Philadelphia Flyers top goalie Steve Mason revealed why it took him until Game 4 to suit up for his team: he was dealing with a concussion. The specifics indicate that those issues might have subsided once he began playing against the New York Rangers in a first-round series that ended with New York winning Game 7 on Wednesday.
In typically cryptic hockey fashion (actually, some teams provided basically no update at all during the playoffs, it seems), the Flyers only called it an upper-body injury.
Player agent Alan Walsh took issue with the 25-year-old goalie’s revelation:
Whether Mason was healthy or not once he got back into action, he was often brilliant in his four appearances, even if he finished 2-2. Mason ended up with a brilliant .939 save percentage and often made highlight reel saves.
That probably left some Flyers fans wondering “What if?” about the Flyers first three games, although he might not have been in any condition to play instead of Steve Mason.
PHT will make note of other Flyers injury updates if available.
You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.
We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.
“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.
These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.
Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.
It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.
With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.
It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.
Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:
It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).
As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.
Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:
This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.
Update: Bullet dodged?