Dec 15, 2011, 10:14 PM EDT
Is the NHL dealing with a concussion epidemic or is the league just dealing with some horrific luck? However you look at it, the hits keep coming as New York Islanders winger Brian Rolston left a game against the Dallas Stars with a concussion.
Of course, the big difference is that Rolston isn’t a star. He’s 38-years-old and has just seven points and a -6 rating in 27 games with the Isles. Rolston is just as likely to retire because of ineffective play as he would thanks to this head injury.
If anything, from a pure hockey standpoint, his injury might open the door for a younger player to get some more ice time. Still, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s a sad situation, especially after a grueling week for the NHL.
- Injuries piling up as preseason schedule begins 7
- Report: Fedorov denies contract offer was made to Johansen 3
- Report: Johansen has gotten no shortage of KHL offers 30
- Update: Drouin out with upper body injury, not expected to miss preseason 1
- Report: NHL officials to participate in preseason without new CBA 1
- Evander Kane: I know I can score 50 goals 13
- ‘C’-less Thornton comes out swing against Wilson’s ‘tomorrow team’ talk 18
- Joe Sakic’s now general manager in name too 6
- Update: Giroux out two weeks with lower-body injury 26
- Update: Crosby on ice with Penguins teammates Friday, leaves early 5
- Heeeeeere’s Johnny! Davidson shreds Johansen’s agent for ‘baffling, nonsensical’ contract demands (65)
- Chiarelli: At some point, I’m going to have to trade a defenseman (56)
- Jackets reveal Johansen offers — including an eight year, $46M deal (55)
- Will the NHL publicize divers? (48)
- No icing on the PK? The USHL will see how that looks (43)