I can't wait either,Elvis so that makes two of us.
Pronger will never return to the game .He got his and that was his karma for all he had done.
Pittsburgh had better find somebody to open up the ice for Sid and act as a deterrent.
Crosby ,with one more head injury is toast.The goal is prevention,not reaction after the injury.
At that point it is over.
Having players on the ice that will cover your back is what great organisations do.
Many superstars had protection.Idiots think twice about running the star and the star plays with more open ice and confidence.
You obviously don't understand much about head injuries but are glued to a computer all day long so I will explain it to you in language you may understand:
You purchase a new,top of the line Mac notebook. You drop it. It breaks upon hitting the ground and stops working.
After three months you find a technician who guarantees he can fix it.Upon return it is never as good as new.It will never be the same but it still functions at a 80% rate of originality.
After two months ,you drop it again.This time it will not turn back on and the technician says he can get it running but that he will not guarantee anything.
You get it back and half of the functions still work.
You drop it a third time and have to sell it for spare parts.
Cumulative concussions are similar.Booth is in deep trouble,even with a couple years of rest.
Now Daniel Sedin has suffered a concussion.
Get rid of the Mason Raymonds on this team and get players that open ice instead of figure skate.
This game is deadly and many inside the hockey world are still ignorant regarding concussions,never mind forum poster fan boys.
And then Brad Marchand gets drunk and adds to his tattoo "Champians!" but then is so happy he runs out into the street and you swerve to avoid him and end up crashing your car and your new laptop falls off the passenger seat and breaks on the floor. Oh no!
Who am I kidding, you wouldn't swerve.
Don't assume what other people know. I play rugby and have done studies on concussions. Often they can result from accidental or legal contact, so having a big, tough guy around can't prevent anything in those cases. Even then, what would your enforcer do, go kick the crap out of the guy for a legal hit after he's already knocked your star out?
A tough guy wouldn't have prevented Daniel's injury, Keith was frustrated and made a stupid, split second decision. At no point would he have thought, "If I plan on elbowing Daniel I'm going to get creamed by their tough guy." Clearly he wasn't even thinking enough to know how obvious it was and would result in a suspension, or he wouldn't have done it.
By no means are concussions 100% indicative of permanent brain injury. Further or repeated injury may be more likely in the time where you are not fully healed and suffering symptoms, but it's not a given you will be more susceptible. Having said that, every concussion is different and they are something to be very careful with.
One final thing, Gretzky had two of the most famous enforcers of all time in Semenko and McSorley. Did that make him immune to concussions? No, he just didn't recognize he'd had them at the time and in hindsight realized a number of occasions where he had been concussed but kept playing.
If anyone was in that much trouble and with the spotlight that is on concussions with NHL doctors, the players at risk would no longer be playing like LaFontaine, Lindros and Primeau.
Edited by elvis15, 26 July 2012 - 09:50 PM.