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Dustin Byfuglien leaves game with lower body injury, GM Rick Dudley says it’s not major

Carolina Hurricanes v Atlanta Thrashers

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 25: Dustin Byfuglien #33 of the Atlanta Thrashers heads to the ice to play against the Carolina Hurricanes at Philips Arena on September 25, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Dustin Byfuglien

Scott Cunningham

There is some good news and bad news for the Atlanta Thrashers.

The bad news is that over-sized defenseman Dustin Byfuglien left last night’s game against the Florida Panthers with a lower-body injury after being hit by a puck. As you can hear from the video on the bottom of this post, he clearly had difficulty getting to the Thrashers’ bench, but was able to do so under his own power.

The good news, however, is that Thrashers GM Rick Dudley downplayed the chances that the injury will be anything major on NHL Live today. Dudley said that he will be questionable for the team’s next game with a contusion and a cut, but the injury isn’t anything long-term. (H/T to Kukla’s Korner for the Dudley comments.)

That being said, we’ll keep an eye out for any backup reports. Sometimes a GM can cloud situations in the name of secrecy or just flat-out confusing the press. In the mean time, we will go with what Dudley said and assume that Byfuglien is day-to-day.

Here is video that sheds some light on the injury.
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