Friday, February 15, 2008

North Stars' Greener gets some good news

Following some anxious hours, Traverse City North Stars winger Joe Greener got some good news on Thursday following medical consultations with team doctors.

Greener, who suffered an injured medial collateral ligament during Wednesday’s team practice, was told it was a second-degree injury, meaning the ligament was not fully torn.

“That’s good news, I suppose,” said Greener, who has nine goals and 12 assists in 41 games so far this season. “The healing time for that injury is three to four weeks with no surgery, so that’s encouraging.”

Greener and defenseman Jonathan Sheridan became entangled during a 3-on-2 drill during practice on Wednesday.

“It felt it (the knee) slide a little bit – not sure if I was trying to jump out of the way of the hit, but I could tell something wasn’t right pretty quickly,” Greener surmised.

Greener has posted 21 goals and 27 assists in 103 career games with the North Stars and is the club’s leader in career penalty minutes with 277 over two seasons. If all goes well, Greener could be back on the ice by early March.

“That’s what I’m hoping for,” said Greener. “I’ve still got a lot of hockey left in me.”

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