It actually used to be worse because opposing players would literally target an injured player to get him off the playing surface.
But that was back when sport was sport and you did anything and everything in and out side the rules to win games.
Now when a player is hurt, the team has to list them as hurt. They can be as vague as they want about the severity of the injury or where it is actually located, but teams HAVE to report injuries.
THAT I am not a big fan of.
I don't see that as sport. It's targeting injuries to potentially risk someone's livelihood which is much more important than any trophy. Sport is being at your best and competing with others at theirs to see who's better. Not taking shallow victories because you cracked an injured area with a stick or gouged at someone in a pile up.
Jim Cerny's take on the injury situation from the Blueshirts United playoff chat.
I think Staal is getting real close. He has not said that, nor has the team. But what i see with my own eyes shows me he is close to playing. Maybe Game 1, maybe not. But I think we see him in this series. Dorsett said yesterday and again today he is hoping to be cleared during this series, though it will be interesting if the Rangers choose to play him or not---that might depend on if Clowe and/or Boyle are still out. Neither skated again today, but both were at the practice facility, working out off ice.
Jim Cerny: Guy: a good question...Rangers are pretty healthy other than the 4 we know have been sidelined...Cally will battle that shoulder all year, Girardi is banged up, but for most part they are good health wise...but who knows in playoffs...remember, for example, Gaby separated that shoulder pretty early in first round last year and kept playing...you can predict what might happen
Girardi been playing banged up after the Subban shot? Likely