Isles’ Visnovsky suffers concussion, won’t return

The New York Islanders announced that defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky’s Saturday is over after he suffered a concussion in the first period against the Carolina Hurricanes.

The 37-year-old’s experience and offensive acumen partially explained why the Isles allowed blueliner Mark Streit to leave for free agency this summer, so it should go without saying that losing “Lubo” would hurt badly.

Injuries have been a regular problem for the speedy veteran, but concussions haven’t been the issue very often; he missed six games in 2003-04 with a concussion, but that’s all that can be found in the Hockey News’ history of his issues.

It’s unclear if the play that injured Visnovsky involved a hit that the league should look at.

Red Wings’ Kronwall (concussion) aims to return in a week


It was strange to see Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall labeled as “day-to-day” with a concussion, but it turns out that might be accurate: he’s hoping to be back in about seven.

The 32-year-old blueliner told the Detroit Free Press’ Helene St. James that he “feels great” and hopes to get back into action in about a week, as long as doctors can clear his concussion symptoms.

St. James passes along an “Awww” moment:

Judging by Detroit’s schedule, perhaps he could come back sometime in this span:

Wednesday: home vs. Ottawa
Oct. 26: home vs. New York Rangers
Oct. 30: at Vancouver

It wouldn’t be shocking if the Red Wings play it safe and just give him a full week from today (if not more), but we’ll see.

Red Wings’ Kronwall ‘day-to-day’ with mild concussion


The Detroit Red Wings will be without defenseman Niklas Kronwall, although for how long remains to be seen.

Kronwall suffered a mild concussion after he was driven from behind and face-first into the end boards by Colorado Avalanche forward Cody McLeod on Thursday and is, according to what Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told Detroit media, “day-to-day.”

Kronwall was taken off the ice on a stretcher, while McLeod was given a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct.

McLeod now faces an in-person hearing with the NHL. That means he could receive a suspension of six games or more.

Video: Stepan goes through concussion protocol after collision with Brouwer


New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan was shaken up after an open-ice collision with Washington Capitals forward Troy Brouwer.

The collision occurred in the opening minute of the third period in Wednesday’s game, as the Capitals were breaking up the ice with the puck. Stepan was backing up through the neutral zone, when Brouwer, cutting across the middle, hit Stepan, sending him to the ice.

Stepan left the game but returned later in the period. As Andrew Gross of The Record in New Jersey reported, Stepan had to go through the concussion protocol.

Veteran NHLer Montador (concussion symptoms) leaves KHL team

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Some troubling news out of the KHL over the weekend as former NHL defenseman Steve Montador left his club, Medvescak Zagreb, with lingering concussion effects.

Montador, 33, has taken an indefinite leave — one that might result in his retirement from pro hockey — after feeling recurring symptoms of a concussion suffered with Chicago in March of 2012.

The injury derailed what looked to be a promising tenure with the ‘Hawks. Montador signed a four-year, $11 million deal in 2011 and got off to a solid start, racking up 14 points in his first 52 games.

He was cleared to return almost a full year after suffering the concussion, at which time the Blackhawks placed him on waivers. Unable to find another NHL suitor, he signed with Medvescak in August and proceeded to appear in 11 games.

Montador’s last game with the Croatian-based club came in late September and, over the weekend, he made the decision to walk away.

“This injury reminded me of how important it is to think of your health in the long term, and not just for the time being. I’ve been in this situation before, so I’ve tasted it all,” Montador told the Medvescak website. “I know that I have to be careful and that this step is necessary. That said, I knew that because of the injury I wouldn’t be able to offer as much on the ice as I would want to, and that I’m not at a hundred percent.

“But despite that, the decision wasn’t easy. Actually, there were mixed feelings. On the one hand it was easy because I would like to completely heal the injury, and if I look at it that way, then this was the right decision, but on the other hand it was damn hard to take that step — to leave the team.”

According to the KHL’s website, Montador has returned to Canada to embark on a recovery program.