In case you missed it, Chris Curran’s comeback is complete: http://www.sbsun.com/sports/ci_13898271
Only twice as a reporter have I seen a player leave a hockey rink in a stretcher. One was Curran, the other was James Wisniewski in last year’s Stanley Cup playoffs. Wisniewski suffered a lung contusion but only missed one game. So I asked Karl Taylor if it was the worst injury he had seen as a coach; turns out he once had a player nearly swallow his tongue and die … never mind.
Here’s what else Taylor had to say about Curran:
How did Curran look in the two games?
Not very good. He’s been out for a long time. He’s got to get back into game shape, back into competitive mode. First game you’re worried and nervous; you’re not sure how your leg is going to respond, and those are issues. He’s just OK, but he’ll be better as we go along.
At the time of the injury, was it assured that Curran would play again?
Guys break their legs and come back. I don’t think there’s many times when they don’t come back. He’s a pretty dedicated kid. I anticipated he would. Not a terrible break based on how the injury occured – it wasn’t like a spiral fracture or anything like that, which is real tough. It was a “good” bad break.
What do you like about him as a player?
He’s a real team guy. Last year, he was knocking pucks, fight, would hit guys. Energy guy, great attitude — all those things. He’s my type of player. Those are the guys I really enjoy being around, and he’ll do anything for his teammates. Team-first attitude.
On the schedule:
We’re in the tough part of our schdedule. Our record is not where we would like it to be. We never want to be under .500 and right now we are. It’s just going to get harder. It’s not like right now we’ve got some home games. We’re not there. Until after Christmas, we’re sweating it really hard. We have to find our ground. You lose Johnny Rheault, Geoff Walker, Dwight King — all three of those guys — then Tony [Voce] wasn’t in the lineup this weekend. That’s a significant chunk of scoring out of your lineup. We need other people to step up and replace that. Take, seize the opportunity that’s presented to them and run with it.