Jeff Skinner

Skinner skips AHL camp in part due to last season’s concussion

Jeff Skinner will not be playing with the AHL Charlotte Checkers for now, and it was a mutual decision between him and the Hurricanes, based on Chip Alexander’s report.

“The decision was made that Jeff could go to Charlotte at some point in time but not necessarily at this time,” Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.

Part of the reason Skinner will not be playing in the AHL is because of the concussion that forced him to miss 16 games last season. Rutherford didn’t see the need for Skinner to take part in preseason games with the Checkers. Another problem is that Charlotte will play on the road quite a bit at the start of the season.

“All of those things factored into the course we took,” Rutherford said.

Skinner still has the option to join Charlotte at another time if the lockout drags on.

Detroit’s Eaves calls concussion recovery “miserable”

Patrick Eaves, Drew Miller

Last November, Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves suffered a severe concussion (and a broken jaw) after being hit with a slapshot from Nashville’s Roman Josi:

The aftermath was a lost season and months of recovery, which Eaves describes as an awful experience.

“It’s been miserable,” Eaves told the Detroit Free Press. “It’s just no fun. I’m just worried about getting better every day — that’s all I can do.”

The incident came shortly after the 28-year-old signed a three-year, $3.6 million extension with the Wings, making the injury all the more frustrating. Eaves impressed in his first two seasons with Detroit, scoring 25 goals, but the severity of the concussion led to fear for his career.

(Eaves’ father, Mike, had his time in the NHL cut short to a concussion.)

In February, Eaves told the Red Wings’ website he had a headache “pretty much all of the time” and that physical activity was limited to riding a stationary bike.

Eaves still hasn’t been cleared by team doctors or shed the headaches, but did say they occur with less frequency.

He’s now resumed skating and hanging out with teammates, which seems to have brightened his spirits.

“The bad part is behind me now,” he explained. “This is part of the progress, skating with other guys and trying to get used to that. The speed is, obviously, not what it is at training camp.

“I’m just happy to be out there with the guys.”

Chris Pronger (concussion) is “the same”

Chris Pronger

Chris Pronger hasn’t played since Nov. 19 because of a concussion and anyone who is still hoping that he’ll be ready for the start of the 2012-13 campaign won’t like the latest news from Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren.

Holmgren said Pronger is still dealing with headaches and is “the same,” according to Sam Carchidi.

He will go to the Skate Zone at Voorhees in the coming weeks, but Holmgren said that Pronger will not be skating.

The current CBA is set to expire on Sept. 15, but if the season starts on time then the Philadelphia Flyers will be dealing with a number of injured blueliners. In addition to Pronger, Andrej Meszaros is recovering from an Achilles injury and Andreas Lilja underwent hip surgery.

Michael Sauer still isn’t over his concussion symptoms

Michael Sauer
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Michael Sauer was put out of commission with a concussion this past season in December thanks to a big hit from Toronto’s Dion Phaneuf. Sauer missed the remainder of the season with the head injury.

The bad news? He’s still feeling the effects of it now as Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports. Brooks says the Rangers aren’t optimistic about Sauer being ready for the season whether it starts on time or not.

If Sauer, said to be feeling better than he was before returning home to Minnesota for the summer but is not believed symptom-free, cannot play, he would be placed on the long-term injury list.

The good news is he’s feeling better, so that’s a start. The bad news is he’s still feeling the effects of that monster hit from nine months ago.

Sauer’s brother Kurt, formerly of the Phoenix Coyotes, has also struggled with concussion issues for the past few years. Brooks mentions their brother Craig is a former NFL player who had his career end because of, you guessed it, concussion problems. Coincidence or not that’s pretty freaky.

PHT Morning Skate: Where Marian Hossa speaks out about his concussion.

Marian Hossa

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Darryl Sutter had his turn with the Stanley Cup over the weekend and brought it “to the farm.” It wasn’t the Cup’s first trip there, but it’s the first time that Darryl has been able to deliver it. (Calgary Herald)

Corey Crawford isn’t dwelling on Chicago’s reported interest in Martin Brodeur before the future Hall of Fame goaltender re-signed with the New Jersey Devils. He’s more focused on getting ready for the 2012-13 campaign after his disappointing performance last season. (CSN Chicago)

Predators GM David Poile and Flyers GM Paul Holmgren has talked “just once” since Weber agreed to an offer sheet with Philadelphia. (Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News)

Could part of the reason that Daniel Alfredsson is being non-committal about his future be related to the CBA uncertainty? (Ottawa Sun)

Marian Hossa spoke out about the aftermath of his concussion. Sidney Crosby reached out to him and offered some advice. (Chicago Tribune)

Tomas Jurco is likely to sign an entry-level contract with Detroit when the Slovak Ice Hockey Federation and International Ice Hockey Federation reach a transfer agreement. (Detroit Free Press)