Glass is insulted to be associated with Pascal LeClaire. Styrofoam wants nothing to do with him either.
Eggshells maybe? Tissue? A roll of scotch tape? A collection of Snooki’s loose fitting shirts?
Some players go beyond injury-prone, and LeClaire is the leader of their union. The severity of the injury is not yet known, but after a decent start to the season (a 3.28 GAA and .900 save percentage), the Senators goalie left Thursday’s game against Carolina after a collision with Tom Kostopoulos. Acquired at the trade deadline two years ago to finally bring a shred of stability in goal for Ottawa, it’s been nothing but a string of bandages and busted bones for LeClaire.
By far the most infamous of LeClaire’s paper-thin injury tolerance was a broken jaw last year, an injury that added insult to an already poor season. While watching Brian Elliot steal his job last December in a 4-3 overtime win over Washington from the bench, an errant puck struck LeClaire in the face. The result was inevitable: LeClaire had a broken jaw, and he missed the next 16 games.
The cruel irony of LeClaire’s injury infection–he’s gone beyond the term “injury bug”–is that the Sens acquired him from Columbus in 2009 when he was hurt. At the time the former first-round pick was ailing from an ankle injury, and missed a total of 55 games.
There aren’t many body parts LeClaire has missed in his mission to have a wing in all Ottawa hospitals given his name. Glancing through the rundown of his career injuries, it’s hard to believe Leclaire has only been around for six seasons:
- Back injury (2005-06, missed three games)
- Left knee (2006-07, missed a total of 47 games)
- Hamstring (2007-08, missed two games)
- Neck (2007-08, missed two games)
- Head (2007-08, missed nine games)
- Right tumb (2008-09, missed one game)
- Sprained ankle (2008-09, missed 55 games)
- Broken jaw (2009-10, missed 16 games)
- Concussion (2009-10, missed nine games)
Who knows, maybe tonight’s run-in with Kostopoulos won’t be serious, and LeClaire will bounce back quickly. But history definitely isn’t on his side.