Kyle Chipchura was diagnosed with a concussion and placed on injured reserve Tuesday, the result of a hard hit delivered by San Jose Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray on Saturday. The center is listed as day-to-day.
Chipchura joins forwards Matt Beleskey (concussion), Dan Sexton (broken nose) and Joffrey Lupul (blood infection/back), along with defenseman Andy Sutton (thumb) on a growing injured list for the Ducks. He’ll miss games Wednesday and Friday and is eligible to return Sunday at the earliest.
For Chipchura, who hasn’t had a concussion since his final junior season of 2005-06, Sunday could be a realistic goal.
“I think it’s very mild,” he said. “Talking to other people, when they had more
severe (concussions), this seems nothing like that. I just got a little
discomfort with headache. Nothing too major. The neck is really the most
Nick Bonino was summoned from AHL affiliate Syracuse on Monday. He has practiced with the team the last two days and is a candidate to take Chipchura’s place in the lineup tomorrow against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Bonino had a subpar training camp – by his own estimation and that of head coach Randy Carlyle. With some motivation behind him, Bonino rebounded nicely in Syracuse, posting seven assists and nine points in eight games on a line with Kyle Palmieri and Nicolas Deschamps.
“Training camp was just a new experience,” Bonino said. “I wasn’t totally happy with the way I played, confidence-wise I was kind of nervous. Everyone is. I certainly didn’t play like I thought I could play.”
Bonino wore a fourth-line jersey Tuesday along with Aaron Voros, Josh Green and George Parros (who shaved his moustache for “Movember.” It looks weird.)