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.
Apparently bad drivers help Evander Kane get in the proper angry mindset for a game. Feel free to cut him off Jets fans, it only helps his game. (Winnipeg Sun)
The Red Wings are falling over themselves to pump the Blackhawks’ tires. Whatever happened to rivalries? (Detroit Free Press)
So the Predators won’t rush Shea Weber back from a concussion. Good idea, guys. (Tennessean)
Tick-tock Matthew Hulsizer, your deadline to buy the Blues is approaching. (Post-Dispatch)
Kris Russell’s groin injury has him out at least three weeks. Everyone all wince together now. (Post-Dispatch)
We’ll just call Jarome Iginla’s game against the Isles last night a bad one, OK? (Calgary Sun)
The Kings still can’t score goals. In other news, water is wet. (NHL)
James Wisniewski broke his ankle last night. Maybe the Blue Jackets were built on a Civil War graveyard, that’s the only explanation for their luck. (Puck Rakers)
Another night, another bad loss for the Ducks. This time it’s at least against the Canucks. (OC Register)
Ever wonder what goes on inside the “Quiet Room” for potential concussion victims? Check it out. (Backhand Shelf)
Finally, watch Eric Staal break the hearts of Leafs fans and send Toronto reeling. This should only make the nonsensical Staal-to-Toronto rumors all the more wistful. (NHL)
Last season, hearing about potentially concussed players being sent to the “quiet room” was the hot topic of discussion. It wasn’t just the first step the league took in trying to protect players, but it was seen as a bit of a controversial change. This season, the league’s concussion protocol is coming under fire thanks to St. Louis’ Andy McDonald.
McDonald is out with a concussion, one he got after returning to a game after going through the quiet room protocol. As you might expect, seeing an injury like that that came from those circumstances, it’s going to raise a lot of questions.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford hears from NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly about how the league feels on the situation.
“We are familiar with the circumstances surrounding Andy McDonald’s case, and we are comfortable with how the case was handled by the medical care professionals from start to finish,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in an email. “Our protocol was fully complied with. It’s important to recognize that sometimes the symptoms of a concussion don’t manifest themselves until well after the event causing concussion, sometimes 48 to 72 hours later. In those instances, and where there are no other obvious reasons for concern, a return to play authorization is likely. I’m not sure anything more could or should be done in those cases.”
If the protocol was complied with and the player was still injured, then perhaps the protocol needs to be examined a bit more thoroughly. We’ve seen it happen enough where a player looks fine, acts fine, and seems fine only to see them wind up on the shelf for months (oh, hello Sidney Crosby).
The issue with concussions is a major one and the league can’t afford to have situations like this happen, especially with a team like the Blues that is dealing with another player with concussion problems in David Perron.
The “quiet room” is a great first step for the NHL in getting their concussion treatment issues resolved, but leaving well enough alone is going to get more players hurt for extended periods. Getting everyone from the NHL and NHLPA on board to make it work the right way might be even harder than keeping a player off the ice for 15 minutes when they’re hurt.