By Joe Haggerty
RALEIGH, N.C. It appears things arent as serious with David Krejci as they first seemed.
After Krejcis practice injury was shrouded in mystery on Tuesday morning when he struggled off the ice in obvious pain, Claude Julien revealed that the Bs center was suffering from a core injury to his midsection rather than the knee injury many had feared. The Bs center was holding his side and favoring his left leg as he was helped off the ice in the middle of Tuesdays practice before the team flew out to Canes Country.
Krejci was not in Carolina with the team for Wednesday nights game against the Hurricanes at the RBC Center, and is considered day-to-day moving forward for the rest of the week. Thats certainly good news after Julien was using words like severe to describe the injury on Tuesday.
Hes day-to-day and its an injury in the core area. So we can eliminate the knee injury thats been speculated about, said Claude Julien. Hes day-to-day and well see how he does to see if he meets us in Chicago or not.
The Bs coach indicated that 19-year-old second-year center Tyler Seguin will get the first crack at David Krejcis spot on the No. 1 line in between Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton a line that could use a little of the offensive razzle dazzle Seguin has shown through the first three games.
Every time a team has injuries its a chance for somebody else to stand up, said Julien. Itll be Seguin probably to start things off and well see how he does. We knew that down the road wed need him to step up at center.
We also have Peverley that could play there as well, but I like the way that line is playing right now. So Tyler will be the one that gets the chance to step up for Krejci starting off.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter for taking part in the Women’s March on Saturday.
*The day-to-day NHL grind may be getting to Jimmy Vesey a bit, and causing him to hit a bit of a rookie wall after his Harvard career.
*Alex Radulov has gone from being an NHL headache to being an impact playmaker for the Canadiens in a quick pivot for the Russian player.
*Melrose native Conor Sheary seems to have found a home for himself on the Pittsburgh Penguins skating on a line with a guy named Sidney Crosby.
*The Chicago Blackhawks are always looking to improve, and they’ve reportedly kicked the tires on Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar with Detroit.
*St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock is nearing another coaching milestone in what’s been a long, distinguished career behind the bench.
*P.K. Subban is slowly approaching a return to the Nashville Predators lineup from injury, and the Preds need him as soon as possible.
*For something completely different: Greg Poppovich hits the nail on the head here, and it never ceases to amaze me that he’s such a smart, well-versed human being.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter participating in today’s Women’s March.
*This is from a few days ago, but Bob McKenzie weighing in on the prospects for Claude Julien and his job security is always worth checking out.
*The New York Rangers have themselves a rookie named Pavel that’s doing a pretty darned good job for the Blueshirts.
*What should the St. Louis Blues do with Kevin Shattenkirk as the trade deadline approaches and the seven-year, $49 million contract waiting for him in free agency is pretty daunting?
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Allen has a list of underperforming NHL stars, including Jamie Benn and Jonathan Toews, that may have been impacted by the World Cup of Hockey. Certainly Patrice Bergeron could have made this list as well.
*Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling may be earning some more playing time after the way he performed against the Bruins, according to Pro Hockey Talk.
*Good news with Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson set to return to the team in a couple of weeks after tending to his wife in a battle against cancer.
*The struggles of Anthony Duclair with the Arizona Coyotes mirror the team’s issues this season as well. It’s interesting that Duclair has popped up in trade rumors with the Desert Dogs this season.
*For something completely different: the final Wolverine movie with Hugh Jackman is going to be extremely emotional with its characters.