Tag:Concussions
Posted on: January 14, 2012 12:21 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2012 12:24 pm
 

James van Riemsdyk has a concussion

By: Adam Gretz

Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk has been the subject of some trade rumors over the past week. Now his name is the latest one added to the list of NHL players out with a concussion.

Said Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren on Saturday, "James was hit in the head in each of our last two games. He reported yesterday, not feeling like himself. He will be out indefinitely with a concussion."

Philadephia has been hit hard with concussion issues this season, as van Riemsdyk joins teammates Claude Giroux, Brayden Schenn and Chris Pronger (likely out for the season as a result of his) as players to miss time this season with one.

In 37 games this season he's scored 11 goals and recorded 11 assists.

Over the past couple of days the rumor mill has been swirling with van Riemsdyk's name being mentioned as a possibile target of the Toronto Maple Leafs in a deal that would have involved Luke Schenn. As should be expected, both teams have denied the rumors.

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Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:49 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 4:51 pm
 

Penguins players support Crosby by wearing 'C'



By: Adam Gretz

As was expected, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby skated by himself on Friday morning as he continues his most recent attempt to return to the lineup.

He's been out since a December 5 against Boston, and there's been little said regarding his condition, status or when he can reasonably be expected to return to game action. That silence, which has been deafening at times, has been frustrating for many, and recently there have been reports surfacing that the frustration has reached the Penguins' locker room.

On Friday morning Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review penned a column that touched on the subject, and dropped this nugget into the mix:
But let me lay this out now: The Penguins, the public and, yes, Crosby all need to learn how to handle this situation better in the future.

That begins with the locker room.

A few, certainly not all, of Crosby's teammates are of the mind that he's been symptom-free for a while, though they have no medical basis for that. Some think he should be playing. Some simply think he should be doing more to communicate, or at least be as visible as concussed defenseman Kris Letang.

Last week in Pittsburgh, according to three sources, a group of players held a 45-minute meeting to discuss a temporary captaincy. Another source disputed that any such meeting occurred.

The biggest thing there is, obviously, is the last part, and that would certainly be something if it actually happened.

So what did the Penguins do on Friday when they hit the ice in Miami for their morning skate prior to their game against the Panthers? Every player on the roster appeared on the ice wearing a "C" on their jersey (except for Evgeni Malkin, who is Russian -- he had a "K" on his), a move that Shelly Anderson of the Post-Gazette said the players made clear was to "support Crosby and have some fun."

If there is any dissension in the ranks, they're certainly doing a good job of hiding it here.

Previously at Eye On Hockey

Crosby to join Penguins on road trip
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Posted on: January 12, 2012 7:04 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2012 7:08 pm
 

Umberger out indefinitely with concussion



By: Adam Gretz


Anaheim's Jean-Francois Jacques received a three-game suspension earlier this week for a hit to the head of Columbus Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger. During Brendan Shanahan's video breakdown of the play and his explanation for the suspension, he noted that Umberger's lack of an injury as a result of the hit went into his decision.

Even though it appeared at the time that Umberger was uninjured, we now know, less than a week later, that he is going to be sidelined indefinitely with a concussion that is believed to have come as a result of that play during Sunday's 7-4 loss to the Ducks.

Umberger was able to play on Tuesday night, Columbus' first game after that incident, and even scored a goal in a 5-2 loss to Chicago. As of Thursday, it's not yet known when he will suit up next for the Jackets.

“It’s a big blow,” general manager Scott Howson told Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch. “Obviously, R.J. is a big part of this team, and he’s a guy who has always played through a lot of injuries to keep himself in the lineup. But I’m glad he’s taken this step. We’re going to take it slow and handle it the right way, show every bit of patience that is required of an injury like this.”

In 42 games this season Umberger has scored seven goals and recorded 11 assists. He's not only the latest NHL player to go out with a concussion, he's also the latest in a long line of Blue Jackets players to be out of the lineup for any injury, joining a list that already includes Jeff Carter, James Wisniewski and Kristian Huselius.

Previously at Eye On Hockey

Jean-Francois Jacques Suspended
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Posted on: January 11, 2012 6:01 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2012 6:08 pm
 

Crosby to join Pens on trip; still no timetable

By: Adam Gretz

It's been extremely quiet on the Sidney Crosby front recently, and as the Penguins continue to struggle to score goals and win games in the face of mounting injuries, that silence was starting to lead to a lot of questions regarding his status.

The Penguins announced on Wednesday evening, just two hours before the start of their game with the Capitals, that Crosby will be joining the team in Washington and will accompany them on their road trip to Florida. Even though he is scheduled to skate on his own, head coach Dan Bylsma said that there is still no timetable for his return.

Crosby hasn't played for the Penguins since December 5 against the Boston Bruins, a game that saw him take several hits, including a center ice collision with teammate Chris Kunitz, as well an elbow from David Krejci.

The timing of this announcement, as well as Crosby joining the team on the road, is definitely interesting, if not totally bizarre. Following the Penguins' 5-1 loss to Ottawa on Tuesday night Bylsma was pressed on the issue (Crosby's status, as well as the status of defenseman Kris Letang, out with a concussion)

"He's still light exercise off the ice and hasn't gone to a different stage in his rehab in terms of his symptoms, said Bylsma in his post-game press conference.

"The injury they have is symptom based, you don't progress until those symptoms go away. Kris Letang is obviously on the ice and skating, he's progress and Sid is still in light exercise off the ice."

Crosby, of course, missed the second half of last season, as well as the playoffs and the first month-and-a-half of this season due to a concussion. In the eight games he played this season he scored two goals to go with 10 assists.

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Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:12 pm
 

Wild's Bouchard out with concussion-like symptoms

By Brian Stubits

Pierre-Marc Bouchard missed all but one game in 2009-10 with a concussion. That same concussion cost him the end of the 2008-09 season and beginning of the 2010-11 campaign. So he knows all about hockey's big problem.

Unfortunately for him, he is being reminded about it now.

The Minnesota Wild announced on Tuesday that Bouchard is out indefinitely with concussion-like symptoms. They are waiting for more information before dropping the symptoms part and going with full out concussion, but if we've learned anything in the last year, that's likely where this is headed.

A little more from Michael Russo at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

According to GM Chuck Fletcher, Bouchard hasn't felt comfortable since the Zach Bogosian check into the boards last month in Winnipeg. Late in last week's Vancouver game, Bouchard was elbowed and has been experiencing symptoms.

Fletcher said Bouchard's symptoms aren't near as severe as when he was out with post-concussion syndrome during the year-plus away. Fletcher did admit they were being vague with Bouchard's injury, but he did suffer a groin strain as well against Vancouver and the Wild didn't want to use the concussion word until it had more information.

In case you need a reminder on that tough hit from Bogosian on Bouchard from earlier this season, here you go.

We've seen time and time again how bad things can get with repeated concussions. Moreover, it's been known to make guys more susceptible to more concussions down the line. I really hope that's not the case for Bouchard.

From an on-ice standpoint, the Wild will certainly miss Bouchard while he's out, too. They have been struggling to find offense for weeks now and losing a play-making winger who has 22 points in 37 games isn't a good way to get to that end.

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:21 pm
 

Predators' Weber (concussion) cleared to return

By Brian Stubits

Good news not only for the Nashville Predators but for the NHL, Shea Weber was cleared to play on Thursday. He's been out since Dec. 23 suffering from a concussion.

The Preds captain is likely to be in the lineup on Thursday night when Nashville hosts the Dallas Stars. It's an interesting game for Weber to return in for it was a hit from the Stars' Mark Fistric that left Weber concussed. How it didn't receive supplemental discipline is beyond me (the league said there was not enough visual evidence).

Obviously his presence is a big lift for the Predators. He might just be the favorite to win the Norris Trophy this year as the league's top defenseman. He's one of Nashville's biggest offensive producers despite the fact that he plays on the blue line. In short, he's really good and what team doesn't like to get its really good players back?

Then again, it's not like the Predators have struggled much since Weber's been gone. They are 3-1 in the four games that Weber hasn't played, including wins in three consecutive games.

It's just nice to write about guys returning from concussions these days after writing so often about players sustaining concussions.

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: January 2, 2012 1:05 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2012 1:28 pm
 

Rangers' Marc Staal will play in Winter Classic

By Brian Stubits

PHILADELPHIA -- It's becoming a Staal family tradition.

Just like his brother Jordan for the Pittsburgh Penguins one year ago, New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal is going to make his return in the Winter Classic today as the Rangers take on the Philadelphia Flyers.

Marc Staal has been out all season long, being shut down in the preseason for precautionary reasons. He didn't play for the remainder of 2011 because of a concussion. But with the new year comes a new start and Staal is finally healthy enough to return.

"I sat down and asked him, 'do you want to play?' I've heard so many different things and Marc was talking quite a bit," coach John Tortorella said before the game. "I said 'Staals, I don't care about anybody else's opinion, are you OK to play?' He said he was, so he's playing."

The next question becomes about what the Rangers can expect from Staal in this game. He hasn't played since last season's playoffs so presumably there's a lot of game rust to get rid of.

"If Marc Staal tells me, and as I've told you all before, I needed a yes or a no. I got a yes from my trainer, I got a yes from my doctor and more importantly I got a yes from the player," Tortorella said. "He's going to play. I don't care if we're playing in a creek somewhere, he's going to play.

"As far as the minutes and the things that go along with Marc Staal, that's going to take time as far as where he's going to sit within our lineup. He'll play in the third period today and we'll make judgments as we go through. We're not putting him in a top four position and we'll make judgments about his game as it goes along here and he starts playing again."

As for who the Rangers will sit, Tortorella said before the game that he hadn't even made the decision yet.

"I haven't even talked to the player yet because not even all the players are even here yet. I'm still not sure."

That's going to be a knee to the gut for whichever player that will be. Imagine preparing to play in the Winter Classic only to arrive at the stadium and be told you're out. Ouch.

The Winter Classic's faceoff was moved back to a 3 p.m. ET start because of temperature and concerns over the glare on the ice

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Posted on: December 28, 2011 2:13 pm
Edited on: December 28, 2011 2:14 pm
 

Sidney Crosby still suffering concussion symptoms

By Brian Stubits

For the first time in almost a month, the Pittsburgh Penguins have issued an update on Sidney Crosby's recovery effort. It's a little bit of good news, little bit of bad news.

The good news is that Crosby is working out with the team, even if they are of the "light" variety. That's what coach Dan Bylsma had to say on Tuesday.

The bad news, however, is a lot worse than the good news is good. Bylsma also shared that Crosby continues to experience concussion symptoms.

It has been just about a month since Crosby last played, a home loss against the Boston Bruins. It was his eighth game since returning from a 10-month absence due to two concussions he suffered in January. So the fact that he's still experiencing the symptoms is very discouraging.

The team has not announced that Crosby suffered another concussion, saying only that he passed the ImPACT test. That means it's possible that these are effects still being felt from his original concussions. Either that or he suffered another one and it wasn't detected, certainly a possibility.

We have learned our lesson already, it's pretty much impossible to put any kind of timeline on a recovery from a concussion, but it sounds like we're still a ways away from seeing Crosby back in game action.

More NHL Concussion News Here

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