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Add Brian Rolston to the concussion list

Dec 15, 2011, 10:14 PM EDT

Brian Rolston AP

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.


  1. spizzjr - Dec 16, 2011 at 12:41 AM

    It would be a bad way to have to retire for a really nice guy whos ha a good career but looking at the glass half full it would clear up a spot for another young isles prospect to dip his toes into the NHL life

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