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Skinner, Pitkanen join “out indefinitely with concussion” list

Dec 14, 2011, 3:14 PM EST

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Come on.

I mean, really — this is getting stupid.

The Carolina Hurricanes announced today that both forward Jeff Skinner and defenseman Joni Pitkanen are out indefinitely with concussions.

Carolina’s leading scorer, Skinner (24 points) has missed two games since being run over by Andy Sutton on Dec. 7 against the Oilers.

Pitkanen, the team’s top blue-liner, has been out three games after suffering what was first described as an upper-body injury on Dec. 6 in Calgary.

So anyway, tack on two more names to USA Today’s NHL concussion tracker. Now featuring the reigning rookie of the year!

  1. canucks18 - Dec 14, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Before I say anything … What do you mean by “this is getting stupid?”

    • sknut - Dec 14, 2011 at 3:39 PM

      The amount of players getting concussions. Its sad really.

      Its funny a guy in the NFL gets one see (Colt McCoy) and comes back in the game, where in the NHL they take the steps to make sure guys are healthy when they come back.

  2. danphipps01 - Dec 14, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Fuck it, I’m out. How the Shanahan era managed to begin with the year in which EVERY HALFWAY-DECENT PLAYER GETS A CONCUSSION I’ll never know, but evidently hockey’s not actually playable anymore. Be it the result of equipment, recklessness or poor medical knowledge, apparently it’s impossible to actually play a full season now. Get back to me when someone worth watching actually survives 82 games.

    • haterzgonahate - Dec 14, 2011 at 5:49 PM

      the Sedins rarely miss a game and are always worth a watch

      unless your Dave Bolland

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