Upon hearing Ryane Clowe would not return to last night's Game 5 after being face planted into the boards by Jason Chimera, I think all of us assumed it was another concussion.
But a closer look at the aftermath shows it might actually be a hand or wrist injury.
Here's video of the hit (via Pro Hockey Talk)...
While the initial thought process from the guys at NBC Sports was concussion, what they didn't notice was that immediately after the hit, Clowe was checking out his hand...
And if you watch his next shift, he seems completely fine and alert. Not dazed or lethargic...
And finally, while I usually feel that watching the game on MSG is far superior to NBC Sports, last night Pierre and the boys had the better of it as apparently they continuously showed Clowe on the bench shaking his hand before leaving for the locker room...
@thenyrblog NBC sports don't have msg where I'm at. They got a shot of shaking his hand glove off w/a pained look on his face— Mike Lackey (@mobilope) May 11, 2013
...while the exact injury will never be announced by the Rangers, it's looking more like a hand malady than a concussion, which could be looked at two ways. First, obviously it's great that he likely didn't suffer another concussion which besides the immediate loss, could have had long term implications on Clowe and his future with the Rangers. On the other hand (no pun intended), the alternative is further proof that Clowe might be a little injury prone. Which seems appropriate considering the type of game he plays.
...best case scenario for the Rangers is that he just strained it, but for him to actually be pulled from the game has me concerned it could be something more serious.
...Rangers really missed Clowe, as they were a completely different team after the injury. Much less aggressive and physical. No presence in front of Holtby for the remainder of the game. Not saying they're doomed without him in Game 6 because they proved in Game 3 at the Garden they can win without him, but won't be easy.
That's what I thought too - either way it sucks he's out but a hand injury is better than a 2nd concussion
@McPhee37 @PenaltySh0t @ThrSage @Josh6 Talking about Kreider's deficiencies? I guess we just pick on the rookie then and not Rick Nash who has been god awful the last two games. I would rather have Kreider in the lineup than Nash or Richards who are our 2 highest paid players.. you cannot win a cup with the stars not being stars..
I bet he replaces Clowe tomorrow night. And if what you say is accurate then if I were management his ass would've stayed with The Whale all season and not even sniffed NHL ice this year.
michael, enough with the kreider bs, hes useless, hes proven nothin, heard a scoutin report on him, not to glowing, "a lazy player, who takes 2 many shifts n games off bcos he thinks he can get by bcos hes bigger stronger n faster than most, refuses 2 go in2 the dirty areas of ice 2 make plays, n is lost on the defensive zone
What's the Clowe deal again? Is it we give up both a 2nd and a 5th rounder if Clowe signs or we make the second round, otherwise we just give up the 5th. Is that correct?
I'm done with Richards. Nash initially got hurt in Europe and has been taking lots of maintenance days yet still scored 21 goals in 48 games which is a 36 goal pace for the season. Lots of dirty hits against him and looks like he is playing hurt to me. Definitely won't give up on him and hope the off season will give him enough rest. Think for next season, he realizes he'll have to retaliate more including dirty play if it's happening to him.
Hank always deserves better. The players in front of him change but the results in Washington stay the same. 1-10 is just pitiful.
I saw some bench shots of Clowe that suggested a concussion. Did look a bit dazed and confused. Then, again, that was the look of most of the Rangers bench as they contemplate a first round exit. Very disappointing. I feel terrible for Hank, who deserves much better than this.
Kreider comes in scores a goal tomorrow Rangers win in 7 Clowe comes back to play against the Sens Torts has to keep Krieder in the lineup cause of his great play and finally removes Pyatt from the lineup :)
Injury prone???? He was hit from behind!!!!!! Lucky he is not hurt more!
Will the scumbaf slimeball that ran him get any games?
Rosen & Micheleti speculated it was his hand. I forgot he didn't play in Game-3. We do need his physical presence though, thats for sure.
@Lenny LoFrisco no you guys gave up a 2nd round pick for this year and a conditional 2nd round pick for next year which if you guys resign him and make the playoffs, the Sharks get.
@clarkeybabes but more likely Boston and Jagr back at the garden
@Skunkman Two injuries in two months.
@Josh6 I agree w- you on that Josh got to gt Kreider in there. he was great in Cap series llast year.
@jslnyr1102 I've watched Clowe in SJ for years. He would never do that. He plays hard every game, a never quit player.
@jslnyr1102 Not bad of you but he is not that type of guy. Hockey players are not like that in generall. Besides u can look at it the other way wgich is as an UFA he doesn't want to be seen as injury prone so he would want to play.
I think he would rather play. Call me crazy. He had every reason to sit out with the concussion, and he came pretty quick.
@ivanricov UR not crazy...ur riight.
@Josh6 @McPhee37 @PenaltySh0t @ThrSage Damn - the Kreider debate is still on. Got to love Rangers fans!! Kreider is not yet an NHL player. End of story. He will be good soon if he works hard. Looks like he's in tomorrow so lets hope his speed and talent show up rather than his lack of experience. He did have an auspicious start that may have saved our team last playoffs against Ottawa until his liabilities showed and he started hurting the team in the Washington series.
I'm being honest when I say that Kreider is not yet an NHL player. He needs time to improve. He should not be in the line-up tomorrow. We lost a rugged player...so replace him with a rugged player. Put in Newbury or Haley on the 4th line....Pyatt to third lline
Many people here seem to be blind to the defeciencies in Kreider's game. The worst thing to happen to this kid was to score a few goals in last year's playoffs.
Fans fall in love with goals and the players that score them. A lot of fans fell in love last year with Kreider, even tho his play deteriorated. It was obvious to me last year that he didn't belong.
Maybe because I played, I notice certain things. The first thing that jumped out at me last year was his route taking to the puck. His routes were terrible. This was a huge red flag, because this is about hockey sense and awareness.
Kreider came from college..a run and gun system...pond hockey. Just get on the ice, fly around..put the puck in the net.
The NHL isnt pond hockey. There are systems and assignments. You have to play in position. If you play out of position, you cause other players to play out of position..which leads to breakdowns of all kinds.
These are facts when it comes to Kreider's game. Now you add to these facts that Kreider plays small for his size, is weak on the puck and also weak on the boards...the common sense conclusion is that this kid is not ready for prime time. Putting him in the line-up will mostly like hurt your club, not help. The negatives in his game for outweigh the positives(wrist shot and speed)
Kreider needs to spend a lot of time in the AHL to work on his game. Remember, he struggled with the Whale this year. Let the kid work on his game in the minors, until he shows he can play and play well there...before he gets anytime more time with the big club.