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Salo has a concussion, say Canucks

Jan 8, 2012, 1:05 PM EDT

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Sami Salo has a concussion, Canucks general manager Mike Gillis told reporters today in Florida.

Vancouver’s veteran defenseman left yesterday’s game in Boston after receiving a low hit by the Bruins’ Brad Marchand at the end of the second period.

Marchand, who received a major penalty for clipping and a game misconduct, will reportedly face a disciplinary hearing with the NHL.

The replay clearly shows Salo’s helmet hitting the ice. What will be interesting to see is how much the injury affects any punishment that Brendan Shanahan might hand out.

  1. neelyisgod - Jan 8, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Similar to Ryan Miller getting concussed before the Lucic hearing, then after when nothing happens he is mysteriously fine? Same situation here.

    • imleftcoast - Jan 8, 2012 at 3:12 PM

      It’s hard to see how Salo could have a concussion, but Marchand should get a few games for the cheapshot. I think special treatment for the Bruins has to be almost over.

      • vanyesno - Jan 8, 2012 at 4:30 PM

        Hard to see how he got a concussion? Are you an idiot? There are about three places where you could see sami getting one. How about the part where the back of his head and neck smash on the ice because of a greasy rat.

        Either you have never played sports before in your entire life or have had too many concussions of your own to realize what the deal is.

    • elvispocomo - Jan 8, 2012 at 8:14 PM

      So by that definition, you’re saying it’s similar to the Horton concussion in the SCF last year, where he was mysteriously fine afterwards? Granted, Horton sat out the mandatory one week, but then so did Miller (he missed 8 games). I’m pretty sure we’ll see a similar protocol followed with Salo’s concussion.

  2. ajbell999 - Jan 8, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Good!! A couple more Marchand hits like this and maybe… just maybe it will make up for Rome’s hit on Horton.

    • vanchuk - Jan 8, 2012 at 7:35 PM

      that hit was MORE than made up for with Boychuk’s hit on Raymond. It was the same infraction (interference) with a much worse result. Not only was Boychuk’s worse, it went unpunished. And, Rome’s hit was clean, just a little late, whereas Marchand’s was a filthy play that nobody in the league respects (much like the player himself)

      • comeonnowguys - Jan 9, 2012 at 10:05 AM

        “The hit by a player from a player on my favorite team’s hit was clean, even thought he refs said it wasn’t. However, the hit by a player on your favorite team’s hit was dirty, even though the refs said it was.”

        Not a drop of homerism there.

      • vanchuk - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:05 PM

        Rome’s hit was clean, just late… which is why he was penalized and suspended. (I have no problem with the penalty, no problem with a suspension, but 4 games in the finals seemed a bit steep for interference) Watch it, clean open ice hit, just quite a bit too late…

  3. canucks18 - Jan 8, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Ajbell you’ve lost it! “good”??? You’re a complete moron and exactly why rats like Marchand pull this kind of shit cuz they’re pathetic just like yourself. Grow up a little bit and realize it’s dirty no matter how you cut it. Get a clue

  4. oscojoe - Jan 8, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    You never want to see a player get hurt especially a head injury. Maybe next time Solo takes a run at a player he will think twice about it. Marchand was protecting himself by ducking other wise Solo would have been guilty off boarding for leaving his feet in a attempt to lay Marchand out.

    Watch the Replay!

    Typical Canuck Hockey, if the refs would ever call Instigator penalty’s the Canucks would be be short handed all the time.

    They really play a “Wussy” Style of Hockey, a disgrace to a game that originated & was fine tuned in Canada.

    • foodforthesoul28 - Jan 8, 2012 at 6:24 PM

      not to mention right before that hit Marchand was punching him….So I can see Salo trying to kill him in the HIGHLY EMOTIONAL game.

    • warpstonebc - Jan 8, 2012 at 6:39 PM

      This is a particularly dumbfounding interpretation. Salo is making the play every defender is supposed to do. What do you want, d-men to pussy-foot around the boards because rats have free-reign to bridge them?

      Good grief.

      • foodforthesoul28 - Jan 8, 2012 at 6:59 PM

        No not at all. I’m just saying that Given the fact that the game was very emotional and Marchand was just hit by Salo and was punching Salo in the head multiple times is it a possibility that Salo was gunning at Marchand a little more than he would normally do. That interpretation can’t be that dumbfounded. The replay clearly shows Marchand looking at the puck and then looked up at the last second and reacted ducked because he thought Salo was running him. If you watch the replay, it looks like Salo was starting to come up off his skates with his elbow out to hit Marchand. Also, if you look at the point of contact, Marchand’s shoulder hit Salo’s thigh/hip area… Watch it. I’m not saying what happened was the best thing ever.

      • elvispocomo - Jan 8, 2012 at 8:29 PM

        This is a good point that Salo is playing as normal, rather than having a reputation for being a heated, aggressive, or dangerous player – something Marchand can’t claim himself. Of particular note is the exact same play happened less than 20 seconds before but it was hardly some massive clash that Marchand would feel he’d have to turtle and lowbridge Salo the second time around.

  5. imleftcoast - Jan 8, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    vanyesno, you’re a f’ing idiot. I’m not surprised Salo is hurt, but I am surprised that it’s not a knee, groin etc. Maybe you should watch the replay Einstein.

  6. kitshky - Jan 8, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    How is there any doubt that Salo had a concussion? Watch the replay and you can clearly see (as was mentioned before) about 3 places where could have been concussed, but more importantly watch Salo try and get up after the hit, he barely knows where he is in the first few seconds.
    Sami Salo is one of the most respected and clean players in the leagues, if there’s a complaint about his game it’s that he doesnt use his size enough. To even TRY to twist what happened there into some sort of situation where a player like Marchand was simply trying to protect himself from Salo “taking a run at him” is ridiculous.
    And I’ve already said this on another post but …come on. Marchand goes to the puck, chooses to ignore it, doesnt brace for impact, and deliberatlely goes low. Nothing about what he did was to protect himself. He took advantage of a D man coming down the boards …as every other D man would do in the exact same situation.

  7. blomfeld - Jan 8, 2012 at 11:30 PM


    Sami Salo is possibly one of the most “boring and uninspiring” Canucks of all time … so in that context, Marchand’s “cool” hip check should be viewed as a favor, in terms of waking up this otherwise “comatose” zombie …

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