Mar 4, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT
There are two sides to this argument. For one, I love watching Olympic hockey and I don’t think there is any greater thrill than to watch my favorite NHL players suit it up for their country and lay it all on the line.
On the other side of that though, is the chance that some very important players miss significant time in games that are ultimately meaningless for NHL teams. We’ve already covered that Patrice Bergeron is struggling with a groin injury that he “blew out” while playing through pain against the Americans. Now that pesky lower-body injury that Marian Gaborik suffered will apparently not only keep him out tonight against the Penguins, but could likely keep him out over the weekend as well (subscription required).
Both Gaborik and Bergeron are the leading scorers on their respective teams, and are vital in the race for a playoff spot. Bergeron’s injury may be a bit more serious, but these ‘day-to-day’ injuries that tend to linger from one game to the next can turn into ‘week-to-week’.
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- Report: Fedorov denies contract offer was made to Johansen 7
- Report: Johansen has gotten no shortage of KHL offers 36
- Update: Drouin out with upper body injury, not expected to miss preseason 1
- Report: NHL officials to participate in preseason without new CBA 1
- Evander Kane: I know I can score 50 goals 14
- ‘C’-less Thornton comes out swing against Wilson’s ‘tomorrow team’ talk 18
- Joe Sakic’s now general manager in name too 6
- Update: Giroux out two weeks with lower-body injury 26
- Update: Crosby on ice with Penguins teammates Friday, leaves early 5
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- Jackets reveal Johansen offers — including an eight year, $46M deal (55)
- Will the NHL publicize divers? (48)
- No icing on the PK? The USHL will see how that looks (43)
- Just how damaging are heated negotiations between Jackets, RFA Johansen? (38)