Whelp, the World Cup of Hockey claimed its first victim today, and of course it’s a (kind of) Blue. Vladimir Sobotka suffered a clavicle injury today during the Czech Republic’s exhibition game against Russia.
Sobotka took a hard check from Zaitsev just before leaving the game and apparently was hurt on that hit.— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) September 8, 2016
Later updates stated that it wasn’t as bad as some feared - a broken clavicle - and despite a trip to the hospital Sobotka might play on Saturday.
Still, between the “will he/won’t he” of Sobotka’s return and this injury, Sobe’s stirring up unnecessary drama. It’s fitting that a not quite a Blue was injured in an exhibition game. Just wait for someone to drop during a real one.