The 2011 NHL playoffs are just around the corner, meaning injured players are doing their best to heal the bumps and bruises in the hopes of cracking the lineup. However, some players might want to think twice before rushing back.
Injuries in professional sports aren't merely a nuisance. They can be career and sometimes life-changing, and thus, they must be dealt with caution.
But we can't forget that hockey players are a different breed of athlete. These players aren't immune to playing with injuries like broken feet and torn hamstrings, injuries that commonly sideline other professional athletes.
Sometimes, taking it easy is the best route because of the value of that player to his team.
In no particular order, here are 10 players who will want to take their time returning to their respective lineups. Because we are so close to the playoffs, I've only included players whose teams are currently in a playoff position and I've excluded players who aren't expected to return this season, like Manny Malhotra and Anze Kopitar.
Laura Falcon is a Featured Columnist for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Follow her on Twitter or email her at email@example.com with any comments or questions.