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Detroit’s Eaves calls concussion recovery “miserable”

Sep 10, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

Last November, Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves suffered a severe concussion (and a broken jaw) after being hit with a slapshot from Nashville’s Roman Josi:

The aftermath was a lost season and months of recovery, which Eaves describes as an awful experience.

“It’s been miserable,” Eaves told the Detroit Free Press. “It’s just no fun. I’m just worried about getting better every day — that’s all I can do.”

The incident came shortly after the 28-year-old signed a three-year, $3.6 million extension with the Wings, making the injury all the more frustrating. Eaves impressed in his first two seasons with Detroit, scoring 25 goals, but the severity of the concussion led to fear for his career.

(Eaves’ father, Mike, had his time in the NHL cut short to a concussion.)

In February, Eaves told the Red Wings’ website he had a headache “pretty much all of the time” and that physical activity was limited to riding a stationary bike.

Eaves still hasn’t been cleared by team doctors or shed the headaches, but did say they occur with less frequency.

He’s now resumed skating and hanging out with teammates, which seems to have brightened his spirits.

“The bad part is behind me now,” he explained. “This is part of the progress, skating with other guys and trying to get used to that. The speed is, obviously, not what it is at training camp.

“I’m just happy to be out there with the guys.”

  1. bcsteele - Sep 10, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    I hated this for both Eaves and Josi. A big recovery for Eaves to make it through and who knows how he’ll really turn out given his family history. And in his first game, Josi is the one that hits him on a regular hockey play that we see all the time, especially on the power play, and it just went all wrong. He made a very classy move to approach Eaves; especially given the rivalry of these two teams.

    Good luck to Eaves and I hope to see you back at it, but good to hear your at least back on the ice!

    • 11cups - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:50 AM

      The reply is not to your comment, but to the 1 assshole that gave this article a thumbs down. 100 people to vote up or down, and you, the 1 assshole votes down. I’d love to see you face to face one day.

  2. scionofflame - Sep 10, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Eaves is a solid guy and I really hope he recovers sooner than later, even if that means the Preds go up against him sooner. Good on Josi for giving Eaves a word on the way out too, he’s a good kid.

  3. mwiz64 - Sep 10, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    I don’t think anybody wants to end a guy’s career like that. Sure in the heat of competition people can let their tempers get out of hand but that isn’t what happened here. I would expect no less of any decent human being.

  4. redwingsfan999 - Sep 10, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    I think eaves is the type of guy who if u give him more playing time he’ll produce a lot more points

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