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Update: Couturier to hospital for evaluation

Dec 17, 2011, 8:08 PM EST

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After taking a puck off the side of his head, rookie Sean Couturier has been taken to Pennsylvania Hospital for further evaluation. Couturier took the a Kimmo Timonen shot off his head at the end of the second period and was kept out of the rest of the game by the Flyers medical staff. Despite falling to the ice and being evaluated by the training staff while on the ice, the eighth overall pick was able to pass the initial baseline testing in the Flyers locker room.

Now that he’s at the hospital, doctors are checking to make sure Couturier is not suffering from any other complications after taking the frozen rubber to the head. “I think what they are checking for now is damage to his skull,” Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said. “And taking a look to see if there is any internal damage.”

The Flyers GM continued as he explained how bad it could have been. “We still don’t know [full details]. Thank God he turned his head in time where it didn’t hit him in [the face].”

No one ever wants to see a player suffer a head injury, but it’s especially hard to watch a player that has been such a good story through the early part of the season. Head coach Peter Laviolette talked about what the 19-year-old rookie has meant to the team in his first professional season. “He’s such a good kid and good hockey player,” Laviolette confided to the media. “He’s really earned the respect of his teammates. When you see something like that happen to anybody, your heart stops for the second and you feel that pit in your stomach. For it to happen to a young player like that who has done all the right things for us this year is tough. We hope he’s OK and it’s nothing too serious.”

Sooner or later, the Flyers luck has to change, right? At this rate, CapGeek is going to have to add a new column to include “hazard pay” for anyone who wears the orange and black.

  1. chaseutley - Dec 17, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    >>>” At this rate, CapGeek is going to have to add a new column to include “hazard pay” for anyone who wears the orange and black.”<<<

    Or they're no longer going to have to worry about the salary cap with all of these Adirondack Phantoms running around on the roster.

  2. icelovinbrotha215 - Dec 17, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    Not looking good. He grabbed his head once the shot hit his helmet. Idk how it can’t be a concussion.

    • danphipps01 - Dec 17, 2011 at 11:22 PM

      Um. A puck rebounded off his head. Generally speaking, that hurts rather a lot. That he grabbed his head after a hard, fast-moving object hit it doesn’t necessitate a concussion. Is it possible? Oh yeah, it’s certainly (and very unfortunately) on the table. But people have taken pucks to the head and walked away with goose eggs, too. It’s not a given. I’d prefer to hope for the best. Schenn’s already lost to one. I’m really hoping not to see both rookies’ first seasons so marred.

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Dec 18, 2011 at 1:13 PM

        The puck didn’t rebound of his helmet. He took a direct hit from the slapshot of Timonen after being shoving from behind by Chara. Of course nothing is certain. That’s life. But we are talking about probabilities here. I’m sure we will hear from Homer in the next couple of days that Couturier has a concussion.

  3. 8man - Dec 17, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    I keep saying these guys need better protection. I have lots of signed Bruins pucks in my cave and they are all hard and heavy. I can’t imagine getting struck by one coming off a pro hockey player’s stick.

    Just watch the skills competition at the all star break and ask yourself, “Do I want to get hit by one of those?”

    Deadly.

    I hope he recovers without any long term damage. The NHL playoffs are better with black and gold and orange and black.

  4. nhlbruins90 - Dec 18, 2011 at 12:44 AM

    That was a tough one. I hope he’s alright, but that was close.

  5. skimmer0220 - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    no one seemed to mention that Chara pushed his head right into the shot, and they say he’s not a dirty player, first he tries to murder Pacioretty and now pushing a players head into a shot hmmmm….

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