Easily, that is why he is Head Coach. To not only make the tough decisions but the correct decisions.
50 stitches? Wow. Give him a few weeks off at home and take it from there.
If it were you or I, I'm sure a few weeks off would be warranted, and welcome. But these are professional athletes. They are receiving the best medical attention possible and routinely will come back from injuries that would keep a normal person out for much longer.
In any professional sport, the doctors usually trump anything the player or coach want. If they tell Gaborik that he's safe to play, but he'll be in pain, then it's up to him to decide if he can go or not. In that case, Torts is going to leave the decision up to Gaborik, as would most any coach in the same situation.
If it was a case where we didn't need Gaborik so desperately, then I'm sure they'd err more on the side of caution. But either way, if the doctors had said no, then he wouldn't have tried.
Athelete or not, you get 50 stitches there's no way you should be playing two days later, especially when its one regular season game and you have the next two weeks off.
Yeah, seriously. Missing one game isn't going to hurt us too bad and it'll let him rest up. Bring up someone and let them get a game in. Gotta admire DZ's courage but this almost the perfect time to sustain an injury like this, considering circumstances.
A fifty stitch wound is serious enough, when you compound that with the amount of blood loss a wound of that size would create, there's no question that MDZ should take the next few weeks to rest up and get healthy.
Nothing freak about it. Look around pro hockey, these skate incidents are happening more often every year. The game has changed, its a pinball machine on ice. Zednik had his throat slashed. Pat Dapuzzo took a skate to the face and broke his nose plus 60 stitches. Two years ago Shanahan and Knuble just accidently skated into each other, Shanny was never the same again. Unavoidable accidents in todays game, someones gonna get seriously hurt or killed one of these days.
I think you are actually being nice here...severed is more like it.
playing with facial injuries is far easier then playing w/ injuries on your body.
The skin on your body moves around during play and comes into contact with other players/the rink and can easily rip stitches out.
If you have a facial injury you can just wear a face mask (And if I were the coach I'd tell the player they have to wear it or I'll keep them on the bench. Risking a stick to someone's already broken face is just too much and not worth it)