Originally posted on NHL Injury News  |  Last updated 11/6/13
On Sunday, Jonathon Merrill made his NHL debut against the Minnesota Wild, a game where the Devils lost 4-0, and he got injured. On Monday, the rookie defenseman was seeing a neurologist for a possible concussion. Merrill was on his third shift when he was tripped from behind by the Wilds’ Torrey Mitchell, sending him sprawling into the boards. He got cuts over his left eye and his mouth and nose. He did pass the baseline test which is used to determine if players suffered a concussion. He flew back home with the team but the possibility of him having a concussion still exists. Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said, “All the tests done [Sunday] were good, but he got a pretty good jolt.” Lamoriello placed left wing Rostislav Olesz on waivers Monday for “roster flexibility” due to the following injuries on the team. Patrik Elias has (back spasms), Travis Zajac (right ankle) and Ryane Clowe (concussion symptoms), defensemen Peter Harrold (right elbow), Anton Volchenkov (lower body) and Bryce Salvador (foot stress fracture). By noon today if Olesz is unclaimed, he’d be eligible to be sent to Albany (AHL). Lamoriello said, “The reason is very simplistic: to give me flexibility to bring in any type of player I want.” “That doesn’t mean he’s definitely going to go down. We’ll just see what happens on the waivers.”      
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