Not what the New York Islanders needed in their gamble to upgrade their first line: An injury to Thomas Vanek, the man for whom they traded Matt Moulson and two draft picks to the Buffalo Sabres late last month.
Vanek headed to the locker room during Saturday night's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets after one 23-second shift. He fell over Sergei Bobrovsky on a rush toward the net, but it was unclear what kind of injury (if it was an injury) might have caused him to leave the game.
No official word or prognosis just yet from the team. The Blue Jackets broadcast described the Isles as "tight-lipped" (you don't say?) on Vanek after they and the Islanders' MSG broadcasters had inquired multiple times for an update. It may be unclear to even the staff at this point.
Regardless, we'll update this when something official is passed along.
UPDATE: And here it is:
#Isles Injury Update: Thomas Vanek is out with an upper body injury and will not return.— NYIslanders (@NYIslanders) November 10, 2013
Here's footage of the moment where Vanek (#26, starting from the lower left of the picture and to Bobrovsky's right) collided with Bobrovsky, got up, and headed to the bench. If it's at that moment, it's hard to see what might be wrong:
(Click to enlarge. Your results may vary.)
NHL.com also has the same video angle here.
For now, hold your breath.
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