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.