was still a bit in shock when he met with the media on Saturday morning. The news that he will be sidelined for at least six months with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee was the last thing he thought he would hear after having an MRI on Friday.
But that was the news and Morrow and the Stars have to deal with that reality.
“It’s disappointing,” he said. “I am a little bit shocked and I don’t really feel that bad (health-wise). Before we found out, I was expecting maybe a game or two but now it’s six months recovery and that hit me pretty hard.”
Morrow suffered the injury with about six minutes remaining in the third period of Thursday’s home game vs. Chicago.
“It was really a nothing play,” he said. “I tried to make a check and I am not sure if it happened when I hit the guy or when I kind of lost balance and I kicked the boards. I got up and didn’t feel right. I had injured my MCL a few years ago and I thought that I might have finished it off, torn it completely. I didn’t find out it was my ACL until (Friday) with the MRI.”
Morrow is entering unchartered waters as far as dealing with a knee injury and surgery of this kind. Any way you slice it, it’s a long road back.
“I am still educating myself on the surgery but it’s a total reconstruction and there are a few options dealing with the hamstrings and the tendons,” he said. “Fortunately these doctors know what they are doing and I just need to educate myself on the options and go from there. I have always felt that I recover fast so who knows, I may be able to see some ice before this season is over. When I injured the tendons in my wrist I kept a good attitude and I need to do that again with this injury. I am going to support my teammates and hopefully they can get a good thing going to get on a run and make the playoffs.”
Morrow worked the phones a bit to get more information from people who are more familiar with an ACL injury, including some former teammates.
“Joe Nieuwendyk was the first call I made because he went through this twice,” Morrow said. “There are many success stories from guys who have gone through this like Joe and Jon Sim, who is a friend of mine. I have gotten a lot of calls of support. I am walking around here today and I still can’t believe it.”