We told you the other night about Blue Jackets 2012 first-round pick Ryan Murray hurting his shoulder playing for his junior team. The update on how he’s doing doesn’t look promising.
Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports Murray may have a torn labrum in the shoulder. It’s unknown if he needs surgery to fix the tear, but if he does, he would miss up to four months of action.
“Surgery is not a certainty at this point,” Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson said. “We aren’t going to make a decision until Dr. (Larry) Watson is able to see him and examine him.”
If the NHL gets underway in the meantime, that would put Murray out of the Blue Jackets’ plans until at least March. Ouch. This kind of news makes you wonder who in the Jackets organization broke a few mirrors or walked under a ladder because this run of misfortune is astounding.
There is still the outside chance that Murray’s shoulder won’t need an operation, but having your top prospect getting hurt badly enough that it’s an option is less than optimal.
Rangers physical forward Brandon Prust recently underwent surgery on his left hand.
Thanks to the wonder of Twitter, Prust shared news of how his operation went well and showed off the gnarly stitches he got thanks to it.
Having your hand wind up looking like a baseball is pretty incredible. Also, ouch.
It was nearly a month ago Red Wings forward Danny Cleary underwent knee surgery to take care of lingering issues with floating debris. Cleary tells Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press the operation went well and he’s gearing up for next season.
Cleary said he’s “incredibly encouraged” by how quickly he has rebounded.
“I’m very, very happy to be able to walk normal again, to have my strength back, being able to do squats,” he said. “It’s great.”
Walking normal sounds like a great thing for a hockey player to be able to do. Cleary has been a secretly important player to the Red Wings becoming a presence in front of and around the net as well as showing the ability to score 20-30 goals per season. If he’s able to return to form, he’s got a shot at being a top-six forward for the Wings again.
The Bruins weren’t the same team this season once Nathan Horton was put out of commission by a concussion. Horton’s concussion issues left Boston hurting on the wings and without one of their better goal scorers. Now he’s aiming to come back in time for next season and things are shaping up well.
Joe Haggerty from CSNNE.com hears from Horton’s agent about how Horton’s progress is going and there’s reason for the Bruins to be cautiously optimistic.
Horton’s agent, Paul Krepelka, told CSNNE.com that the goal-scoring forward is still on track for a healthy start to next season with three more full months of rest and recovery still in front of him.
“Nathan is coming along,” wrote Krepelka in a text message while keeping tabs with his client this offseason. “We would hope he is good to go at the start of training camp.”
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said adding a top six winger to the team is something he wants to do in the summer but getting Horton back would provide a big lift as David Krejci and Milan Lucic seemed lost without their right wing. If it’s Horton and another top six forward joining the lineup next season, the Bruins will be looking awfully good out of the chute.
Rangers forward Brian Boyle is doing better in coming back from the concussion he suffered in Game 5 against Ottawa.
Boyle practiced with the Rangers today and told NHL.com’s Dan Rosen that while he’s feeling better, he has no idea when he’ll be back in the Rangers lineup.
“It’s progressed, but they’re (concussions) not consistent with each guy,” Boyle said. “Each guy feels different symptoms. So, I’m just trying to be honest with myself.”
In Boyle’s stead, rookie Chris Kreider has helped make a name for himself and established what you’d have to think is a permanent spot in the Rangers lineup. With Boyle and Brandon Dubinsky out of the lineup in Game 1, the Rangers opted to go with seven defensemen seeing Steve Eminger play his first game of the postseason on the fourth line.
As for Dubinsky, he was seen in the locker room on crutches. Dubinsky was injured in Game 7 and missed Game 1 with a leg injury and Rangers coach John Tortorella offered no update on his status.