If there has been one encouraging sign in Taylor Hall’s recovery from a concussion, it’s that he got back to skating shortly after suffering the injury. However, Thursday was an exception as he was kept off the ice.
“I don’t know if it’s a setback, I think it’s a leveling off,” said Oilers coach Tom Renney. “It’s a concussion. The bottom line is that he’s not ready to play the game, we’ll take it a day at time. We’ll see how’s he’s doing (Friday). He may be able to skate tomorrow, maybe not. We want him close to us so we’re able to make that determination.”
Hall felt “pretty much normal” on Sunday, but Renney said he’s “clearly” not ready. With so little time remaining in the regular season, it seems reasonable to wonder if Hall will play again in the 2011-12 campaign. For now though, Renney is calling Hall “day-to-day.”
Although Oilers coach Tom Renney initially felt Cory Sarich’s hit on Taylor Hall during Friday’s game was clean, he started to have second thoughts on Sunday.
“The check was going to get finished no matter what,” Renney said. “One thing I forgot to check and see was whether they had a high reload to protect the pinch. If they didn’t then it kind of makes you wonder what the intent was there.”
Hall lost his footing prior to the hit, which is why his head was at the same level as Sarich’s elbow. That’s pretty much the argument for it being a clean hit, but now Renney seems to be wondering if it was really an unfortunate accident or if Sarich took advantage of the situation. Here’s the hit again so you make your own call:
The good news is that Hall wasn’t dealing with post-concussion symptoms on Sunday, although the Oilers intend to follow the concussion protocol with him. After all, they don’t want to take any chances with the health of one of their rising stars.
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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