I have done a little bit more research into the volume of traffic coming to the site and there are some looking for some injury information, so I thought it would be best for them if I handed out a little update for a few players (or more). Hell, it's be nice if these people would come back for their news, right? Right.
Maxim Afinogenov (Box 14) has been a popular guy on the search engines of late. His nagging groin injury has been the focus of much speculation before and now after the All-Star Break. The last report the Sherpa had read was that despite a small tear in his groin, he has returned to the ice and is now only days before returning to the line-up. Now, it doesn't seem likely that he'll be going tonight against the Panthers or Thursday against the Thrashers, but after a week's worth of skating, I will speculate that he could possibly return when the Sabres return home to face the Devils on February 6th. Again, it only seems logical for him to stay in Buffalo while the team is on the trip and maybe have an extra day or two to prepare. Don't expect to see him on this road trip and don't necessarily expect him back on the 6th until the coach says so.
In Chicago, the Jonathan Toews (Chris) watch continues, but it could still be a while before they'll have a sighting. Head coach Denis Savard mentioned that they will be very cautious with their future superstar centre. They don't want to rush Toews back from his knee injury and he could be an extra couple weeks from the initial 4 weeks that they had quoted him being out. Rest assured Toews holders, if you are able to hold out a couple more weeks, you probably should. But if you have the ability to activate someone else in his spot, you best be doing so.
The Kings have now missed star forward Mike Cammalleri (Dale B.) for the last 15 games with a rib cartiledge problem. No real news has stemmed from this injury in the last couple weeks, which doesn't bode well for the winger or his pool owners. Obviously, the winger is in way too much pain to have started skating again, since there has been no word about him doing so. He's been on the IR since Boxing Day and with no real word as to a return date or a return to the ice date, he shall remain on the list indefinitely.
The Sherpa has had David Legwand (John P.) listed as out day-to-day with his leg injury for some time now. He has been on the IR for just over a week now, which means he could be activated at any time now. But upon further review, the Predators have him listed as out between 1 to 3 weeks, which again could be any day. For the purposes of this report, however, he'll remain out for 2 more weeks on the injury page until further reports.
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