The initial prognosis was a concussion, but now Boyle tells (via Blueshirts United) us he received other injuries as well...
"There were some other things from that hit (from Chris Neil) that were problems---had a problem with my elbow and arm that were a lot worse than I thought they were. It was important to learn to play through that much pain with so much on the line."
...still can't believe Neil wasn't suspended for that hit.
...for all the talk about the Rangers needing more offense and how the defense broke down during the playoffs, the real culprit seemed to be injuries. Listen, I know every team has injuries but if Callahan, Gaborik and Boyle were playing anywhere near 100% I think the Devils series would have gone much differently. And let's not forget that Sauer didn't play a second in the playoffs.
On his health now, Boyle added....
"I'm healthy now, and that's what is most important. Nothing that happened during the playoffs was long-term (injury-wise), but there were things I had to play through, and not just coming back from the concussion. I am training hard now preparing for camp like I always do."
For those who don't remember, here's the Neil hit on Boyle...
I know he's no longer a Ranger, but I've yet to see anyone mention that Dubinsky missed the entire Washington Series and all but the last 2 against the Devils (and he was clearly not 100% in those). How soon we forget the guys once they're traded
If were gona start talking about these kinds of things how can we not include shanahan? Why some may ask? Because he sucks at his job hes fun to rip on he, over suspended Hags, he did not do squat with Neil and he probably did not even send a text message to Ovy after his hit on Girardi.
I know its a slow time and there may not be much to talk about, but if we start talking about injuries and 'what if," it sounds like whining and excuses...its one thing to be injured and not be able to play, but if you dress and play, I don't want to hear how much pain you have or what % of your true self you are playing at...I know Boyle was just talking about how he felt, but for anyone to postulate about what might have been is the kind of crap that I cannot stand form other teams and should not be associated with this team. presumably, Torts went with the best team it could put on the ice and lost fair and square...lets move on.
You forgot Staal. He wasn't 100% either. If they have a healthy Gabby, Cally, Staal, and Sauer with the addition of Nash and Kreider, this team is a nightmare for opposing teams. I think a healthy Gabby in the playoffs gets them at least to the Cup. Add on a healthy Boyle and Cally and the Cup was theirs. Then again, teams that win seem to avoid the injury bug, ala the Kings.
@StuffedPrustPizza8 No doubt those were 3 great plays, but he said himself he wasn't 100%, that's what I'm talking about. That being the case , imagine what he would have been like if he were 100%.
@gravey94 really? do you honestly think that the other teams in the playoffs did not have the same issues as the Rangers - that they were all "100%"? and are you saying that "if" they had Nash they would have won? Come on, lets not do this, lets leave the whining to Sidney...
@smoothyv So tell me, where exactly did I say that other teams didn't have injury issues, besides the one that won the Cup, which (by the way) was the point I was making. While you're at it, tell me where I said Nash would have gotten them the Cup. Maybe try reading a post before you call it whining.
@smoothyv Oh OK thanks for the grammar lesson. I was wondering what that crooked punctuation mark was. Since we're going down that road, putting something in quotation marks implies that it was quoted previously. Nowhere in my original post did I EVER mention "if" the Rangers had Nash they would have won. So your question "...and are you saying that "if" they had Nash they would have won?..." implies thay I said that somewhere, which I did not. Then again your other question was the complete opposite of what I actually wrote, so it's not surprising.
@gravey94 come on, don't be so sensitive...I read every word, and to me it sounds like whining...if this guy and if that guy and "the Cup was theirs"...you were referring to the injuries from last year and mentioned Nash so I was ASKING if that was what you were saying - that's why there are question marks at the end of sentences...maybe try reading what I wrote, or read your own post before you post it.
Boyle was also tearing it up before the Neil hit and Gabby wasn't the same player after Game 2. That's a significant amount of offense.
True. Still they weren't exactly tearing Up the league in scoring during the season. I am sure Cally woold have done more. I except thirty goals and sixty points minimum from him this year if he stays healthy.
I know it's irrelevant now, but callys ability to play on both sides of the puck will be even more important this next year during the playoff run. Have to find a way to keep him healthy. It's so underrated how well he plays I. The neutral zone and aside for a strong forecheck, he is so strong on the back check. Stats will not translate how important he really is to the team. Watch for torts to keep him protected down the stretch of the rangers have breathing room. It comes down to how much more powerful the rangers are offesnvily, and with a what should be a strong power play, and an all star forward to add to even strength, one would hope we have alot more wins by 2 or more goals.
@MTopper319 I wish Cally would go up to Gary Roberts camp and work for the summer. I think that's just what he needs. It's not knock on Cally, but the guy is 5'11, plays a grinding game, and has had some issues with injuries. I think what Gary teaches is just what Cally needs to get better and stay healthier.
Cally, Gabby and Boyle were injured in that series. So essentially they played the entire playoffs with those three hurting.
@kerrycherone Wait to see who we send out when Neil is on the ice next time against the rangers, I'll give u a hint, it rhymes with bashem
@kerrycherone Was actually surprised to see so many Rangers acting jovial with him after the series.
@KevinDeLury Jovial because they sent him and his team packing.......they certainly did play us hard. Wasn't Gaby also hurt during the Sens series?