Russell Injures MCL in Finland
It’s the worst nightmare for every GM, coach, player, and fan. A locked out NHL player heads over to Europe only to return injured.
That scare is now reality for Blues D-man Kris Russell who suffered what sources say is believed to be a slight MCL tear while playing with TPS in the Finnish Elite League. Word is the doctor who performed the MRI does not expect surgery to be necessary but any official diagnosis won’t be made until he returns to St. Louis.
Russell is expected to return to St. Louis on Wednesday and will be reevaluated by Blues Doctors. Players are allowed to schedule appointments on their own with team medical personnel but the club cannot assist in making any arrangements.
Again, this is when things get scary during the ongoing NHL labor dispute. The player is virtually on his own in not only making medical appointments but also during the rehab process. Obviously the agents are there to help every step of the way.
Russell was wearing a knee brace he was fitted for after twisting his knee last season.
Rangers forward Rick Nash suffered a shoulder injury while playing in the Swiss league. His injury is considered minor.
Blues assistant coach Brad Shaw is in Ottawa helping out with the Ottawa 67’s in the OHL.
Blues management and coaches and will be busy following the Peoria Rivermen over the next several weeks.
The Blues and Kevin Shattenkirk had discussions before the lockout on a contract extension but elected to put those talks on hold until the situation is settled.
Over 170 area coaches have signed up for a seminar to be conducted by the Blues coaching staff. Five different 30 minute presentations will be made by a different member of the coaching staff.
Blues Buzz kicks off this Wednesday live from Johnny Mac’s sporting Goods located at 10100 Watson Rd. Our first guest will be Blues star forward Andy McDonald. The show broadcasts from 6-7 and can be heard live on am 590 the fan.
Don’t you love hearing about the NHL and the NHLPA trying to determine the best way to share over $3 Billion. Whose money is this anyway? Doesn’t it come from fans and businesses?
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