Patrick Wey

Caps’ Wey retires at 24 due to concussions


Defenseman Patrick Wey worked his way through Boston College and made his NHL debut with the Washington Capitals on Oct. 7, 2013 at the age of 22. After suffering multiple concussions though, he’s decided to hang up his skates, per the Capitals’ official website’s Mike Vogel.

He sustained his first concussion in what proved to be his final NHL game on March 30, 2014 during a fight with Predators forward Rich Clune. The fact that an experienced combatant like Clune agreed to spar with the rookie didn’t sit well with the Capitals.

“They had a little tangle before the fight and they were talking to each other a bit and Weysie seemed to be a willing combatant,” Troy Brouwer said at the time. “But at the same point guys who are known to be fighters, they have to have enough respect to pick their spots to know when guys are able to fight fighters.”

For his part, Clune reached out to Wey after the incident.

Wey was concussed again in Oct. 24 after absorbing a high hit from Jay Rosehill. He wasn’t able to return from that injury.

Bickell says he cleared concussion test, but doesn’t know what’s wrong

Bryan Bickell

TAMPA — It’s not a concussion.

But other than ruling that possibility out, Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell isn’t quite sure what’s been ailing him.

“I don’t know exactly what it is,” he said today. “It’s something that comes and goes. It could come after I’m done talking to you. I don’t know.”

Bickell was forced to miss Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final with what the club called an “upper-body” injury. He also played just 4:22 in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final.

“We did all those concussion tests and everything was clear,” he said. “It’s just a frustrating thing to come up this time of year.”

Bickell practiced today and hopes to play tomorrow; however, his status remains unclear, whether he’s healthy or not.

That’s because Kris Versteeg drew into the lineup for Bickell on Wednesday and impressed coach Joel Quenneville.

“I liked his game,” Quenneville said. “He had good pace to his game. Good energy.”

Bickell skated in Marcus Kruger’s spot on the fourth line in practice today. Quenneville said Kruger was resting.

Wings expect Franzen (concussion) to play next year

Detroit Red Wings v Edmonton Oilers

The Detroit Red Wings are operating under the assumption that Johan Franzen will be fully healthy by the start of training camp.

“I’m told he’s working out every day,” GM Ken Holland told MLive yesterday. “The expectation is that over the course of the summer, he’s going to be healthy.

“I expect to see him in training camp. I expect to see him playing hockey next year. Until I hear otherwise, that’s how I’m going to proceed.”

Franzen missed the entire second half of this past season with a concussion, finishing 2014-15 with seven goals and 15 assists in 33 games.

Earlier this month, the 35-year-old winger said he was feeling better, but remained unsure if he’d be able to keep playing.

Franzen has suffered multiple concussions throughout his career. He remains under contract to the Wings through 2019-20.