PHILADELPHIA -- Carolina Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette wouldn't give more detail about Scott Walker’s lower leg injury.
Ditto for Tim Gleason’s injury.
“He’s got a leg injury,” Laviolette said of Walker. “That’s about as far as we want to go with it.”
A decision last summer by NHL general managers paved the way for such vague responses. And under the glare of the Philadelphia media after Friday's 3-2 overtime victory over the Flyers, Laviolette defended the lack of details.
“I just told you we have leg injuries, so I don’t think we’re abusing the rule,” said Laviolette.
When asked if he felt the media and the fans deserved to know more about the health of players, Laviolette said, “ I think it really depends.”
He doesn’t want that type of information in the hands of opposing teams.
“I think a lot of times, the protection of the player has to figure into it. That’s the bottom line. You don’t want anybody getting any more hurt than they already are. If somebody decides to play the game with a broken hand, the last thing you want is for the other team to know they’ve got a broken hand.
“And that’s what you’re guarding against. It’s not like it’s top secret for any other reason. It’s purely to protect the player. It’d be nice to let the fans know. But unfortunately, if those people know, the opposition knows.”