Blog Entry

Now Predators' Shea Weber out with concussion

Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:54 pm
Edited on: December 27, 2011 2:01 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

It really is becoming unbelievable the amount of concussions we're seeing the NHL these days. What's more, it seems they keep striking the best players in the league.

Now you can put arguably the NHL's top defenseman, Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators, on that list. The Predators made the announcement on Tuesday that Weber, who missed Nashville's game on Monday night vs. the Red Wings, is out with a concussion and there is no timetable for his return.

The folks at Kukla's Korner found the play where it appears Weber would have suffered the concussion, either on the hit itself or on the ensuing hit with the ice. Take a look.

Weber takes a brutal shot on the play and to me it sure looks like it's an elbow from Mark Fistric right to Weber's head. The announcers describe it as Fistric "falling into Weber" but I don't see that, particularly on the last replay. The hit somehow went under the radar -- surprising since it's a star like Weber -- and Fistric wasn't handed any supplemental discipline from the league.

A request was sent to the NHL from CBSSports.com seeking an explanation as to why Fistric's hit didn't warrant a hearing. So far, there has been no response from the league.

Remember, Fistric was already suspended three games earlier this season for charging.

But back to the issue at hand. The Predators -- and hockey fans -- are going to be out the team's best player for who knows how long. It could be a short time, it could be long. Coach Barry Trotz makes it sound like it won't be long.

"He's recovering pretty well, I would say," Trotz said. "There's a chance [Weber could play] Friday."

The good news at least is that as far as we know, Weber hasn't had any concussions in the past.

There is never a good time for injuries like this, and this one comes at about as bad a time as it can for the Preds. They have ben struggling to stop teams of late, an odd occurrence under Trotz. In the last four games, opponents have scored 19 goals on them for an average of 4.75 per game.

Not to mention he has a big source of offense for a team that doesn't have a whole lot of it. So far this season, Weber leads the team in points with 29 and his eight goals are just two behind David Legwand for the team lead. That's an awful lot of slack to pick up.

The announcement comes on the same day that two other teams saw players go down with concussions. Simon Gagne of the Kings and John-Michael Liles of the Maple Leafs will be sidelined for the same reason.

There is no doubt in my mind this concussion issue -- not an "epidemic" according to the league -- will be discussed heavily this offseason and in CBA talks.

For more hockey news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnHockey and @BrianStubitsNHL on Twitter.

Comments

Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: December 29, 2011 12:19 pm
 

Now Predators' Shea Weber out with concussion

All my life bro.  I simply said Fistric knew what he was doing.  He watched the player skate in from the goaltender on and "sized" him up.  Hell Stevens often did that and made a career out of it.  If he played today he would be the James Harrison of the NHL.  That is why you don't skate with your head down.  My arguement was Fistric did not fall into anyone as stated by the anouncer.  He knew what he was doing and nailed the target.  And my other point terv,  was the puck was NOwhere near Weber.  If you knew anything about hockey you would know that hitting a guy without the puck is Interference.



Since: Jun 7, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2011 5:20 pm
 

Now Predators' Shea Weber out with concussion

In my opinion put the two line pass back and let the goalies roam free with the puck or have automatic icing. This will cut down the number of concussion's but won't get rid of them. I love the game of hockey and I'm enjoying the growth of this sport but it will not continue to grow unless the NHL steps up to the plate and figures this out. Go Bruins!



Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2011 3:57 pm
 

Now Predators' Shea Weber out with concussion

Crate...agreed.....just take away the ridiculious elbow pads and replace with "normal" and less of this will occur...........No matte what you do though if you heads hit the ice from any check you have a chance of concussion......By the way ...I have not seen a report that says the hit caused the concussion or did he hit his head on the ice?



Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Now Predators' Shea Weber out with concussion

Hmmmm........Matteo  How much Hockey have you played?....So what you are saying is Stevens was a dirty player?



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2011 3:36 pm
 

Now Predators' Shea Weber out with concussion

Hate hearing this.  Weber is one of favorite players in the league.<br />




Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2011 2:19 pm
 

Now Predators' Shea Weber out with concussion

take the football sized shoulder pads away from these guys, make size standards for all pads on forwards and defense just like the goalies. with no risk of hurting themselves they will continue to launch themselves at the other players for that "game changing play", take it back to the good old days when if you wanted to have a momentum swing you dropped your gloves and not a forearm or shoulder to someones head.



Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: December 28, 2011 2:05 pm
 

Now Predators' Shea Weber out with concussion

Ok Tervin,  go ahead and agree with the NO CALL,  but argue this - where was the puck???  This was interference and a blatant elbow if not roughing.  He didn't fall into Weber.  He watched him come in from the point and sized him up ala Scott Stevens.  You're a turd.



Since: Jan 3, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2011 1:31 pm
 

Now Predators' Shea Weber out with concussion

Maybe athletes have outgrown the NHL? In every North American sport the athletes have become bigger, faster, stronger but the NHL and NFL are now seeing the effects when there is too much size and speed combined with violence. It may be that neither sport can do anything about the head injuries unless they find a way to limit the violence.

With regard to hockey, perhaps going back 30-40 years to limited pads, no helmets, no curved sticks, allowing some level of interfence, etc. would be worth a shot. The NHL already suffers in popularity and losing the major stars makes a bad situation worse. Doing nothing may just kill the sport which would be sad.



Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2011 12:49 pm
 

Now Predators' Shea Weber out with concussion

No He didn't flop...thats a bunch of crap......The point is Hitting both legal and illegal are part of the game...Always has been always will be.....Thats why they have penalties assesed for rule violations. The ones like these that are border line are judgment calls by the refs. Hockey is a fast and physical game ...sometimes even violent....and EVERY player knows the riskes and CASHES the paycheck.

If you don't like it as a spectator ...turn it off.

I also agree...the new pads are ridiculious and combined with the size and speed of today's players are causing a lot of these issues!



Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 8:33 am
 

Now Predators' Shea Weber out with concussion

That is also because players are not tough like they used to be !


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com