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How are those guys who got hurt before/during the lockout doing?

Jan 6, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

Ryan Kesler AP

There were a host of players who were either injured before or during the lockout and now that the season is set to begin in just under two weeks, let’s have a look at how those guys are faring now.

Ryan Kesler – Vancouver Canucks

Kesler is recovering from surgery to both his wrist and shoulder, but it’s looking like the Canucks will be waiting a bit longer for him to return. Initial estimates had him out until December if the season started on time, but now it looks like we could be well into the season before he makes a return to action.

Claude Giroux – Philadelphia Flyers

Giroux’s European jaunt was cut short thanks to a rather mysterious neck injury in November. Some speculated it was a concussion, but that’s neither here nor there because he’s since resumed skating and, according to Renaud Lavoie from RDS, will be ready to start training camp.

Most of their defensmen – Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers have more than a few worries with their team and Andrej Meszaros‘ status is key for them. He tore his right Achilles’ tendon and had the season started on time, he would’ve missed a lot of action. Instead, GM Paul Holmgren expects him to be ready to go at the start of the season.

Kimmo Timonen will be ready to start the season after some offseason issues and Andreas Lilja is healthy again. One guy who isn’t any better, and likely won’t play again, is captain Chris Pronger. While Pronger will be visiting the team at training camp, he won’t be skating or doing anything hockey-related. If nothing else, the lockout helped the Flyers immensely.

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Marian Gaborik – New York Rangers

Gaborik’s rotator cuff injury admission at the end of the Rangers’ postseason run surprised many and when they found out it would knock him out of action until at least December, many worried how they’d score goals. Then the Rangers traded for Rick Nash and the lockout happened to allay those concerns. But how’s Gaborik doing? Good question.

There hasn’t been much to report on him since early September when he practiced with the team. Given his original prognosis, you have to think he’ll be ready to go, if not on Day one then soon after.

Marian Hossa – Chicago Blackhawks

The last we saw Marian Hossa, he was being carried off the ice after a brutal and illegal hit by Phoenix’s Raffi Torres that left him with a concussion. While Hossa had some difficulties over the summer, he’s since been cleared for action and is ready to go for Chicago. If the schedule makers are evil, they’ll make Torres’ first game back from his 20+ game suspension against the Blackhawks.

Nathan Horton – Boston Bruins

Much like Hossa, Nathan Horton too had concussion issues. The problem for Horton was that his came during the regular season last year and kept him out of the playoffs. Fortunately, Horton was cleared for action weeks ago and had to wait out the end of the lockout like the rest of us schlubs. He’ll be ready to go on the opening day of training camp.

Tuomo Ruutu – Carolina Hurricanes

The big Finnish forward won’t get a shot to play until maybe the playoffs this year, if the Hurricanes can get there. Ruutu underwent surgery on his hip and could have him out of action until May 1. With Carolina now boasting both Eric Staal and Jordan Staal as well as Alex Semin, not having Ruutu puts a crimp in their plans for a big season.

Adam Henrique – New Jersey Devils

The Devils’ young playoff superstar was one of many players who were fortunate enough to be able to play in the AHL during the lockout. Unfortunately for Henrique, he wound up breaking his thumb in November and he will likely miss the first few weeks of the season for New Jersey.

  1. bigbadbruins77 - Jan 6, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    having Horton back is huge for the Bruins

  2. mp1113 - Jan 6, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    what about nick backstroms recent “neck” injury

  3. orangeandblack67 - Jan 6, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    I think the flyers should utilize the new buyout option with Pronger and pass the “C” on to Giroux. Nothing against Chris but the team could use the cap space and the money to invest in shoring up the back end.

    • jimw81 - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:07 PM

      can’t he’s on the LTIR list

    • somekat - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:16 PM

      Not only can’t they use it on him because he’s on the LTIR, there is no point, because there isn’t a cap hit

    • mercyflush - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:20 PM

      Yeah you don’t amnesty Pronger, that doesn’t make sense…

      That amnesty clause has Bryz written all over it, unless he plays at a Vezina level this short season *and* in the playoffs.

      • schapley18 - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:28 PM

        I agree, this shortened season will let the Flyers know if Bryzgalbatross is the goalie of the future. If he underperforms i pray that they buy him out and start from scratch……….again. Ugh, will there ever be a stable goalie in Philly??? Does Ron Hextall have a son?!

      • claysbar - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:16 PM

        Hextall and stable in the same reference???

      • schapley18 - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:34 PM

        claysbar, I never said MENTALLY stable(we all know he wasnt which was awesome), but his play was the the most stable in flyers goaltending recent history.

      • govtminion - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:50 PM

        Sorry, just laughing hysterically at ‘Bryzgalbatross’, that’s a good one.

  4. schapley18 - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Why would you want to do that when you can keep placing him on LTIR?! Plus, it keeps him involved within the organization which can only help.

  5. LoyalFan34yrsGoKings - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    LA Kings Kopitar MRI on Monday (possible knee injury)
    Any updates welcome!

  6. leeo00 - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    what about halak hurt last season in the playoffs for the blues . once again never fails, this site don’t care about all the fans out there .

  7. fortwaynekomets - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    What about Jonathan Quick?

    or Anze Kopitar?

    • schapley18 - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:59 PM

      I read that Quick will be ready for the start of the season. No clue about Kopitar.

  8. fortwaynekomets - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    serious question… why does it seem all the posters here are Flyers fans? is it that big of a city or what? cause that team lacks talent and class all around.

    • schapley18 - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      Flyers fan here…Im not going to argue with you THAT much because the truth is on my side. Flyers beat the Pens last year in the playoffs and owned them in the regular season the last 3 plus years and the pens are favored to win the cup AGAIN so obviously they have some talant (apparently not as much as philly tho). The pens are also considered one of, if not the dirtiest team in the league. Therefore, please hop on the hate crysby wagon with the rest of us FLYERS FANS! Nevermind…beat it nerd!

      • Tyler - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:32 PM

        I’m just curious, but at what point did fortwaynekomets mention the Penguins? He asked about the size of the city and made his digs. Your response just shows the Penguins really are in your head that bad.

      • schapley18 - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:38 PM

        Tyler, I understand he/she never mentioned the pens. I was just backing my point. And the pens are in the flyers heads?!?! Have you watched the NHL in the last 3 plus years?! Obviously not, cuz everyone knows the pens cant beat the flyers let alone in their own building. Im wasting my time even responding to you.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:30 PM

        There’s one dirty player on the team, otherwise who in their mind would think the Pens are dirtier than the flyers?

        I’d also point out that the Flyers haven’t won the Cup since 75 and the Pens won it four years ago.

        This is coming from someone in Boston so take that how’d you like.

      • schapley18 - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:45 PM

        Ok I’m not going to get into this argument so early in the season (and I’m happy to be able to say season). I’m just excited to watch NHL again

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      Have you ever even been to Philly? Sure there are assholes, like any major city, but there’s also a ton of passionate and knowledgeable sports fans. We care about the Flyers, that’s why there are so many posters. The whole city gets a bad rep because that’s the way the national media likes to portray Philadelphia. It’s totally inaccurate. Yes we boo people, but only when they give no effort or deserve it. No different from any other cities. There’s a reason so many Philly athletes make it their permanent home after they retire. And saying the Flyers lack talent is a ridiculous assertion. You have no clue what you’re talking about so don’t make stupid generalizations

    • kellyb9 - Jan 7, 2013 at 9:22 AM

      Flyers fan here… and I completely disagree. I think there are a fair number of Penguins, Rangers, Bruins, etc fans on here as well. Philadelphia is the fifth or sixth largest city in the US (without looking it up)… so yes… it is fairly large. Finally, it’s not 1974… the Flyers are just as classy or unclassy as any other team in the NHL.

  9. flyeredup - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    @fortwaynekomets….seriously? Philly is 5th largest city in population. Go smoke your corn cob pipe loser.

  10. antmel30 - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Forty Wayne do u even know hockey. Flyers have no talent that’s comical girioux schenn cotiurier simmonds hartnell briere and vourachek. Yea not talent at all. They only led league in mist players with ten goals or more. You know your sports bud. Philly does have class boing fights in stadium or whatever happens in Philly happens in every other stadium city in USA media only blows it up when it’s Philly because its a headline grabber. The 70 flyers were called the broad street bullies and name still sticks with team an they are nothin like the broad street bullies at all. Do they still get in fights yea but every other team in 70 s started playing just like the flyers but only flyers got bad wrap. Read a book dumbass or visit the city before you pass judgement

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:32 PM

      Spell check, please.

  11. claysbar - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    I’m a Pens fan and even I won’t say that the Flyers have no talent. Questionable goalie and defense at times sure, but hell so do the Pens at times.

  12. orangeandblack67 - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Thanks for the clear up. I was wondering if Prongers LTIR status would negate that. You also make a good point about him still being involved. I was thinking about mentioning Bryz in that comment but there are not any quality goaltenders on the market to replace him. Hopefully he has a turn around season.

  13. hawkeyplayer - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Jonas Hiller from the Ducks?

  14. dipspit55 - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Hartnell isn’t a talented player that fugly guy can’t even skate #hartneldown

    • hawkeyplayer - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:52 PM

      This man speaks the truth!

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  16. contraryguy - Jan 7, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Not that anybody cares, but here’s the CBJ roundup anyway, acc. to local news:
    Brandon Dubinsky – broken right hand, was out for a few weeks but returned to ECHL team on 12/28.
    Ryan Murray – #2 overall pick is out for season with shoulder injury.
    John Moore – recent concussion, playing for now.
    Boone Jenner – prospect; not injured, but with the way he plays a suspension is not out of the question.

    So fire the cannon and let’s get this nonsense hockey started again.

  17. Clark Street Sports - Jan 7, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Its good to see Hossa has recovered from his injury and is ready for the 2013 NHL season

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