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I wouldn't exactly call it a huge loss. The guy was unlikely to play a huge role on the team anyways. He's past his prime and the big minutes will likely be eaten by guys like Letang, Subban, Weber, Keith, Pietreanglo, Seabrook. He might not even have made the roster even fully healthy.

In terms of suspension, I think its going to be pretty substantial. Lappy is considered a dirty player and he caused injury to a star. I would expect up to 10 games

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For better or worse, you may be counting him out far too early as his injury appears to be far less severe than originally feared.

After being taken off on a stretcher early in Tuesday's game, San Jose Sharks defenceman Dan Boyle appears to be feeling better than expected on Wednesday.

Boyle left the Sharks' 6-2 win over the St. Louis Blues early with a head injury after Blues forward Maxim Lapierre hit him from behind.

Boyle was reported alert and responsive Tuesday night and according to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com, Boyle texted he was doing all right and thanked his well-wishers.

"I'm doing okay, thank you for your concern and support," Boyle said in a message directed at fans. "Means a lot to me. I've never once taken this game or any of my fans for granted. Hope to be back soon."

The Sharks announced that Boyle would be returning to San Jose on Wednesday to continue his medical care and undergo further evaluation.

Lapierre was ejected from Tuesday's game and may face further discipline from the NHL.

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