Avoiding the C-word
Add Simon Gagne to the list of prominent Flyers felled by a concussion, a group that includes former captains Eric Lindros and Keith Primeau.
It took two bouts of dizziness and other symptoms for the determination to be made Wednesday that Gagne sustained at least one concussion, if not two.
Gagne was originally hurt 25 days ago in a game against the Panthers, the result of a hit to the jaw by Jay Bouwmeester. He sat four games with what the Flyers termed "dizziness," returned to the ice in less-than-stellar condition and was back on the sidelines after taking another hit in a game a few days later.
The Flyers have unfortunately gained a reputation already in the league for misdiagnosing, or underdiagnosing, serious injuries, something that resulted in a $1.37-million award to former defenceman Dave Babych after he sued the team for making him play injured. Eric Lindros, Keith Primeau and now Gagne have had curious goings on surround their concussions, the latest of which come across as downright absurd.
It was clear from the beginning that Gagne took a blow to the head and sustained some sort of trauma, whether that injury was labelled a concussion or not. If the league's going to have guidelines about when players can return from these injuries, they need to be based on something more than what word is used in the 'injury' column next to their name.
A concussion by any other name...
Here's Paul Holmgren:
"He wanted to play, and obviously we wanted him to play. Did we push him back too soon? Hindsight is a great thing. Maybe we did. We would like to believe we didn't give him enough practice time to get himself ready."Given what's on the line, that's just not acceptable.