NHL Injury updates
Craig Morgan of The Athletic: Arizona Coyotes defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson has been skating and is close to returning to practice according to coach Rick Tocchet. Hjalmarsson has been out since October 12th with a broken left fibula.
The expected recovery timeline was 10 to 12 weeks – it’s been 11 weeks.
- Matt Layman: “One thing to consider when it comes to Jamie Oleksiak’s hit on Derek Stepan is that Oleksiak is 6-foot-7 and Stepan is 6-foot-0, and Stepan was looking down at the puck. Tougher to go shoulder-to-chest when the height difference is that drastic.”
Aaron Portzline of The Athletic: Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen is in the Czech Republic watching the World Junior Championships. He didn’t have any update on Korpisalo. There is a suspicion that it could be a long-term injury.
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Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: St. Louis Blues forward Sammy Blais likely has another month before he’s ready to return from his wrist surgery. Today he’s is expecting to have the cast removed from his right wrist though.
Sheng Peng: San Jose Sharks coach Bob Boughner said that forward Melker Karlsson is still day-to-day: “We’re all happy that he was in here joking around & feeling decent. It’s more cautionary at this point.”