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HarleyMC
01-01-2013, 11:50 PM
Slash didn't look malicious. Came on the 5-min power play. Haula carried the puck into the zone to Milner's right and centered the puck. As he circled behind the net, #12 on BC slashed him on the wrist before he entered the puck. Defender only had one hand on his stick, but it must have just caught him on a vulnerable spot. If reports are true, at least it's a finger(s) and not wrist and bone(s) and not ligament(s).

Usually a broken finger does involve some degree of ligament damage as well, but how extensive really depends on which phalanx is fractured. I had a distal phalanx (last bone digit) fracture in football which can heal fairly quickly (3-4 weeks). Sometimes they can even be buddy taped to the next finger. The bad news is unlike tendon connective tissue, ligaments are tough fibrous tissue that lack vascularity or significant blood flow so they tend to take longer to heal.

My guess is from the amount of immediate pain Haula experienced, it could be a fracture to the proximal phalanx (digit closer to the palm) which requires a surgical procedure, a splint and rehab to develop normal range of motion in the finger again. Hopefully it's a clean break and not fragmented from the slash which can mean inserting pins or plates and screws and more extensive rehab. If that is the case, Haula won't see any ice time until mid-Feb. if all goes well.

I've been very impressed by the playmaking ability and full on hustle of Travis Boyd and he may be a potential candidate to step in for Haula. Everyone will have to step up their game to make up for the loss as the Gophers are coming into some very key WCHA top tier matchups with UND, MSUM, SCSU.

dxmnkd316
01-02-2013, 12:04 AM
Interesting. Thanks for the insight.

mnstate0fhockey
01-02-2013, 08:32 AM
Usually a broken finger does involve some degree of ligament damage as well, but how extensive really depends on which phalanx is fractured. I had a distal phalanx (last bone digit) fracture in football which can heal fairly quickly (3-4 weeks). Sometimes they can even be buddy taped to the next finger. The bad news is unlike tendon connective tissue, ligaments are tough fibrous tissue that lack vascularity or significant blood flow so they tend to take longer to heal.

My guess is from the amount of immediate pain Haula experienced, it could be a fracture to the proximal phalanx (digit closer to the palm) which requires a surgical procedure, a splint and rehab to develop normal range of motion in the finger again. Hopefully it's a clean break and not fragmented from the slash which can mean inserting pins or plates and screws and more extensive rehab. If that is the case, Haula won't see any ice time until mid-Feb. if all goes well.

I've been very impressed by the playmaking ability and full on hustle of Travis Boyd and he may be a potential candidate to step in for Haula. Everyone will have to step up their game to make up for the loss as the Gophers are coming into some very key WCHA top tier matchups with UND, MSUM, SCSU.

I broke my finger in 3 places in college (both distal and proximal) and had to have a pin placed in it. I had no ligament damage what so ever. 4 weeks with a pin and I was good as new. Sounds like I was lucky. I'm hoping his break only involves bone as, like you said, the recovery would be much faster.

Driftryder
01-02-2013, 08:36 AM
Any official word from the U about Haula yet?

That will be a tough spot to fill in the lineup, I hope he is a fast healer.

mnstate0fhockey
01-02-2013, 12:57 PM
tDon was on with Russo this afternoon and said Haula should only be out a few weeks (3 games). He expects him back by the UND series. He also said they haven't made a decision on whether or not to rest Mike Reilly, but sounded like he's leaning towards resting him.

5mn_Major
01-02-2013, 01:18 PM
tDon was on with Russo this afternoon and said Haula should only be out a few weeks (3 games). He expects him back by the UND series. He also said they haven't made a decision on whether or not to rest Mike Reilly, but sounded like he's leaning towards resting him.

Good news on Haula. They should rest Reilly.

Driftryder
01-02-2013, 01:31 PM
Great news on Haula!

I also agree they should rest Reilly, we have plenty of solid D options to put out there right now.

mnstate0fhockey
01-02-2013, 01:56 PM
Great news on Haula!

I also agree they should rest Reilly, we have plenty of solid D options to put out there right now.

Agreed. Our defense looked the best it has in years on Sunday night. If they can keep playing like that, this team is going to be really tough to beat.

gopher wes
01-02-2013, 03:01 PM
What was the point of agreeing to this Tuesday game, which was supposedly agreed upon to let the WJC guys rest/recover, and not playing those guys then?

Tiggsy
01-02-2013, 03:47 PM
What was the point of agreeing to this Tuesday game, which was supposedly agreed upon to let the WJC guys rest/recover, and not playing those guys then?

Probably to give the option. I think in this case we don't need to take that option but ND likely would to get Mario back.

Driftryder
01-02-2013, 04:06 PM
That and when they agreed to the Tuesday game neither coach knew which player or players would be chosen for the World Juniors, if they had taken 2 or 3 off our team then getting them back would be pretty important. As it stands it's not that big of deal, so may as well rest him up for WCHA play.

ScoobyDoo
01-02-2013, 04:19 PM
What was the point of agreeing to this Tuesday game, which was supposedly agreed upon to let the WJC guys rest/recover, and not playing those guys then?

What if Minnesota had lost 3 players to the World Juniors instead of 1? Notre Dame as well.

May as well rest him now. It's only one guy.

Fighting Sioux 23
01-02-2013, 04:22 PM
tDon was on with Russo this afternoon and said Haula should only be out a few weeks (3 games). He expects him back by the UND series. He also said they haven't made a decision on whether or not to rest Mike Reilly, but sounded like he's leaning towards resting him.

Glad to see that Haula will be back sooner than feared. I'm also looking forward to seeing him on the ice for the North Dakota - Minnesota series. Michael Parks looks to be healthy once again, so both teams should be full strength.

Also, no need to rest Mike Reilly. I need him to perform well for my fantasy hockey team. :p:D:D

Good luck to the Gophers against Notre Dame, and hopefully you guys score another big OOC win for the WCHA.

burd
01-02-2013, 04:35 PM
Glad to see that Haula will be back sooner than feared. I'm also looking forward to seeing him on the ice for the North Dakota - Minnesota series. Michael Parks looks to be healthy once again, so both teams should be full strength.

Also, no need to rest Mike Reilly. I need him to perform well for my fantasy hockey team. :p:D:D

Good luck to the Gophers against Notre Dame, and hopefully you guys score another big OOC win for the WCHA.

FS23's old head injury acting up again.

Greyeagle
01-02-2013, 05:48 PM
FS23's old head injury acting up again.

Much like you he's a closet Gopher fan. :p :D

MinnesotaNorthStar
01-02-2013, 05:55 PM
Much like you he's a closet Gopher fan. :p :DYes, because EVERYBODY is a closet Gopher fan to you people...:p

Slap Shot
01-02-2013, 06:00 PM
Yes, because EVERYBODY is a closet Gopher fan to you people...:p

And why wouldn't you be?

Fighting Sioux 23
01-02-2013, 06:06 PM
Much like you he's a closet Gopher fan. :p :D

:p:D:D Well, they are currently tied for my 10th favorite college hockey team. ;)

Greyeagle
01-02-2013, 06:07 PM
Yes, because EVERYBODY is a closet Gopher fan to you people...:p
You're not...you had a chance but MNSed it. :D

burd
01-02-2013, 07:55 PM
Much like you he's a closet Gopher fan. :p :D

There's some scary shat hidden in that closet.