Concussion discussion: speed at the expense of safety?


Following last week’s alarming rash of concussions, NHL agent Alan Walsh blamed some of the “epidemic” on the increased speed of the game in the post-lockout era. It seems a bit much to ask the league to go back to Dead Puck Era rules just because of such a belief.

Still, it does beg the question: has the increase in speed come at the expense of player safety? If so, what should be done to try to find the right balance? Check out the video below for discussion on that topic.

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CNBC Sports Biz tackles NHL concussions


Concussions have obviously been a hot (if deeply sad) subject in the NHL this week. You can expect more discussion on that subject as time goes on, but here’s CNBC Sports Biz’s take on what many are calling an “epidemic.” (Quick aside: gotta love the draft day picture of Sidney Crosby.)

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Pierre-Marc Bouchard wins Goal of the Week (February 21-27)

Every week, Pro Hockey Talk will ask our readers to choose the best goal and save of that seven-day period. Sometimes there might not be seven nominees, whether that be because there weren’t enough great clips or one person received multiple awards. Either way, readers ultimately get to choose each week’s lucky winners.

Concussions are a legitimate problem in hockey just like most sports, there’s not much debate about that.

Yet amid the hysteria regarding Sidney Crosby’s issues, it’s important to note that for every Marc Savard disaster, there’s a recovery story such as that of Patrice Bergeron or Pierre-Marc Bouchard.

That doesn’t mean that either of those shifty centers are out of the woods for good, but it shows that it’s far from impossible to play at or around previous levels after a concussion. As you can see from the video clip at the bottom of this post, “PMB” is back in a big way for the Minnesota Wild.

Here is the poll that Bouchard dominated.

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Finally, here’s the winning clip.

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Video: Thrashers forward Freddy Meyer’s scary collapse

For the second time this season, an Atlanta Thrashers player collapsed on the ice. Forward Freddy Meyer was the most recent to do so during tonight’s game against the Calgary Flames, while Ondrej Pavelec fainted suddenly in a scary scene during the team’s first game of the 2010-11 campaign.

As you can see from the video located at the bottom of this post, Meyer took a bit of a bump from Flames forward Rene Bourque, but it certainly didn’t seem like the type of thing that would cause such a reaction. TSN’s Bob McKenzie speculates that perhaps the fainting spell was related to a concussion, which he might have suffered earlier.

The good news is that Meyer eventually left the ice under his own power, according to NHL Fanhouse. It’s unclear at this time if Meyer will miss any time due to the incident, but hopefully Atlanta will be careful with the situation. Especially if he is, indeed, suffering from a concussion.

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