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Top goal scorer Michalek day to day (concussion)

Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:06 pm
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By Brian Stubits

For the second time in as many days, one of the offensive leaders in the NHL is out of action with a concussion. If you want to add another superstar being out with concussion-like symptoms, then it's three for three.

Monday it was Sidney Crosby announcing he's out indefinitely. Tuesday the Flyers said leading scorer Claude Giroux is out with a concussion. Now the same goes for the NHL's surprising leading goal scorer from the Ottawa Senators, Milan Michalek.

As was the case with Giroux, Michalek's concussion was sustained in a collision with a teammate, not an opponent. In Tuesday's OT win in Buffalo, Michalek ran into his young and talented defenseman Erik Karlsson, which certainly seems to be the culprit hit. It came a short while after Michalek passed Phil Kessel and Steven Stamkos for the league lead in goals with his 19th of the season.

The good news for the Senators, however, is that Michalek is said to be feeling better today and as of now is being listed as just day to day. It's possible he won't miss any time at all, though it is doubtful. Better to be safe than sorry.

"I don't think it's going to ruin his year, much like the other major injuries he's had in the past," coach Doug MacLean said.

This is the second concussion Michalek has suffered dating back to January 2010.

You have to wonder what steps will be next by the NHL to try and help solve this concussion issue. The league is already trying to cut down on them by punishing bad hits. Now they might inspect the equipment again. Everybody knows it will be impossible to get rid of the concussion danger in hockey. In a physical sport such as it is, it's inherent. But they should do all they can to reduce the odds.

There is already one owner, the Flyers' Ed Snider, saying the equipment is too hard now. Whether or not they do anything in the near future is still to be determined, but it will at least remain a conversation when top players are dropping like flies.

For those keeping track at home, that's the league's leading scorer (Giroux) and leading goal-scorer (Michalek) in the last 48 hours. You can also add in Crosby and Mike Richards.

Kessel and Stamkos: Keep your heads up and on that proverbial swivel.

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Comments

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 9:21 am
 

Top goal scorer Michalek day to day (concussion)

I honestly think part of the (not entire) reason for the increase in concussions is because of how the game changed.


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Players use to use hip checks to throw skaters off stride, now it seems they are always going high.     
    



Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 6:10 pm
 

Top goal scorer Michalek day to day (concussion)

Because its fairly irrelevant to the issue.


From the person who said skate blades, because they're so dull, aren't dangerous. Brilliant reasoning yet again. I'm sure David Booth, Marc Savard, and countless others, all feel it is very relevant.

Your argument is akin to saying why bother to deal with drunk drivers, you can get killed by a sober person.



Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 5:45 pm
 

Top goal scorer Michalek day to day (concussion)

Because its fairly irrelevant to the issue.  Do you understand how a concussion is cause.  You can get a concussion without even getting hit in the head.



Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 4:48 pm
 

Top goal scorer Michalek day to day (concussion)

It is hard to understand why the league has not already addressed the body armor that players are currently allowed to wear. Failure to make a change in this area during this coming offseason will be inexcuseable. 



Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 4:03 pm
 

Top goal scorer Michalek day to day (concussion)

Crosby, Schenn, Giroux, Michalek, Pronger, Richards (?)....i am sure I missed others who are probably out as well.....its crazy. 
Apparently Skinner and Pitkanen have concussions as well...



Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 3:59 pm
 

Top goal scorer Michalek day to day (concussion)

Its a shame I hope he does not miss much time but comes back healthy...

I honestly think part of the (not entire) reason for the increase in concussions is because of how the game changed. The NHL wanted to create a quicker and fast paced game with high scoring. Well when you make it faster you make the hits usually harder.

Concussions have always been an issue in every sport but being a hockey phanatic I have noticed since the lockout an increase. We once used to hear stories of Lindros or maybe 1-2 guys every couple years getting them...now its almost 1-2 guys a week.

Crosby, Schenn, Giroux, Michalek, Pronger, Richards (?)....i am sure I missed others who are probably out as well.....its crazy. 


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