Dec 15, 2011, 10:14 PM EST
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.
- The Chip ‘n’ Chase: Outrage over hockey violence, Gary Bettman is a happy man, Darryl Sutter is awesome, and more! 1
- Report: Isles coach Capuano not seen as problem 7
- Rivalry Night on NBCSN: Flyers challenge top-ranked Blackhawks 14
- Update: Ryan Callahan out 4-6 weeks with MCL sprain 11
- Ovechkin wills Caps to stunning shootout win vs. Bolts 62
- Bettman: No decision on expansion, but they’re listening 13
- Neal admits kneeing Marchand was ‘not the smartest decision’ 77
- Leafs captain Phaneuf suspended two games for boarding 37
- Rangers confirm Staal suffered concussion 8
- Winnipeg to get outdoor game; Phoenix wants one 33
- Video: Penguins’ Orpik stretchered off ice; Bruins’ Thornton given match penalty (182)
- Neal suspended five games for kneeing Marchand in the head (156)
- Bruins coach admits Thornton crossed the line, slams Pens for not being ‘truthful’ (137)
- Pens put Orpik on IR (132)
- Orpik suffers from concussion, including memory loss (118)