“Flu-like symptoms” were three little words that spread like a wildfire on Friday, December 9th. The Canes organization, NHL, Twitter, and blogs everywhere reported Jeff Skinner out with flu-like symptoms and would not perform in the game against the Jets. Many Caniacs raised a concerned eyebrow as their beloved young forward took a hard hit from Andy Sutton Wednesday in Edmonton. The Oilers’ defenseman has been suspended, without pay, for eight games for another punishing hit on Canes’ Alexei Ponikarovsky.
Skinny’s missed game Friday night was the first absence in 112 consecutive games.
Details shifted Sunday as Drayson Bowman was recalled from the Charlotte Checkers and Skinner was suddenly listed with an “undisclosed injury.” Kirk Muller told the media there were no concussion issues of concern. Could this be an extension of the original hoax? Can we trust that Canes’ organization isn’t simply pacifying the masses?
Skinner was absent for Monday’s practice in Toronto. The official Twitter account for the Hurricanes posted today, “Skinner is still with the team in Toronto. No word on his status for tomorrow night’s game.”
Although the hockey world is more than accustomed to the vague nature of player injuries, withholding information about our Rookie of the Year is downright torture as the Canes sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. Give it to us straight, we can handle it!
Actually, nevermind, feed me your little white lies Carolina. My hockey heart can’t take much more.