For those who have and continue to suffer from concussions: my deepest sympathies. Luckily, brain imaging technologies have followed Moore's law which means that they have and will continue to improve exponentially. This implies that our understanding and diagnosis capabilities will only improve and maybe, just maybe, future brain implants will be able to help restore/mitigate the damage that's been done (like what's being researched for Parkinson's patients).
I suffered a severe concussion in 1960. I was knocked unconscious and when I awoke I didn't know what city I was in. I kept thinking it was Amsterdam but the doctors told me I was in Geneva. I lapsed into unconsciousness and when I awoke I still thought I was in Amsterdam. It took days of hospitalization for the fog to lift. The trauma has had lasting effects on my previously excellent memory.
I don't mind patches sitting out. It gives him over a week to rest up from the leafs game to the start of the Canadian road trip. I'd rather not have players play through injuries at game 1 of the marathon. Their bodies will go through enough as it is.
I momentarily forgot where I was but I always remembered my identity. I also remembered my wife when she approached after being treated for her injuries. We were both lucky to be alive after our chauffeur blacked out, crossed the center stripe, and crashed into a truck loaded with vegetables. We were sitting in the back seat of in a 1956 Renault Dauphine, reputed to be the worst example of French engineering since the Maginot line. The truck driver was alert enough to turn slightly at the last possible moment so that we hit his front left wheel instead of meeting head on.
If eller's line continues to out perform dd's line, it will get very interesting. Pacioretty could be void of his usual minutes, unless the lines are shaken up. As happy as I am for the Egg line, I'm equally frustrated by the players that don't quite seem to fit into the puzzle. Right now, the odd pieces are briere and desharnais, and they aren't even versatile enough to fit into a 3rd line role. I know it's early, and I still have hope for briere, but any faith I had left in dd is pretty much gone.
Their one dimensional nature makes it difficult for the coach to effectively switch up the lines, and that could cost pacioretty more than anyone else.
Guys, we've played 2 games - the Pac-DD-Briere line has essentially been together for 2/3 of a game so far. They will get at least a fair shake before being broken up. I agree that Briere and DD have not looked good, but lets at least give them a few games together to see if they can find something.