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Yet another injury from the Worlds: Wild’s Haula broke his jaw

May 28, 2014, 9:20 PM EDT

Erik Haula AP

Those who believe that the World Hockey Championship should take a year off following Winter Olympics have some ammo in 2014, as the list of injured players is a little disturbing (whether it’s all about bad luck or not).

The latest addition to the list is Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula, who suffered a fractured (non-displaced) jaw in Finland’s gold-medal game defeat to Russia on May 25. The bright side is that the Wild announced that he won’t require surgery and is expected to be healthy after three-to-four weeks.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Evgeni Malkin delivered the hit that injured Haula.

Haula, 23, scored 15 points in 46 regular season games, but really made a difference in collecting four goals and seven points in 13 postseason games. He was especially effective in a spirited series against Chicago; he scored five points in six games versus the Blackhawks.

Again, the list of injuries can’t make GMs feel great about sending their players overseas after rigorous seasons and/or partial playoff runs:

Injuries happen in hockey, including tournaments like these, but one can assume that this summer is an especially sensitive time for such matters. On the bright side, it seems like Haula won’t be hampered too greatly by this ailment, even if it’s not an ideal way to begin his “vacation.”

  1. nolockoutpricks - May 28, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Erik didn’t break his jaw that worthless POS Malkin broke his jaw with a cheap shot to the face. don’t leave that out of the story

    • guitarisgood4u - May 28, 2014 at 11:52 PM

      • guitarisgood4u - May 29, 2014 at 12:00 AM

        Sorry to post another video, but this one’s better, it’s about the whole game, and starts at the malkin incident

  2. getadealdonealready - May 28, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    That is a little worrisome as Brodin never seemed to recover this year from his broken jaw, weather he was tentative to take a hit or if it was mental or physical he wasn’t the same player we saw prior to the injury. Here’s to hoping both are back healthy for the start of next season.

  3. hardkor07mn - May 28, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    This tourney is a joke. Why anyone who is anyone goes and plays is beyond me.

  4. muckleflugga - May 28, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    take a like sample of games from the nhl’s regular or playoff season, you’ll likely see a greater number of injuries, many of which will be more serious than these in summary

    but those injuries are of lesser consequence, heavily insured as they are in the nhl meat market … who gives a shi t about injuries as long as the bottom line is covered

    and to what extent do nhl teams influence player’s behaviour after the regular and playoff season is over is a question … what is this, indentured servitude to millionaire suit jockeys

    twelve years a slave

    regardless, i would think players making olympics teams tend to populate teams making deeper runs into the playoffs, and those going to the worlds tend to come from lesser clubs regardless

    not as much double service as might be argued

    if anything needs shortening, it’s the greed-grab called the nhl regular and playoff seasons … hockey starting in september ending in mid to late june, the cow long milked dry … that’s what should be of concern to anyone concerned about player health

    teams advancing through rounds three and beyond suffer injury exposure that has tweet to do with olympics or the worlds

    it’s all about hockey overkill and the money making machine

    injury concern and player health in the nhl, lmao

    • hockey412 - May 29, 2014 at 8:07 AM

      Actually, ‘slave’ comment aside, you make a lot of good points here.

  5. r8rbhawk - May 28, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Haula is so fast i wouldn’t be surprised if his jaw just gave in from the pressure of him nearing mach 1 on skates.

  6. mackattack29 - May 29, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    Any wild player getting injured is just karma for hiring the human garbage that Matt Cooke is. Lol wild will never get any respect after supporting a guy like that. Then again it is Minnesota… so not that surprising after all…

    • fightingwild - May 29, 2014 at 8:54 AM

      & you sir are a tool. I use the term Sir lightly in your case as I am guessing you are without honor. You are just an anonymous troll on the internet. If you were to meet Matt Cooke in real life I am sure you would not have the guts to spout your hatred. You would wet yourself at the thought. I am Mike, I live in Gilby ND. I have guts & convictions to back up what I say.

    • yetidad - May 29, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      Dick. You, not Cooke.

  7. bigblueapple - May 29, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Weeks? I thought the recovery time for a broken jaw was 36 hours. Guess we witnessed a Rangers playoff miracle earlier this round.

  8. purpleguy - May 29, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Well, at least Haula is Finnish — they only say about 5 words a day anyway.

  9. strictlythedanks - May 29, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Heal up Haula, we need your killer speed and tenacity for next years cup run.

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