Sean Monahan injury update
The injury woes for the Calgary Flames continue. This time the victim is rookie sensation Sean Monahan, who has a hairline fracture in his left foot. He’ll join Mark Giordano, Curtis Glencross, and TJ Galiardi on the sidelines. It was also recently announced that Dennis Wideman would miss up to two months with a broken bone in his hand.
Wes Gilbertson and Randy Sportak of The Calgary Sun reports that Monahan was initially injured more than a week ago. As per their report:
Monahan was hurt in practice Nov. 21, coincidentally when hit by a Wideman shot, played through it for a couple of games and even had x-rays taken, which found nothing. But he reported after the Blackhawks game it was bothering him and a CT scan found the non-displaced fracture.
Monahan has been placed on the IR and is week-to-week.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 28, 2013
That’s obviously a tough draw for a team in Calgary that’s thin in all areas even when healthy. The team had posted some surprising wins early on in the season, but have since found their median as injuries have taken their toll.
General manager Jay Feaster spoke to the Sun about how he expected his team to respond to the injuries:
…to lose a guy like Dennis Wideman is a tough blow, and with the way Mony has been playing, it’s a tough guy to take out of the lineup. They’re not a crutch, no pun intended, to lean on. We’re going to give some guys an opportunity here to step up. We can’t worry about the guys that aren’t in our lineup. We have to find a way to win some games with the guys we do have.
Calgary has some solid centers that should see more ice time with Monahan on the shelf. Mikael Backlund had been relegated to the fourth line despite his ample potential, while Joe Colborne will see a bump up as well.