From the Free Press ...
“I feel pretty good. It could have been worse, a lot worse. I felt my leg go in the other direction, so I felt something was wrong right away. I was just glad that it wasn’t worse. I was in here and they took a look at it right away, and the things that worried me the most, they were pretty stable right away. So that kind of got my hopes up a little bit more. Then the MRI showed there was nothing wrong with my ACL, so I’m happy.”--Jonathan Ericsson
We won't really know how long the Big Rig will be out until the swelling in his leg goes down a bit. So while we wait, let's see what Ericsson had to say about his assailant, Shane Doan...
"It was a clean hit, it’s just he hit my leg first and just hit the inside of my knee. That was where the big impact was. I don’t feel it was a dirty hit at all.”
I suppose I agree with that, even though Ericsson doesn't do a very good job of explaining it. Unlike the Laraque hit on Kronwall, Doan did appear to lead with his shoulder...it was just an awkward collision. Doan is a classy guy too, from what I can tell. Apparently, Doan went to a trainer to see how Ericsson was doing, and expressed his sympathies for the result of their encounter.
“I appreciate those kinds of things. Even though it wasn’t a dirty hit, he was still worried. I kind of respect him more as a player right now -- he’s concerned about me after what happened, and it’s nice.”
Very nice. But you should still line him up next time you play against the 'Yotes. Hell, I might just gripe about it being a dirty hit when I'm at the game in Glendale. I don't have credentials. No access coming my way. What have I got to lose?