Now that we’re at the quarter mark of the NHL season, or at least most teams are, there will be a lot of retrospectives on how things have gone so far at the NHL level. But how are things going beneath the surface with each team’s prospects?
Villanueva drew praise earlier this season when he emerged from the locker room and stood alone outside the tunnel during the national anthem before the Steelers’ Week 3 game against the Bears, a surreal Sunday in which protests by players and executives around the NFL in response to President Donald Trump’s controversial comments made global headlines. Villanueva even had the best-selling jersey in the league after taking the stand.
“When guys get injured, that calls for the next man up,” McVay said. “And that’s what you see around the league. We have been fortunate in that manner, that we haven’t had a lot of guys miss games that have been in those starting roles. But it looks like that’s going to end up occurring.”
Trotz said that injury disclosure is just a traditional difference between the sports.
“It’s just been part of the culture [in the NHL],” Trotz said. “In the NFL, [disclosure] is part of their culture. Maybe we’ll catch up.”
Hitchcock believes it’s time that they do. “Our feeling is just tell [the public] what the injury is,” he said. “Let’s stop the dance.”
Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson broke his right fibula late in the third quarter Sunday against the Saints and was carted off the field.