Nikita Zadorov suffered a concussion from that Tom Wilson hit


The Colorado Avalanche are hurting in more ways than one following Friday’s 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals.

However you feel about Tom Wilson‘s hit on Nikita Zadorov, it’s clear that it left Zadorov with an injury.

Patrick Roy confirmed that the young defenseman suffered a concussion from that thunderous check, which was not penalized. The Colorado Avalanche didn’t provide further details regarding how long Zadorov will be out because of that concussion.

The Avs only have four games left in the regular season. While they’re not technically eliminated, last night’s loss made it tough to imagine them playing beyond game 82 … so there’s a chance we might not see Zadorov again this season.

Was it worthy of a suspension or worse? Decide for yourself in the video above.

Penguins’ Fleury will miss Saturday’s clash with Isles because of a concussion

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) blocks a shot during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury on Saturday afternoon because of a concussion.

This is the second time Fleury’s been sidelined with a concussion in 2015-16. The 31-year-old missed eight games between Dec. 16 and Dec. 31 for the same reasons. It’s unclear how long Fleury will be out, but with their playoff spot locked up, the Penguins will allow their goaltender to heal up before the start of the postseason.

“Marc wasn’t feeling well when he came to the rink [Friday] and we sent him to see our doctors,” head coach Mike Sullivan said, per the Post-Gazette. “He was diagnosed with a concussion [Friday] afternoon, so he’s not with us right now.”

Saturday’s game between Pittsburgh and New York will be huge for both teams. The Islanders will have an opportunity to cut the gap between themselves, the Rangers and the Penguins if they can get the two points this afternoon. The Pens will look to cement their spot in second place.

Here’s an updated look at the Metro Division standings:


Perron has a separated shoulder, Andersen has a concussion, Rakell has appendicitis, Lindholm has the flu, otherwise all good for the Ducks

Anaheim Ducks' Sami Vatanen, right, from Finland, celebrates with David Perron his goal against the Calgary Flames' during second period NHL action in Calgary, Alberta, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016. (Larry MacDougal/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

It was quite the barrage of injury news today in Anaheim. Let’s run down the list, shall we?

David Perron has a separated shoulder and is out until at least mid-April. The estimate was 4-6 weeks from the time he was injured on March 20.

Frederik Andersen has a concussion. He suffered it Wednesday versus Calgary. No timeline was provided. Anton Khudobin has been called up to replace him. John Gibson is the likely starter tonight versus the visiting Canucks.

— Rickard Rakell has appendicitis. He’s out a week.

— Hampus Lindholm has the flu. He’ll miss tonight’s game.

Oh, and there was this:

That’s it for the health updates (we think), but not for the news. The Ducks called up forward Chris Wagner from the AHL this morning, then announced a two-year contract extension for the 24-year-old. So at least somebody got some good news today.

At any rate, Perron’s injury is probably the most significant. He’s scored eight goals with 12 assists in 28 games for the Ducks since being traded from Pittsburgh.

He’s hoping to return ahead of schedule.

“I know we’ve announced a timeline, but I want to beat it,” Perron told reporters. “I feel good and the rehab is going well. I’m in the gym every day.”

Bad news for Blues: Bouwmeester out indefinitely with ‘possible concussion’

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St. Louis can’t catch a break.

After looking like they might finally get to full health after an injury-plagued campaign, Jay Bouwmeester is now sidelined indefinitely for what the club is calling a “upper-body injury.”

More, from the Post-Dispatch:

The veteran defenseman is dealing with concussion-related symptoms, but the diagnosis has not yet been confirmed. If indeed that conclusion is eventually drawn, it would be his second concussion this season.

The Blues are referring to Bouwmeester’s injury as an “upper-body” injury and listing him as “day to day,” but he’s already been ruled out of tonight’s game against Colorado and there is no timetable for his return.

Bouwmeester hasn’t played since the club returned home from a five-game road trip, which ended with a 1-0 win at San Jose last Tuesday.

Bouwmeester suffered a concussion back in January on a hit from Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, and missed four games a result. It doesn’t take much to connect the dots between the January incident and the fact that now, two months later, Bouwmeester’s being treated for concussion-related symptoms.

That said, Ken Hitchcock said the latest Bouwmeester injury is due to a “one-time incident,” not a lingering ailment.

Regardless, the setback comes at a terrible time as the Blues have just six games left in the regular season, and are also currently without another d-man in Carl Gunnarsson, who’s out with a lower-body injury.

With those two out of the lineup, St. Louis will ice a blueline comprised of Kevin Shattenkirk, Alex Pietrangelo, Colton Parayko, Joel Edmundson, Petteri Lindbohm and Robert Bortuzzo.

But considering that group shut out Washington on Saturday (and the fact the Blues haven’t allowed a goal in four games), maybe things aren’t as grim.

Emails show NHL’s discussions about fighting, concussions and ‘personal tragedies’

NHL hockey commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to the media, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, after attending an NHL owners meeting in Boca Raton, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

As part of an ongoing concussion lawsuit, a Minnesota federal court unsealed some provocative emails between Gary Bettman, Bill Daly and former Department of Player Safety head Brendan Shanahan.

TSN’s Rick Westhead tracked down those emails and transcribed some of those exchanges, with a chain from 2011 (a time of considerable tragedies for enforcers) standing out.

It’s a lot to absorb, and you absolutely should read the article at TSN, but perhaps we can provide a quick synopsis.

Maybe the most significant exchange took place between Bettman and Daly while they were discussing a Globe & Mail article titled “Getting Rid of Hockey’s Goons,” which Shanahan apparently sent to them:

“Do you remember what happened when we tried to eliminate the staged fights?” Bettman wrote in a Sept. 3, 2011, email to Shanahan and Daly. “The ‘fighters’ objected and so did the pa [NHLPA]. Eliminating fighting would mean eliminating the jobs of the ‘fighters’, meaning that these guys would not have NHL careers. An interesting question is whether being an NHL fighter does this to you (I don’t believe so) or whether a certain type of person (who wouldn’t otherwise be skilled enough to be an NHL player) gravitates to this job (I believe more likely).”

Daly replied: “I tend to think its a little bit of both. Fighting raises the incidence of head injuries/concussions, which raises the incidence of depression onset, which raises the incidence of personal tragedies.”

Lawyers for the former NHL players keyed on Daly’s comment in particular, as Michael Cashman told Westhead that “this internal email from senior NHL executive Bill Daly to commissioner Bettman acknowledges the link between head injuries, depression and personal tragedies.”

The NHL attempted to get those and other emails sealed by the court, but back in January, Bettman said “they’ll be a distraction at best, but I don’t think they impact the rest of the case.”

(We’ll have to wait and see as far as that is concerned.)

The above exchange is probably the most interesting detailed in Westhead’s article, although there are plenty of other facets worth exploring, so absolutely give it a read.