Some unsettling news out of Detroit regarding the health of Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves.
Eaves, who suffered a fractured jaw and concussion after taking a Roman Josi slapshot to the head on Nov. 26, is still dealing with constant pain and discomfort.
“I’m dealing with a lot of headaches right now, but yeah, it’s getting better, slowly,” Eaves told DetroitRedWings.com. “I have one pretty much all of the time.”
Eaves underwent surgery to repair his jaw on Nov. 28 and allowed several weeks of healing before resuming any physical activity. While he’s kept it light for the most part, the 27-year-old seems pleased with even the slightest bit of regular exercise — riding a stationary bike and once strapping on the skates (which was more “therapeutic” than anything, he said.)
“Yeah, it definitely helps to do the same routine that I was accustomed to,” Eaves explained. “I can cruise on the bike a little bit, but nothing too crazy.”
Wings GM Ken Holland said there’s no timetable for Eaves’ return and that the organization will “be real conservative with him.”
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When Evander Kane went down for the Winnipeg Jets after suffering a concussion, it was a blow to the team as they’re short on offense. Now that he’s back in action after returning last night, people are curious about his recovery. As it turns out, there’s a question lingering about his injury.
Was Kane injured sooner than mid-January when he went out of action? Kane tells Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun that it was a series of hits that did him in and eventually put him out of the lineup.
“The hit that probably rung the bell the most was against the Islanders a while ago (Dec. 20),” Kane said. “It didn’t really bother me too much. I got over it the next day. No symptoms or anything.”
Wait, what? A month later he was rung up again in a game against Buffalo and decided to get checked out because while he didn’t feel like his game was affected, he wasn’t feeling the same either.
If you thought that figuring out concussions was an easy thing to do, Kane’s situation proves you wrong.
From the moment he was initially hit on December 20 until the game against Buffalo on January 19, Kane slumped badly with three goals and three assists in a span of 15 games. Scoring droughts don’t always mean injury, but in Kane’s case after a wicked blow to the head, closer examination might’ve done some good.
The Flyers impressive 4-1 win in New Jersey this afternoon didn’t come without a hefty price tag. Immediately after the victory, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren announced that Daniel Briere suffered a concussion and he will be out indefinitely. For those masochists who are counting, that brings the Flyers concussion total to six this season—and we aren’t even to the all-star break yet.
The most troubling part of Briere’s concussion is that the organization (and Briere himself) has no idea when the concussion occurred. Straight from Sarah Baicker at CSNPhilly.com:
“Through Flyers PR staff, Briere said he had no clue when he was hit or how the concussion happened. He returned to the game after the Volchenkov hit in the first period. But in addition to that hit, Briere was punched head-on by winger Patrik Elias.”
Not only does he have a concussion, but no one knows how it happened.
Briere is only the latest in a long list of Flyers that has been diagnosed with a concussion during this nightmare season. Captain Chris Pronger has already been diagnosed with a concussion and is out for the rest of the season. Superstar center Claude Giroux lost a handful of games in the middle of 24/7 filming, Brayden Schenn has struggled to get his NHL career started this season due to injuries (including a concussion), and James van Riemsdyk is currently sidelined. Mix in Matt Read, and the Flyers have been scrambling to fill holes all season.
There is never a good time for an organization to find out that one of their leaders has a concussion, but it’s even worse when it’s the day before a game against the defending Stanley Cup champs. After the game against the Bruins, the Flyers will travel down to Florida for a game against the Panthers before they head to the All-Star break. By that time, we should have a better idea of the severity of the concussion.
Those trade rumors involving James van Riemsdyk going to Toronto are about to slow down.
Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced today that van Riemsdyk will be out indefinitely with a concussion. Holmgren says that van Riemsdyk took a shot in the head in each of the last two games and that he wasn’t feeling like himself so they’re opting to sit him down indefinitely rather than risk it further.
In recent days, van Riemsdyk’s name has come up hot and heavy in trade rumors with the Toronto Maple Leafs surrounding a deal that would send defenseman Luke Schenn to Philly in exchange for the former second overall pick in the draft. Now with van Riemsdyk on the shelf for who knows how long, you can bet that if there was any traction for a deal there, we can only assume that discussions have slowed down.
This season van Riemsdyk has scored 11 goals and added 11 assists in what’s been a somewhat disappointing season for the 22-year-old from New Jersey. The Flyers will now have to hope they can get a little more out of Harry Zolnierczyk and Sean Couturier in his absence.
Sidney Crosby’s immediate future is still unknown. He’s not skating with the team, he’s not practicing, he’s not doing anything at all as far as getting back to playing immediately. For now, he rests and tries to get his head together while his contract is ticking away.
Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos says that Crosby’s next contract with Pittsburgh (his current deal expires after next season) could be a very difficult situation for GM Ray Shero to get a handle on.
Kypreos says that Shero will be nervous for how they want to pay Crosby since they want him to be a Penguin for life. If Crosby’s concussion problems persist, however, how do you pay a player of his caliber appropriately? If healthy, Kypreos says that Crosby could command a 10-year deal worth $100 million without batting an eyelash.
Kypreos suggests that going the short-term route is the one that makes most sense because there would be no way a massive contract would be insured with Crosby’s current health. Crosby’s agent Pat Brisson might not be OK with that, though.
For the Penguins, being on the hook for $100 million that essentially goes to waste because of injury is bad business.
The Pens owe a lot to Crosby for helping put them back on the map and winning a Stanley Cup in 2009, but giving him a lifetime deal when they’re not even sure what his future holds makes for a dangerous game. Unless Crosby shows he can get over his concussion problems, which may not be possible, negotiations come summer of 2013 could get really awkward.