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Kris Letang has concussion symptoms

Posted on: March 1, 2012 5:43 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2012 5:52 pm
PenguinsBy: Adam Gretz

When defenseman Kris Letang had to leave Wednesday's game in Dallas after being on the receiving end of a big hit from Stars forward Eric Nystrom, the biggest concern for the Penguins had to be whether or not their best blueliner suffered another concussion. He's already missed more than 20 games this season due to one concussion, which came after a hit by Montreal's Max Pacioretty. The Penguins have had their share of concussion-related issues this season including injuries to Sidney Crosby, Tyler Kennedy, Arron Asham and, as already mentioned, Letang.

Following Thursday morning's practice in Denver, where the Penguins will play the Avalanche on Saturday, coach Dan Bylsma revealed that Letang is in fact suffering from concussion symptons and will return to Pittsburgh on Sunday for more observation.

Nystrom received a two-minute for roughing on the play, and there was much debate as to whether or not he would face any supplemental discipline from the NHL. Brendan Shanahan, vice president of player safety, announced that Nystrom will not face any additional discipline.

Wrote Shanahan on his official Twitter feed, "Our view is that Letang lunges forward just prior to contact and although it appears that the chin is grazed by the side of Nystrom's arm, the right chest and shoulder of Letang remain the PPOC (principal point of contact)."

NBC's Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick were among the people debating (screaming at each is more like it) whether or not Nystrom should face discipline, and it's probably a shock to anybody that is familair with his opinions on these matters but Milbury was actually on the side of supplemental discipline. Roenick, however, wasn't hearing it as the video below (via wyshynski) shows:

It's a tough play to judge, and it's impossible to figure out what Nystrom's intent was, but it does seem a bit interesting that after facing mounting criticism earlier in the season for the number of suspensions he had been handing out during his first months on the job, the amount of supplemental discipline coming out of the NHL offices has slowed down considerably. You could argue that players cleaned up their act, but there have been plenty of examples of plays that drew punishment earlier in the season but have been overlooked in recent weeks and months.

Two such examples: Ottawa's Kyle Turris and his hit on Boston's Joe Corvo last week, and David Clarkson's charging incident on Monday night.

Either way, the potential loss of Letang for any length of time is a big one for the Penguins. With him they are a serious contender for the Stanley Cup. Without him ... they're probably not.

Previously at Eye On Hockey

Video: Letang injured after hit by Nystrom

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Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 10:18 am

Kris Letang has concussion symptoms

Dawgmeat,your comments are filled with tons of intelligence,do all of us a favor in here and just drop dead

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2012 12:37 pm
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Since: Jul 3, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2012 5:14 pm

Kris Letang has concussion symptoms

Letang saw him coming... players can't put themselves in those positions... 

I'm a Pens fan... I saw it and don't have a problem with it...  Letang put himself in a bad spot and dude hit him...  

It wasn't anything like the Cooke hit or other blind siders...  

I agree with Roenick on this one... hate to see him hurt obviously as a Pens fan but it happens...

So, you just play on and see what happens...

March of the Penguins...  Ott kinds wussed out... after running around Asham challenged him and he skated... hate that crap...  

;     &nbs

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 4:59 pm

Kris Letang has concussion symptoms

Roenick has always been overly opinionated, and ego-driven.  He has a case of the azz because the Blackhawks haven't retired their number.  Well it took a long time for them to acknowledge guys like Mikita and Hull who were better players than Roenick.  Add in the fact that he was one of the instigators of the infamous motel room destructions at the Olymoics, and he choked bigtime in his only trip to the Cup finals in '91.  My opinion of him is much lower than his opinion of himself.

Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 3:59 pm

Kris Letang has concussion symptoms

And to you, vigilante man (this tells us all we really need to know), Nystrom did have the option to play the freaking puck, but that was not an "option" for the wuss, not when he has a chance to injure a superior player.  The top players tend to get extra attention, but we used to have a remedy for the borderline bullshit going on constantly, as these morons risked getting their asses kicked.  But now fighting is reduced and nearly eliminated, so this is what's left of the nastiness.  Jackasses running around with little to regard for the puck. 

Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 3:34 pm

Kris Letang has concussion symptoms

dcn...Philly guy, if there are no good players that actually want to play the game, that is to play the puck (which Nystrom made no attempt to do), nobody will be watching the game before long.  Except maybe you and some of your ilk who love brutal mediocrity.  But the game itself will fall even further, behind bowling or cage fighting.  But maybe changing some rules to promote fighting again will actually clean this type of stuff up.  You ought to be down with that.  Asham tried to fight Ott and Nystrom, but with the instigator rule they had the option of failing to accept and Asham would have had to have risked a penalty in a close game.  Our best fighter isn't even with the team anymore, and wussies like nystrom ("If I play the puch I'M going to get hit.") skate around looking to take someone out.  It BS!  Maybe a REAL MAN, like all you violence-loving Philly guys think you are, would play the F-ing puck and risk taking a shot himself.

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:23 am

Kris Letang has concussion symptoms

Clean hard hit. NBC announcers are little whiney babies and if they don't stop complaining every night that fighting and hitting is bad for the game, I am going to stop watching hockey.

Since: Jan 4, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2012 8:50 am

Kris Letang has concussion symptoms(wow)

yah'JR..."Im a tough hockey player" Kris Letang is soft errrr...............BS,,,i can't access anything correctly.........yah Steckel and Nystrom are ending great players careers and its ok.....Garage League

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 12:10 am

Kris Letang has concussion symptoms

I thought Letang put himself in a bad spot and gave Nystrom no choice, other than to finish the hit or step out of Letang's way (never a real option)...  Even Bylsma said so...

Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: March 1, 2012 8:23 pm

Kris Letang has concussion symptoms

You probably study the Zapruder tape for evidence Kennedy moved his head into the path of the bullet.

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