Atlantic Division IR Report: Injury Ninja Strikes the Lighting

Atlantic Division IR Report: Injury Ninja Strikes the Lighting
Chris Wassel

It has been a really long season in the Atlantic and well as the NHL. Injuries just seem to be cropping up from everywhere and they just do not show any signs of stopping. As Spring roars in and the playoff winds soon blow, information will become more and more scarce. Our goal is to clear things up as much as possible. Sometimes it is not easy but the icy grip of this fellow cannot be underestimated.

Injuries often happen when he is around (File Photo)

As the Injury Ninja roams the Atlantic Division landscape, do not be surprised to see a new batch of injuries in the coming week. This is what he cooked up from last week’s rounds.


From The Atlantic IR

Braydon Coburn — D — Tampa Bay Lightning

It is not often you see a triple shot as far as injuries but Coburn was just one of three Tampa Bay victims earlier in the week. Now the defenseman has been placed on the Injured Reserve with a lower body injury as seen below.

That basically kills the regular season for the blueliner. It will be interesting to see how much time he actually misses in the playoffs with the injury. One thing is clear: this 2015 NHL Trade Deadline really is going to go down as the one where traded means you eventually ended up injured. It is that scary. If anything changes, we will keep you apprised of the situation.


Cedric Paquette — C — Tampa Bay Lightning

The next one to be injured on the same day was Cedric Paquette, who suffered an upper body malady. Fortunately this injury is not as serious as Coburn’s but it is significant enough.

Actually considering it was feared to possibly be worse, at least Paquette should be back in no more than a couple weeks and that is good news for the Lightning who could definitely use all the depth they can muster. After all, who knows when the next player may go down sadly. This is the type of season it has been and really it shows few signs of slowing down. Yes, there are more.


Ondrej Palat — LW — Tampa Bay Lightning

This was another impact filled injured because Palat was on the “triplets line” that has been a key to Tampa’s success all season. It is a big part of what has them so high in the Atlantic standings. The left winger suffered a lower body injury and this was his prognosis.

All I know is if you are a Tampa fan, you are as happy as can be knowing that Palat is at worst out until the first week of April. If this one had been an injury that lingered into the playoffs, that would have been awful news. Losing Coburn out of the three for Round 1 at worst really was a stroke of luck considering how grim this trilogy of injuries looked when the news first came out. Yes, it is not all rosy and such but the doomsday scenario was avoided.


Roman Polak — D — Toronto Maple Leafs 

Is it weird that Polak has had sports hernia surgery and yet he is still listed as day-to-day? Yes I thought so. Generally a player has the surgery and they are out at least a minimum of 4-6 weeks and possibly longer. The defenseman could definitely hit and block shots. That was a plus. Anyway here is a little more.

Anyhow, these are the types of injuries that are going to keep occurring. People saw what happened in Pittsburgh over the weekend and have to wonder what really is next. This is where it is going to get crazy.


Final Thoughts

There are always going to be more injuries. The Atlantic Division is seemingly full of them this type of year and we really did only included the most notable ones. There is the flu and now head cold/sinus issues that seem to be persistent among the colder climbs but even the state of Florida has had some cases. The calendar says mid-March and while it feels like April or May in some places, others will still feel a bit like it is winter. That’s just how it is among the Atlantic teams this year. There is no rhyme or reason for it at this point.

People and teams have had just enough with the injuries. Unfortunately, this is not how it works. We will see you next week with even more new injuries.

Chris Wassel

Never stop learning! That has always been my philosophy in life. It applies to hockey writing so well as new challenges are something to strive for. I have been a fantasy hockey writer way back when it wasn’t quite so cool, covered the Devils for a variety of places and still do, have a small hockey site of my own, and even write about all things NHL, AHL, ECHL, KHL, etc. Usually I am first asked who I don’t write for. For Today’s Slapshot, I will be covering the Atlantic Division.

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