Blues forward David Perron shut down for the season due to concussion issues

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While we’ve seen and heard plenty about Sidney Crosby and his struggles in returning from a concussion (including some outlandish stories), St. Louis Blues forward David Perron has been out of action since November 4th.

In a game against the Sharks, Perron sustained a blow to the head from Sharks captain Joe Thornton as Thornton was leaving the penalty box. Perron never saw him coming and Thornton connected with a vicious shot to the head of Perron.

With Perron continuing to struggle recovering from his concussion, the Blues are opting to shut down Perron for the remainder of the season. St. Louis is essentially out of the running for the playoffs in the Western Conference and getting Perron healthy so he can play next season is their top priority for him now. Stressing him out  in trying to get him back on the ice before the end of the season would do him no favors in trying to recover, and shutting him down should help him in his efforts to eventually get back on the ice.

With Perron setting the tone now, all eyes turn to Crosby as to whether or not he’ll play again this year. Teams are clearly taking the treatment of concussions more serious now and whether or not the NHL’s top player makes a return to the Penguins lineup this year will become an even bigger story.

Here are the 10 oldest players to play a game this season

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This isn’t breaking news or anything. We just thought you’d like to know that three of the NHL’s 10 oldest players (who’ve played at least one game this season) are members of the Florida Panthers.

Oh, and the Panthers’ starting goalie? He’s the oldest starter in the league. (Scroll down.)

Here’s the list of skaters, topped by 43-year-old Jaromir Jagr:


Yet another veteran Panther, 36-year-old defenseman Brian Campbell, ranks 17th on the list.

Granted, the above list does not include 39-year-old Patrik Elias (who’s hurt) or 39-year-old Eric Boulton (who just re-signed with the Isles). As soon as those two play, Thornton will get pushed out of the top 10.

Now here’s the list of goalies who’ve started at least one game this season, topped by 36-year-old Roberto Luongo:


For the record, Luongo isn’t the oldest goalie under contract. That would be Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom, who’s 37.

Related: Can Florida’s old guys hang on while the young guys get better?

Hamburglar (groin) returns, Sens demote O’Connor

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Matt O'Connor‘s time in the Canadian capital was brief, but still noteworthy.

O’Connor, the losing netminder in Sunday’s “Battle of the Backups” against Montreal — Habs No. 2 Mike Condon got the win — has been sent down to AHL Binghamton to pave the way for Andrew Hammond‘s return from a groin injury, per the Sun.

The Hamburglar has been out since the preseason, but his return is earlier than expected.

He was originally supposed to miss the first two weeks, yet now sounds as though he’ll play one of Ottawa’s two games on an upcoming road trip through Columbus and Pittsburgh.

It’s going to be interesting to see if Hammond can replicate the success he had last season, when he came out of nowhere to go 20-1-2 with a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage, and finish seventh in Vezina voting.