Yeah...the fact that we're now hearing about significant swelling in and around the eye and the fact that they've decided to keep him in Atlanta for another day...tells me this is serious. I learned alot about this kind of injury since a much less severe incident happened to me about 10 years ago. I was very lucky since the puck lost some speed after it deflected off of the guy in front of me (although it wouldn't have hit me on the eye had it not deflected off that guy) and I didn't suffer significant retina damage. But it's probably the most scariest experience of my life because once it happens, you're thinking the worst...like your blind for life in that eye. And BTW, I had a visor on...one in 10 million shot.
There are two real big concerns...one is the condition of the retina, which we have not heard about yet. And the swelling and pressure being put on that eyeball. And if it's significant enough, hopping on an airplane should be out of the question (I'm assuming due to the change in pressure). I suspect (and hope) that Mottau's retina is intact, it's just the significant swelling that they must monitor. If swelling does not subside, surgery will be necessary, if he hasn't had it already. His vision in that eye will forever be ruined though. My injury was not nearly as bad, but the puck essentially "shattered" my iris, which is the muscle (color part of your eyes) that protects the pupil and the eye. My pupil is essentially stuck wide open and I go blind in that eye when I go from a very bright place to a very dark place.
I feel for the guy and I certainly hope this does not destroy his career and well, significantly alter his life.