This is a serious question. Since 2008-2009, Bouchard has had sustained 3 concussions at last count. That is a lot of brain damage for someone fairly young. And while he might feel good now and feel like playing, long term, who knows what'll happen to the kid? We've seen it in football. We've seen it in hockey. Is it time to tell Bouchard, look, we're concerned about your health and we're not going to clear you to play? I mean there comes a time where the guy is just putting himself at risk, no matter how many doctors you see or what treatments you go through. Brain damage isn't reversible and can build up overtime. So when the lockout is over, should we ask Bouchard to please retire so that he can live a hopefully better life?
I don't know, don't really know! It's hard. On the other hand, I'd like to see him play again.. And as a fan, all the way I've hoped that everything is okay and he will play. Or he and the doctors know best. But.. You're right. If I should take some responsibility..
I'd tell him he's a very good player. One of my favorites. But I do respect him as a human too much. No, don't come back. It's not worth it. No thing in this world is worth it. Don't do it.
As said, I would love to see him play again. I ain't no doctor, and if he enjoys hockey and is willing to take the risk, go for it. We love him as fans of the team and he still is one of the best players we have.
So, yes, he should come back if he's cleared and if he wants to.
I don't think I'd even like to see him come back. I think anyone who read the Jim McMahon article in SI about a month ago would feel the same way. For me it has nothing to do with whether he's declared ready to play by doctors. It's about the long term effects; if he keeps us this pace he'll be a vegetable by age 50 and to me it's just not worth it.
completely up to him. of course there's pressure to return for him for a number of reasons and he can say "I'm 100%!" all he wants but with the recent focus on head trauma in sports doctors are going to be very, very careful signing on to an all-clear.
I dunno, if he can contribute sure, but is he going to be gun shy about getting hit? dude already has a problem with that, you think the last effects from this concussion won't be on his mind every time he steps onto the ice?
If he makes the decision to do it then cool, but it's his own fault for the consequences of coming back and getting drilled again.
Again, Patrice Bergeron had two major concussions and is fine now.
It seems like the NFL standards are a hell of a lot weaker than NHL. Guys seem to routinely come back from concussions in under a week, most are a couple weeks max.
Also, the guys who are really messed up now played 20-30 years ago, when they gave you a couple Advil and told you to get back on the field, where you got hit again. Nowadays you heal for months until you are 100%. Different situation.
Me, I've had one major concussion/whiplash issue. If I have a second, I might re-think things. I'm sure by the time I had a third I would be done.