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Carolina’s Skinner has concussion, out indefinitely

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Some tough news out of Carolina on Wednesday as the Hurricanes announced Jeff Skinner would be sidelined for an undetermined length of time with a concussion.

Skinner, 20, was hurt during last Thursday’s 3-1 win over Toronto. According to Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News and Observer, Skinner took a couple of hard hits against the Leafs and also went headfirst into the boards, though he reportedly felt fine after the game, even practicing on Friday.

Over the weekend, however, things got worse — Carolina’s second-leading scorer didn’t practice on Sunday or travel to Montreal for Monday’s game against the Canadiens (a 3-0 loss).

He subsequently missed the last two days of practice.

This latest development is going to cause a lot of concern within the Carolina organization, as Skinner missed 16 games last season because of a concussion.

The 2011 Calder Trophy winner also signed a six-year, $34 million contract extension with the ‘Canes last August, a deal that will keep him in Carolina until 2019.

Avs captain Landeskog (concussion) returns to practice

Gabriel Landeskog #92 of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the Los Angeles Kings at the Pepsi Center on January 22, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Kings 3-1.
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There was a welcome sight at Avalanche practice on Tuesday as captain Gabriel Landeskog skated with teammates for the first time since being concussed in late January.

Landeskog, was injured on a Brad Stuart hit in a loss to the Sharks on Jan. 26 and had only resumed skating on his own last Friday.

He wore an orange non-contact jersey on Tuesday, but did participate in some drills.

The reigning Calder Trophy winner, Landeskog had 1G-0A-1PT through four games this year while averaging 18:34 of ice time.

There’s still no set timetable on when he could return to action.

The Avs next play on Wednesday at home against St. Louis before heading out on a three-game California road trip with games in Los Angeles (Sat, Feb. 23), Anaheim (Sun, Feb. 24) and, interestingly, San Jose (Tues, Feb. 26) — the same place that Landeskog was hurt, a month to the day from when the injury first occurred.

No concussion for Panthers’ Versteeg

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Florida Panthers winger Kris Versteeg is day-to-day with an undisclosed upper body injury, however it is not a concussion, according to Miami Herald sports writer George Richards.

Versteeg, 26, hasn’t played since Feb. 12 against the Washington Capitals. He had one goal and three points in seven games with the Panthers this season, although he had one point in his last five games.

The Panthers recalled Mike Santorelli from the San Antonio Rampage as a precaution, wrote Richards.

The Panthers are coming off a 3-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night. Leafs goalie Ben Scrivens posted a 37-save shutout. Florida is 13th in the Eastern Conference with a 4-7-4 record.

Rangers’ Powe (concussion) on IR after scary collision

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After leaving Sunday night’s 2-1 win over Washington in the wake of colliding with Caps forward Matt Hendricks, Rangers winger Darroll Powe has been placed on injured reserve with a concussion.

Here’s the incident that led to Powe’s concussion:

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Powe hadn’t scored a point in 13 games this season; he was in the middle of his fifth game as a member of the Rangers after being traded from the Minnesota Wild.

That said, it was clear the 27-year-old forward played a key role in the eyes of head coach John Tortorella.

“I missed Powe right away,” Tortorella said following the game. “He doesn’t have the stats, but it’s not always about stats.”

In Powe’s place, the Rangers have recalled forward Brandon Mashinter from AHL Connecticut.

Skinner out Monday, unclear if it’s concussion symptoms

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20-year-old forward Jeff Skinner will not be available for the Carolina Hurricanes’ contest against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday, according to The News & Observer.

Officially, he has an upper body injury, but coach Kirk Muller didn’t know if Skinner was being bothered by concussion-like symptoms after crashing head-first into the boards during Thursday’s 3-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

If you missed the hit, you can see it below:

His immediate reaction to that hit was concerning, but Skinner eventually got up and said he felt fine following the contest. He even participated in Friday’s practice, but he wasn’t feeling well when the Hurricanes got back on the ice Sunday.

Muller said Skinner will be evaluated on Tuesday.

Although this is all speculative at this point, the thought of Skinner having a concussion is particularly troubling given his history. He’s only in his third season and this could potentially be the second concussion he’s sustained while playing at the NHL level. He missed 16 games due to the injury in 2011-12.

Skinner has gotten off to a fantastic start this season with seven goals and 14 points in 13 games.