kopitar; he had 3 points in 4 games. Sturm could fill in for Poni in the bottom 6 until he has recovered from his long-term injury.

  3. From the marvelous Justin Bourne:

    “When you reflect on the NHL’s seemingly ridiculous injury policy (you can essentially watch a guy get a leg amputated on the rink, then see him listed with a lower-body injury) it not hard to figure out that there’s a reason the policy remains in place.

    Agitators – whether it’s Dustin Byfuglien or Matt Cooke – are looking for ways to help their teams on and off the score sheet. As much as I hate to admit its effectiveness, these guys will find your injury and pick at it, and over time, it saps your will to push back.

    In my junior days, I had nearly broken my wrist in the first game of a playoff series against the Merritt Centennials. Merritt had the type of little punk you could backhand in front of his own parents and they’d shake your hand. Sure enough, he isolated it. Little slash. Tiny hack. Mini whack. For games on end. And before long, not only was I enraged, I didn’t want to skate anywhere near the kid. I was like Daniel Sedin on David Bolland in round two. Just completely out of my element.”

    • That logic is sound…

      Unless the coach gives away the injury before the player has returned to action… after having been mysterious for two weeks beforehand.

      That logic makes no noise at all.

  4. Wasn’t the cootie scope supposed to reveal the real truth?


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