CNBC Sports Biz: Are concussions hurting the NHL?

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This post is part of a series looking at the issue and impact of concussions in the NHL. ProHockeyTalk and Comcast SportsNet are featuring pieces today as a lead-in to tonight’s special edition of NHL Live on Versus (6:30 p.m. EST.)

We’ve spotlighted this CNBC Sports Business report with Darren Rovell previously on PHT, but it bears re-mentioning in light of recent events.

Rovell was asked the question: Are concussions hurting the NHL?

Here’s what he had to say.

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Following up on Rovell’s second point (when superstars miss games, the league’s wallet is effected) consider the stars currently shelved with concussions/head injuries:

Sidney Crosby: Hart, Art Ross and Rocket Richard Trophy winner. Stanley Cup champion.

Chris Pronger: Norris and Hart Trophy winner. Stanley Cup Champion.

Marc Savard: Former NHL All-Star. Stanley Cup Champion.

Claude Giroux: At the time of injury, led the NHL in points.

Milan Michalek: At the time of injury, led the NHL in goals.

Jeff Skinner: Reigning Calder Trophy winner.

Mike Richards: Former NHL All-Star.

Kris Letang: Former NHL All-Star.

For more on the current status of concussions throughout the NHL, check out USA Today’s concussion tracker.