Penguins prized prospect Eric Tangradi, the final piece in the puzzle on the Ryan Whitney for Chris Kunitz trade, has suffered a serious injury and is definitely out for the season. From the PG:
The Penguins expect to learn in the next few days if power-forward prospect Eric Tangradi will require surgery to repair the damage done when his left hand was severely cut during an Ontario Hockey League playoff game Thursday.
I made this into a full story instead of a fan post, because there is an unsubstainted internet report floating around out there (from basically a rumors website) that reports that Tangradi's injury is maybe, possibly career threatening. I don't believe this is the case at all, as Ray Shero says this injury will not have any long-term effects on Tangradi.
Plus the article also reveals something interesting:
...nothing will be definitive until Tangradi undergoes a Magnetic Resonance Imaging examination, which is expected to be done early this week in Pittsburgh or Tangradi's hometown of Philadelphia.
So they haven't even performed an MRI to see what the extent of the damage is. I wouldn't believe the panic that Tangradi's career is in jeopardy or that this could be a chronic/nagging conditon for the young power forward prospect.
It hurts a little, Tangradi was set to join the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for the remainder of the playoffs where he could have soaked up a lot of the organ-eye-zation as well as see the speed of the professional game that he'll be joining full-time next season. Hopefully they get him all taken care of and that season will start for Tangradi close to September's training camps.