The most maddening part for Jack Capuano and Garth Snow regarding the two injured defensemen, Lubomir Visnovsky and Brian Strait, is that both players’ injuries are so nebulous.
Visnovsky still has not reported back symptom-free to the team, now 29 days after suffering a concussion. Even when Visnovsky, who was sent to a specialist in Minnesota two weeks ago for an exam, does finally get to a symptom-free status, concussion protocol dictates he rest and have exams at each step of his return (off-ice work, on-ice work, full practice). So he is nowhere near returning.
Strait has returned to doing off-ice cardio work from his mysterious upper-body injury, thought to be back-related, but he will also need time to build back up.