I dont seem to recall the Oilers of the McSorley, Brown, Semenko days being plagued with injuries like the present day team is. Maybe its just a coincidence.
At the same time, those tough guys didn't stop Hextall from taking a two-handed slash to Nilsson's legs. I would say the truly awful incidents of violence I've seen since I started watching hockey were Hextall, Dino Ciccarelli, Bertuzzi, and McSorley -- about equal between pre-instigator and post-instigator rules.
I think the day-to-day cheap-shots I've seen haven't really increased since I was a kid. I think what has happened is that players will take way more time off because of cheap shots, and there are now more suspensions.
But I feel like people have rose-colored glasses on when they think of old school hockey when the instigators were around. The elbows, the two-handed slashes, the sucker-punches... they have always happened.
If what Speedyturtle's saying is true, then it's just an incomplete tear of the ligament. Hopefully there's no meniscal damage on top because that's the thing that causes all the long-term damage/pain and future arthroscopy requirements.
Last edited by s7ark: 10-22-2013 at 02:52 AM.