The Off-Season Thread Part VI - Are we there yet? (Grabovski to Caps, 1 yr)
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08-29-2013, 08:51 AM
HOPE & CHANGE
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Originally Posted by
Nac Mac Feegle
...and move his feet. Re-watching some of the early games this summer I was surprised how often he was gliding on the ice and just watching the play instead of moving his feet and using that speed of his.
He was very, very tentative from the very beginning of the season. Not sure why, as he was beastly in the playoffs the year before. Don't know if the half season in the AHL during the lockout stripped him of his confidence or what.
Rookie Chris Kreider (bone chips/ankle) skated lightly today for the first time since an MRI on Thursday showed bone chips in his ankle and not just a bone bruise, as he was originally diagnosed. Kreider hurt himself blocking a shot for Connecticut (AHL) in a 2-1 overtime loss to Adirondack on Jan. 5.
Kreider said he does not have a set schedule moving forward in terms of how frequently he will try to skate, nor did he indicate when he might be able to play again.
“It’s better every day, I’m just taking it one day at a time,” said Kreider, who was scoreless and a minus-2 in three games before coach John Tortorella began scratching him.
Kreider isn’t sure how much the injury affected his play.
“I don’t know, it’s hard to say,” Kreider said. “Obviously it was an injury but everyone’s playing through something. I felt it all along. There were days where it was worse, days where it was better. I would have liked it to be a bone bruise like the original diagnosis. If this was a bone bruise, it gets better pretty quickly and you can play through it.
“It didn’t seem like it was getting better and bone bruises get better,” Kreider said. “I was able to go really light this morning, just stride it out and get my feet and skates. It kind of makes you stir crazy, you want to get back on the ice. You want to be with the group.”
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