The IR – Concussions, Concussions…

by Dobber Sports on December 14, 2011


Not only does Harling dig up what little there is to find on injured players, this week he also puts together his “All-Concussion” Team.


Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins – Concussion – Indefinitely

Justin Bourne reports the latest on Sid’s concussion status. Given the severity of his first concussion and how long it took Sid to recover, it is very concerning that the symptoms have returned after his bump with David Krejci. I can’t help but remember Pat LaFontaine, and how his last concussion was incurred from bumping with a teammate on a line change.



Marc Staal, New York Rangers – Concussion – Indefinitely


The Blue Shirts United report Staal began skating with the Rangers in the morning skate for the first time since training camp. There is still no update on his return, but this is a good sign and generally after the first skate it is anywhere from 3-6 weeks.



Wojtek Wolski, New York Rangers – Hernia – Day-to-Day

Wolski also took the morning skate. He was wearing a non-contact jersey however, and is still some time away as he heals from his sport hernia surgery.



Jeff Skinner, Carolina Hurricanes – Undisclosed Day-to-Day

It has been widely speculated that Skinner received a concussion off a hit from Andy Sutton. Skinner missed the game in Winnipeg with “flu symptoms”, and did not play in Toronto with an undisclosed injury. Chip Alexander Tweeted GM Jim Rutherford says Skinner will be evaluated by doctors in Raleigh. Coach Kirk Muller said Skinner did not have any concussion issues. For now, Skinner is listed as day-to-day

Here is the hit:




Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers – Concussion – Indefinitely

The League leading scorer has officially been diagnosed with a concussion. As per USA Today, GM Paul Holmgren said “Over the past few days, his symptoms have gradually gotten worse. He will be out indefinitely with a concussion.”



Milan Michalek, Ottawa Senators – Concussion – Day-to-Day

Michalek scored his league leading 19th goal before he collided with teammate Erik Karlsson, and had to leave the game. AJ Jacubek tweeted Michalek has been updated with a concussion and coach Paul MacLean says Michalek feels much better today than he did last night.



Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning – Eye – Indefinitely

St. Louis took a puck in the eye at practice and is out indefinitely. The hit caused facial and nasal fractures around his left eye. He is not permitted to do any physical activity until the blood subsides from his eye. Until that happens, there is no timetable for his return.



Taylor Hall, Edmonton Oilers – Hand –Day-to-Day

Hall is back on the ice and taking full contact practice with his teammates. He has been updated to day-to-day and could return soon



Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins – Leg – Day-to-Day

The Bruins Captain has made the trip to Ottawa and will be a game-time decision if he plays.



Brian Gionta, Montreal Canadiens, – Lower-Body- Day-to-Day

Jacques Martin told the Montreal Gazette that he’s out for an “indeterminate” period, and he won’t play this week. Gionta’s Iron Man streak ended at 153 games.



Here is the all-concussion team


Jeff Skinner – Sidney Crosby – Andy McDonald

Nino Niederreiter- Mike Richards – Peter Mueller

Milan Michalek– Marc Savard – Brayden Schenn

Matt D’Agostini – Marcel Goc – Jay Beagle


Kris Letang – Marc Staal

Zbynek Michalek – Marek Zidlicky

Radek Martinek – Joni Pitkanen

Michael Sauer


Josh Harding (“head injury” but we’ll give credit to concussion anyway)