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Victor Hedman out indefinitely with concussion

Dec 31, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT

Victor Hedman AP

Ever since Victor Hedman left in the middle of Tuesday’s game against the Flyers, people have braced themselves for the worst. Today, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman delivered the news that people were afraid to hear: the budding star defenseman will be sidelined indefinitely with a concussion.

As everyone around the hockey world has learned, concussions are impossible to predict. When responding to a question about Hedman’s timetable for a return, Yzerman said: “You’re concerned obviously with what’s going on around the league right now. But it’s day to day.”

Unfortunately, Hedman has been unable to practice since leaving the game against Philadelphia after only four minutes of ice time. Yzerman explained that right now, Hedman is “trying to do normal day-to-day activities.”

Take that however you wish.

Even though Hedman’s offensive statistics haven’t been what the organization would like to see for the 2009 second overall pick, he’s working over 22 minutes per night for the team that has depends on him in every situation. He’s one of Tampa’s leading penalty killers and has drawn some of the most difficult assignments on a nightly basis.

Now, he’ll be battling with a much different foe while he tries to work his way back to the ice. In the meantime, the Lightning will have to find a way to improve upon the team defense that is tied for the second worst in the entire league.

Losing one of their best defensemen isn’t going to help.

  1. heyzeus143 - Dec 31, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    Sid

  2. grudenthediva - Dec 31, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    …is still off the ice and unable to whine. Your point?

  3. heyzeus143 - Jan 1, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    Sid, my only point, you’re so damn smart, you figure it out

  4. malkinrulez - Jan 1, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    karma

  5. lsxphotog - Jan 2, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Karma? Really? Get off this Sid BS. You act like Hedman deliberately took out Crosby and therefore deserves a concussion himself. Why don’t you just stop watching hockey if you’re going to keep whining about a single player?

  6. malkinrulez - Jan 2, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    karma is real,obviously u don’t watch “my name is earl”

    • lsxphotog - Jan 3, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      Well you can watch your My Name is Earl DVDs instead of hockey then.

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