Injury Update: Gagne, Gaborik, Sharp, Cleary, Helm
(6/1/12) We have a few injury notes on this day off between Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.
First, don't expect Simon Gagne (concussion) back in the Kings' lineup just because he's healthy. In fact, if LA continues to win it is more likely that he will watch the entire series from the press box. Gagne has resigned himself to the situation and says he wishes for nothing bad to happen to anyone; however, in all fairness Gagne was a big piece of the LA puzzle before he went down with his injury in December.
It was revealed Friday that Marian Gaborik has been suffering from a shoulder injury (torn rotator cuff) since the beginning of April and that's the reason for his less than stellar playoff point total in the Rangers' run to the Eastern Final. Gaborik will undergo shoulder surgery and current estimates put him out for the next 6 months! The surgery will take place on Wednesday, June 6th.
Patrick Sharp says he feels back to normal after playing through a healing broken wrist over the second half of the 2011-2012 regular season. Sharp missed nearly a month of action in January, but finished the year and even managed to play for Team Canada at the WHCs. Sharp is coming off a 33 goal, 69 point season in 74 games - a 0.93 point/game average, which is the highest of his career (2010-11 was basically just as good).
In other Red Wings news, Darren Helm had his cast removed from his lacerated right forearm. Helm was cut in the opening round of the playoffs by an errant Radulov skate. He expects to be healthy for training camp.