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Insuring concussed players could “alter hockey industry”

Jan 31, 2012, 12:07 AM EDT

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Learning more about concussions is fantastic from a preventive standpoint, but as history shows, progress often comes with some headaches.

Rick Westhead offers the latest troubling wrinkle to the issue: insurance companies might just balk at covering players with histories of concussion problems in the future.

Insurance companies specializing in sports say the Penguins and other NHL teams will increasingly have to adopt the risk of million-dollar contracts alone as the number of players sidelined with concussions swells. The prospect threatens to alter the hockey industry.

… If more players continue to be sidelined with concussions, insurers may stop insuring players with brain injuries altogether.

For some of you, insurance is an eyes-glazing-over issue. That’s understandable, but it could come at a brutal cost for teams and/or players. Things could get especially interesting/horrible if this issue would have a big impact on Sidney Crosby‘s next contract negotiations since his second deal runs out after the 2012-13 season.

(Then again, perhaps a new CBA will alleviate that problem – if it doesn’t bring about a hockey apocalypse in the process.)

Look, it’s fantastic that the sports world is becoming more educated about concussions – or at least afraid enough to handle these situations with less haste – but there are times when the problems almost feel crippling. It’s wrong to say that ignorance is bliss, but there are some undeniable growing pains that come with increased knowledge, too.

  1. bmoreredfury311 - Jan 31, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    im so freaking tired of hearing about crysby.hes out!!! deal with it..if pitt know any better they would embrace the team they have and run with it.. i hate shittsburg but they have already shown they can play hockey with a crybaby bitch but hey if they wanna stick with it so be it.just show hows much that city is egoistical bastards they are AND CANT EXCEPT that there is better players out there….

    • letangshair - Jan 31, 2012 at 5:34 AM

      no one is better. what fake banner are you gonna put in the rafters of the verizon center this year? something about getting swept in the playoffs again?

      • blacksabbathrulesall - Jan 31, 2012 at 9:37 AM

        Crapitals = Penguins playoff bitches,Always have and always will be.Get used to it,we have.
        Washington Capitals: No Stanley Cups since,well ever.

      • orpikseyes - Jan 31, 2012 at 12:33 PM

        “was on first season on HBO 24/7” right next to the “we had Michael Jordan once” banner.

    • napoleonblownapart6887 - Jan 31, 2012 at 9:20 AM

      Read the article numb nuts.It’s not about Crosby any more than its about Pronger, Backstrom, Ryan Miller, [insert any player of significant value who has had a concussion here]…

    • bmoreredfury311 - Jan 31, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      bmoreredfury sounds like a drunken idiot..o wait i was

  2. murtdurt - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    Just because Crosby’s picture is on this article doesn’t mean this issue is his alone. If you took your ignorant head out of your ass you would realize this is a LEAGUE WIDE problem. You don’t have to look farther then the penguins 2 greatest rivals in Philly and Washington to understand this issue is far greater then Sidney Crosby. That concept might be tough for your narrow minded brain to handle however

  3. rainyday56 - Jan 31, 2012 at 3:35 AM

    Somebody read my comment a couple of months ago where I stated that the NHL depends on insurance claims to fund their payrolls. Everyone knows performance bonuses are all covered by insurance right? Can’t blame the insurance companies for getting up in arms having to deal with a multi million dollar claim everytime there’s a headache and a doctors note …

  4. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 31, 2012 at 6:09 AM

    my man is coming back soon and on his way to embarrassing the league once again.

    • orpikseyes - Jan 31, 2012 at 7:47 AM

      soup can sid is gonna spray some Crosby’s Think and Chunky all over the league.

  5. kennypowersmfceo - Jan 31, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Hey take it easy Ozzylover69….I don’t think it’s very appropriate to use such foul language on these websites….PS… don’t be upset if Crosby and Fleury stay together forever…I’m sure you can always sleep over at Mario’s house

    • blacksabbathrulesall - Jan 31, 2012 at 12:41 PM

      Sweet!!!Me,poonslayer,letangshair,neil,orpikseyes,Soup Can,Fleury and the rest of the men and women (if they dig that kinda thing) in the Penguins fan base can take your mom and sister over to Mario’s sweet mansion and pull a train on them.If you want we could film it so you can watch it over and over.

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