Ryan Carter has been sidelined for over a week with what the Devils at first called an upper-body injury. Eventually, the time half-admitted that Clarkson was suffering from concussion-like symptoms after being sandwiched by a pair of Ottawa Senators along the boards on Presidents Day. On Thursday, Carter finally copped to having a full-on concussion.
“I think it’s pretty much what we can call it now,” Carter said today.
Carter skated hard after today’s optional morning skate with healthy scratches Anton Volchenkov, Peter Harrold and Krys Barch. Today was his third day of skating. He took part in Wednesday’s full practice in Winnipeg as well and skated on his own briefly Tuesday in New Jersey.
When asked how he was feeling today, Carter replied, “Pretty good. Coming along. Things are good.”
That’s a little different from what he said last week. His response on Feb. 18 and 19 was that he was feeling “OK.”
“OK is different than good,” Carter admitted. “I wasn’t feeling right, headache. It’s one of things you’ve got to take care of.
Corey GriffinCarter has some really good quotes and I highly recommend you read the entire post from Gulitti. Carter says he’s not sure when he’ll return, but hopes it’ll be on this trip, specifically Saturday night in Buffalo. I bet Pete DeBoer is hoping that’s the case, given how much the Devils’ play has fallen off since Carter’s been out of the lineup. He’s one of those key glue guys that really helps drive the engine that is the Devils’ style of play. When he returns, DeBoer will be able to finally use that third line in full and deploy it at times when he needs to either shut down an opposing team’s top unit or get the Devils’ forecheck back on track. I’ll be interested to see how Carter participates in practice tomorrow if the Devils have one in Buffalo. If not, we’ll have to wait until Saturday afternoon to see.