Habs GM Bergevin: Parros ‘almost symptom-free’ from concussion

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After a scary incident in Montreal’s season-opening loss to Toronto, George Parros is getting better.

On Wednesday, Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin told the Montreal Gazette that Parros — concussed after falling to the ice in a fight with Colton Orr — is “almost symptom-free.”

The Gazette also reports Montreal is in no hurry to get its moustachioed enforcer back into action, citing the delicate nature of concussion recovery.

Parros, 33, was hurt during this tangle on Oct. 1:

Parros was hospitalized following the fall and suffered no fractures, later released after his CT scan came back negative.

Report: Preds’ Josi already has troubling concussion history


Seeing your recently re-signed defenseman suffer a concussion is bad enough. The Nashville Predators might feel even worse this weekend if Swiss outlet Tages Anzeiger’s claim that Roman Josi just suffered his fifth concussion since 2009 is true.

Josi is only 23, so that’s a really troubling collection of head injuries over a short period of time.

The offensively skilled defenseman was injured via a questionable hit by Colorado Avalanche winger Steve Downie on Friday:

Word is that Downie, 26, won’t hear from the NHL regarding that controversial check.

He’ll still have his hands full when Colorado faces the Predators on Nov. 6, as Paul Gaustad publicly hinted at retribution.

Either way, it won’t make Josi’s recovery any easier, especially if he really has such a history of head injuries.

Considering Pekka Rinne’s rocky start after returning from offseason hip surgery, the Predators might be feeling a little uneasy about some of their long-term contracts right now.

(H/T to the Score by way of the Nashville Examiner.)

Predators’ Josi out with concussion


The news out of Nashville for Predators defenseman Roman Josi is about as expected as it can get.

Joshua Cooper of The Tennessean reports Josi did not skate at the team’s practice this morning and he’s officially out with a concussion. Ryan Ellis is believed to get the call to take his spot in the lineup.

Josi suffered the injury on Friday night in Denver courtesy of a monster hit from Avalanche forward Steve Downie. The hit was ruled to be legal by the NHL Player Safety Board and he went unpunished for the play. He was, however, assessed at two-minute minor for charging.

This turn of events, as Cooper noted in his story, could lead to seeing Seth Jones pair up with Shea Weber. Josi has been his defensive partner since last season after Ryan Suter signed with Minnesota. Jones and Weber did work together a little bit in training camp this year.

Replacing Josi won’t be easy as he’s good for 25 minutes played per game.

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Parros suffered a concussion, but he’s alert and conscious


The Montreal Canadiens announced that George Parros suffered a concussion but is alert and conscious after the scary fall he suffered while fighting Toronto Maple Leafs enforcer Colton Orr on Tuesday.

Considering how frightening that moment was, things probably could’ve been a lot worse. Here’s video of the crash:

Tonight marked the 33-year-old’s Habs debut. Hopefully we’ll see him again soon … but not before he’s physically ready, of course.

Phoenix’s Klesla (concussion) ‘resting comfortably’ after Nolan hit

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Good news out of Coyotes practice today regarding the health of defenseman Rostislav Klesla — head coach Dave Tippett said Klesla had been released from hospital and was “resting comfortably” at home.

“He probably has a little bit of a headache but he’s home, which is a good sign,” Tippett told the team website following Monday’s practice.

Klesla, 31, was stretchered off the ice Sunday after taking a hit from Los Angeles forward Jordan Nolan in a split squad game. He was kept at a local hospital until approximately 4 a.m., according to the Arizona Republic, and is now dealing with the effects of a concussion and whiplash.

Nolan was given two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct and, of note, had been penalized for roughing earlier in the period.

Following the hit on Klesla, ‘Yotes forward Paul Bissonnette left the bench to try and fight Nolan, earning himself a game misconduct in the process. Bissonnette now faces the possibility of a 10-game suspension for his actions.

Earlier today, PHT reached out to the NHL for confirmation of potential disciplinary action. A league spokesman said the incidents were still being evaluated.