The cut to Craig Anderson’s right hand will keep him out for several weeks but not as long as the team initially feared.
Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray revealed on Friday that Anderson cut the baby finger on his right hand just above the bottom joint. He did it while cutting a frozen chicken breast at home after Wednesday’s win over Washington.
He had surgery to repair damage to a tendon.
Initially, the team thought Anderson would be out for an extended period.
But doctors said as soon as he feels comfortable holding a stick, he can begin skating again.
Murray thinks he’ll be on the ice at the beginning of next week.
If he had hurt either his index finger or thumb, he would have been out for a long time, because those two digits do all the work of holding the stick.
The baby finger, however, is just there for support, much as in a golf grip.
As expected, Robin Lehner was recalled from Binghamton and Murray said he won’t just sit on the bench but will play.