If that's true I don't get it. Wasn't Hemsky slightly injured when he played and got injured again? We play for the golden ananas and the team force the player to play for every price? Or are they so stupid that they think we are in a playoff hunt?
Then still, if a playe ris injury he shouldn't play, you can only make it worse.
Hemsky was quoted as saying that Renney wanted to keep him out but Ales insisted he play the Habs game since he already missed the 3 previous ones.
Almost all injuries in the NHL are initially reported as either upper or lower body injuries. I am sure it was diagnosed properly when it first happened. How it is reported and how it is diagnosed are two different things.
If Hemsky's both injuries came to the same part of the groin, like it's been said here. The doctors diagnose (I don't know if that's the right word) before the game where Hemsky made a comeback, (1.12?) was bad. That's what I meant. Not the initial diagnose right after the first injury.
We can take a couple positives out of this. The obvious would be that this pretty much guarantees us a bottom 3 finish and maybe even worse(or better. Whichever way you want to look at it). The other is that Petry is going to a lot of ice time in a pressure free environment. Lets face it...from this point on, the games are meaningless.
There is a pretty major negative and I hope people keep this in mind for the remainder of the season. Hall and Eberle's production rate is most likely going to drop significantly. They have scored a lot of goals off the rush and a lot of it was triggered by Whitney's breakout pass.
There's a major problem within the Oilers organization when it comes to managing injury situations. The players are at fault for thinking that they can play through them instead of taking two or three games off and the team is at fault for not telling them to take those games off. Your ankle's bugging you a little Ryan? You're not playing. I levy the same criticism Horcoff's way. If you miss practice, you're not playing the next game. Period.
It doesn't matter how many top three picks we get because this injury cloud keeps hovering over this organization. Is it all bad luck? I seriously doubt it.
I certainly haven't been as high on Whitney as most of you have. He's been good offensively, ok great offensively, but I'm not a fan of his defensive work. I'm not saying we were a playoff team before he got hurt, but I don't think this automatically makes this team a bottom two team.