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03-02-2010, 08:09 PM
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What this? You want me to spell out all the frickin details of what it takes to get a defenseman in the summer? I have to go get a list of all the free agent defensemen? Do an analysis of the Canucks' player contracts to determine who would fit?
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If Mitchell is not returning next year, we should be able to pick up veteran defensive help for a low asset cost in the off-season.
Replacing Mitchell isn't as easy as this. Our defence as is won't be able to handle the minutes, and adding a dman who is the equivalent of a "low asset cost" return wont do.


If Mitchell isn't in the plans for next year we need a high caliber defensive defenceman to take his place, and that is not easy to find.

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Replacing Mitchell isn't as easy as this. Our defence as is won't be able to handle the minutes, and adding a dman who is the equivalent of a "low asset cost" return wont do.


If Mitchell isn't in the plans for next year we need a high caliber defensive defenceman to take his place, and that is not easy to find.
By asset, I mean players or draft picks.

I, clearly, am referring to the off-season. I am talking about going out with available cash and picking up a free agent. That would be the available cash from Mitchell not re-signing with the Canucks.

Other teams sign free agents. What is it about this concept that makes it so difficult for the Canucks?

The reason I am suggesting doing this, assuming Gillis doesn't follow the advice he's getting from the TV guys and trade for Hamhuis, is that we do have some young defensemen who could be on the Moose next year. So, there is some light at the end of the tunnel.

But, we need short term help for the next couple of years while the youth develops with the Moose. A free agent makes sense to fill the gap.

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Canucks cannot count on Mitchell anymore. He may be done for the year and forever as a Canuck. One more hit and he could be gone again. Or maybe he comes back and plays really tentative. It's too bad for Willie and the Nucks...
http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/h...ucks/chat.html

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Canucks cannot count on Mitchell anymore. He may be done for the year and forever as a Canuck. One more hit and he could be gone again. Or maybe he comes back and plays really tentative. It's too bad for Willie and the Nucks...
http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/h...ucks/chat.html
Does Elliot think we should stay away from all players who have suffered a concussion?

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Or maybe he comes back and plays really tentative
Something tells me Elliott is wrong in that assumption:


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Does Elliot think we should stay away from all players who have suffered a concussion?
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Willie is only 32 but this is his second concussion in three years. Not good...

If you are Willie Mitchell and you have no extended contract in place, are you rushing back to play for the Canucks when one more knock on the noggin before you are 100% past your neurological problems can end your career and even your life or result in permanent brain damage?

Once you have had multiple concussions there is a real danger of another hit ending your career... or worse.
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The concussion point person to organizations including the International Olympic Committee, Fédération Internationale de Football Association, National Hockey League, NHL Players Association and the CFL, Dr. Johnston's work served as the basis for an international standardized protocol of evaluating people who experience concussion in sport. This method was adopted at the International Symposium on Concussion in Sport held in Vienna and then updated at the second international symposium held in Prague in 2004.

The protocol clarifies that most people with concussion do not get knocked unconscious. 'That's one of the important take-home messages,' says Dr. Johnston. 'The whole idea of cognitive and physical rest after concussion is also very important. Being an invisible injury, it's easy to underestimate the value of rest. We're starting to realize, especially with kids, that cognitive rest is as important as physical rest. You have to take time and really decrease all exertion cognitive and physical until your symptoms are completely gone. And then it's ideal to go through a graded return to activity.'
http://www.torontorehab.com/magazine...m?aid=21&tid=3

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Typical post concussive symptoms can include feeling dazed, "having your bell rung", memory problems, confusion, poor co-ordination, headache, and nausea. Return to play in a contact activity while still symptomatic is very dangerous. The most severe consequence is the "second impact syndrome"; this is a rare but usually fatal condition whereby even a seemingly mild blow to a previously concussed brain leads to massive brain swelling. Return to play while symptomatic has also been shown to increase the risk of further concussion, persistence of post concussive symptoms and other injury. Post concussive symptoms may also increase with any type of exercise following injury, so a gradual increase in exercise and return to play protocol should be used. It has also been shown that multiple concussions can lead to permanent, irreversible changes, such as memory loss, concentration problems, headaches etc.
http://www.casm-acms.org/forms/state...Concussion.pdf


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