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11-25-2012, 09:07 PM
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Originally Posted by tarheelhockey View Post
When the playoffs were on the line, Forsberg would go out there and skate through intense pain until his ankle was simply not capable of supporting his weight. We would like to think the majority of hockey players would do the same, because a wonky ankle is a small price to pay for immortality.

That doesn't compare to a concussion, where the standard is now that the player must be symptom-free before he's allowed to practice. It doesn't matter whether Sid wants to play or whether he is capable of playing. As long as his brain shows signs of damage, a phalanx of doctors, lawyers and insurance agents is going to ensure that he doesn't even get his feet inside a pair of skates.

So no, an injury is not an injury. Concussions are a different animal.
I think it's hard to discuss this at the moment because we don't have any historical perspective on the concussion issue. Maybe rule or equipment changes will make the "concussion era" a blip in NHL history, for all we know.

I understand that there are different issues involved with concussions but it doesn't seem right to throw out all the traditional standards about the value of being on the ice and playing. Maybe you can't blame Crosby for missing games, but you can't give him credit for playing every game either.

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