RICE & MICE: What’s this about a neck injury?

Ah, the ongoing saga that is Sidney Crosby’s concussion, er, broken neck, oh soft tissue neck injury. Yes, it now appears that the storyline is not a concussion after all, but a soft tissue injury in his neck that is causing concussion-like symptoms. You may now scratch your head and look confused, because I am doing the same. I am skeptical about several things here and I’m not sure where to even start, so I am going to start with the obvious statement that Crosby may just have post-concussion syndrome, nothing more, nothing less. It seems like every doctor or …

RICE & MICE: JVR’s Concussion

So, last season I wrote about the travesty that was Mark Recchi questioning the severity of the concussion that Max Paciorretty suffered during the violent collision between his head and the turnbuckle in Montreal. At the time I talked about how irresponsible it was for Recchi to pass his uninformed judgment about how severe another player’s head injury was to the media, when all head injuries should be considered severe. Thankfully, Pacioretty has returned to hockey and has been healthy this season. Unfortunately, I have seen and heard more than once, fans making the implication that James van Riemsdyk is …

RICE & MICE: Concussions are the flavor of the month…

Well, according to Matt Carle on HBO’s 24/7 Road to the NHL Winter Classic last night, concussions are the flavor of the month. I think it’s safe to say that Claude Giroux has had enough of the current flavor. Giroux returned to game action last night, posting yet another impressive 4 point game. I know many people were concerned with his relatively quick return to the ice. Concerned that he would aggravate his concussion and miss even more time; concerned that he would somehow end up like Marc Savard, Sidney Crosby, or even Chris Pronger. What makes Claude different is …

Bring Back Gagne? A look at the pros and cons.

We have 25 days until free agency and I’m sure each and every one of those days will be rumor laden until July 1 arrives. Paul Holmgren was fairly active last season, adding Andrej Meszaros, Sean O’Donnell, Jody Shelley and Nikolay Zherdev, while retaining Darroll Powe and Daniel Carcillo. However all of that activity caused casualties of the cap. Arron Asham signed with Pittsburgh as a free agent and Simon Gagne, the longest- tenured Flyer at the time, waived his no-trade clause in a much maligned deal with Tampa Bay, while we took on Matt Walker — or more precisely, his two hip surgeries.  …

RICE & MICE: Coming back from concussion

The playoffs are starting this week. It’s the most exciting time of the year, in my opinion. Coaches are tested and players are pushed to play their limits. I normally hate to write about something that has held so much of the spotlight this season, but the question on so many peoples’ minds (especially the Tampa Bay Lightning) is: will Sidney Crosby finally be cleared for contact and make it back for a postseason run? Truth is, nobody can predict what will happen if he returns to play. That’s perhaps one of the most frustrating aspects of concussions for players, …

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