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Gudbranson suspended by Panthers for wakeboarding accident in September

Nov 28, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

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Erik Gudbranson‘s summer of fun in the sun came with a price.

Harvey Fialkov of The Sun-Sentinel reports the Panthers’ young defenseman has been suspended by the team for dislocating his shoulder while wakeboarding in September. While he returned to the ice this week, the revelation that he was hurt while not training to play hockey will cost him as his agent, Mark Guy, tells the Sun-Sentinel.

“If a player can’t pass a physical as a result of a non-hockey related injury then the club has the right to suspend the player. The suspension ends once he’s able to pass the physical and is set to play. He hasn’t been cleared for contact and probably won’t be for approximately another month.”

The Panthers are within their rights to suspend him until he’s healthy and had he gotten hurt while training, the team would be on the hook to both rehab him and pay his contract until he was healthy. That’s obviously not going to happen now.

  1. sjsharks66 - Nov 28, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    You mean training to play hockey, whenever it starts? That’s stupid. I understand if the season started on time. He obviously figured it would start late, so had some fun.

  2. broadstbully33 - Nov 28, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Way to piss off a top D prospect

  3. jernster21 - Nov 29, 2012 at 3:40 AM

    Sadly, if there is a season, this won’t be the last story similar to this. There has been plenty of dinged up guys coming back from playing over seas – if the season starts and these guys can’t play, they too will be suspended. As long as they have insurance it’s not that big of a deal financially, but the pissing off the higher ups as a result will be a different story. Should be interesting if it does play out like that, or the owners will just tank the season to avoid it, who knows…

  4. id4joey - Nov 29, 2012 at 6:46 AM

    jernster21, playing hockey constitutes as training to play hockey. Duh!

    “If a player can’t pass a physical as a result of a non-hockey related injury then the club has the right to suspend the player. The suspension ends once he’s able to pass the physical and is set to play. He hasn’t been cleared for contact and probably won’t be for approximately another month.”

    • jernster21 - Nov 29, 2012 at 11:36 AM

      “If a player is injured while playing in another league during the lockout, an NHL club can suspend him without pay until he is fit to play.”

      http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/post/_/id/19178/the-rules-of-a-lockout

      DUH!

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