DETROIT – While a dented trachea sounds scary – and it certainly was for Carlo Colaiacovo – the Sabres defenseman is already able to laugh about the injury just two days later.
“Whatever I got to do to help the team win, right?” Colaiacovo said to Evander Kane on Monday when the forward mentioned how Buffalo scored twice on the power play earned by a cross-check to Colaiacovo’s throat.
The defenseman is in good spirits after practicing with his teammates and being cleared to play in Tuesday’s game against Detroit.
“I feel pretty good,” Colaiacovo said in Joe Louis Arena. “Obviously, it was a pretty scary incident. At the time it was pretty painful. Right now it’s not really stopping me from doing much. I’m just dealing with it and luckily I’m still able to play.
“It kind of feels like when you’re sick and you get a really sore throat. Everything hurts to swallow. Other than that, it’s just a normal soreness. The good thing is I’ll be OK.”
Colaiacovo was hospitalized in Nashville after the Predators’ Viktor Arvidsson caught him in the throat with his stick. Arvidsson was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct but no supplemental discipline.
“When it first happened I was just trying to catch my breath,” Colaiacovo said. “It was a scary moment when you get hit in the throat that hard. Obviously, I don’t think it was intentional. It’s an accidental thing.
“I knew I felt the cross-check, then when I looked at it after, I don’t blame the guy. It’s a tough spot for him to be in. He turns around and catches me right underneath the throat. I don’t think there was any intent. For me it was hard to swallow, pardon my pun, but it was a scary moment and a long night in the hospital. Thankfully, I’m OK.”
In other injury news for the Sabres, coach Dan Bylsma said Mark Pysyk (bone bruise) is skating on his own back in Buffalo. Tyler Ennis (upper body) has not yet back on the ice, and Bylsma said there is still no timetable for the forward to return.