Its Not Just How Many, But How When It Comes To Ottawa Injuries


The old saying goes, it doesn’t matter how, just how many.  And in the case of the Ottawa Senators, it is also how.  None of the injuries sustained by the Senators main players so far have been attributable to real hockey plays.

Nov 05, 2011; Ottawa, ON, CAN; Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean talks with center Jason Spezza (right) following a goal scored by left wing Milan Michalek (left) during the first period against the Buffalo Sabres at Scotiabank Place. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Spezza can’t pinpoint the moment when his back went out, it was just degenerative and just kind of flared up, requiring surgery.

Erik Karlsson was the victim of a freak accident (or vicious pinpoint blade attack, depending how you look at it) that caused an injury in a way rarely, if ever, seen before.

Milan Michalek catches a rut during warmup and misses a couple of weeks with a twisted knee.

Craig Anderson plays the role of a bowling pin barreled into by a bowling ball named Chris Kreider, bowled by teammate Marc Methot.

None of these are your typical customary hockey-related injuries.  Only Anderson’s injury against the Rangers could be considered the result of a hockey play.  The rest were freak occurrences that might happen once a season, to any given team.

Not three or four times in a month, all to the same team!