Sometimes hockey players are too tough for their own good, and as a result National Hockey League teams have to be acutely aware of the danger of rushing a player back from injury, a lesson the Ottawa Senators have been reminded of in a big way.
Prior to playing the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night Senators forward Bobby Ryan admitted that while his hand injury was still an issue he would attempt to play through the pain, a decision that would turn out to be a costly mistake.
Ryan suddenly vanished from the game on Tuesday and did not return to action due to the fact that he has reaggravated that injury and it sounds like it's much worse than it was before. The Senators have ruled out Ryan "indefinitely" as a result of the injury, but haven't provided any further details.
The former second overall pick in 2005 is one of Ottawa's primary offensive weapons and his absence from the line up will hit the team hard, but hopefully not so hard that they try to rush him back again to stop the bleeding.