Cody Franson injury update
Toronto Maple Leafs‘ defenseman Cody Franson appears to have avoided major injury on Thursday night. Nashville Predators‘ center Mike Fisher shoved Franson from behind, causing him to go face-first into the curved glass at the end of Toronto’s bench. (Here’s the hit in question, in case you’ve yet to see it)
Franson went down in a heap, staying down in a prone position as blood poured from his face onto the ice. Fisher was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct and onlookers feared the worst for Franson.
While stitches to the nose can’t be fun, it sure beats a concussion. The Toronto Sun is reporting that Franson is no worse for the wear, and that it was actually his visor that cut into him open. As per the Sun:
Franson was seen after the game walking out of the dressing room with stitches in his nose, a gash coach Randy Carlyle attributed to Franson’s visor, which sliced his face upon impact.
James Mirtle also confirmed this fact via Twitter.
Carlyle says Franson’s visor cut his nose. Doesn’t make it sound too bad.
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) October 11, 2013
It will be interesting to see what kind of stance the league takes on Fisher’s play here. In his mind it was probably a hockey play, but there’s no denying that it was dangerous.