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Leafs’ Kadri takes elbow to head, leaves game with “headaches”

Dec 26, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

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The Toronto Maple Leafs organization is drawing some criticism about the way it handles players with possible concussions after Nazem Kadri eventually left a Toronto Marlies contest after taking an elbow to the head.

Zack Stortini received a game misconduct for delivering the elbow on Kadri in the second period of Wednesday’s Marlies-Hamilton Bulldogs game. Here’s video of that vicious hit, via Leafs Nation:

Kadri came right back out for the ensuing power play, only to eventually leave the game with what teammate Dallas Eakins called “headaches,” according to the Globe & Mail’s James Mirtle.

As mentioned earlier, some are questioning the way the Maple Leafs/Marlies handle potential concussion situations.

Defenseman Jake Gardiner suffered what seemed like a concussion on Dec. 8, but the organization appears hesitant to label it that way. (Mirtle reports that GM Brian Burke most recently described the symptoms as “whiplash.”)

The Leafs also got into similar (some might say semantic) arguments about James Reimer‘s possible concussion last season, with sites such as Leafs Nation arguing that they rushed him back too quickly.

It’s a troubling setback for Kadri, but some argue it’s also the latest example of an organization that needs to change its ways.

  1. silversun60 - Dec 26, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Coach Eakins.

  2. nyrnashty - Dec 26, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Tired of hearing about concussions. Truth is no one knows about the brain enough yet to determine how severe a concussion is or isn’t. Go away with this crap.

    • esracerx46 - Dec 26, 2012 at 11:22 PM

      I agree that no one knows enough about concussions yet. Which is why I think its somewhat comical thousands of former NFL players have a class action suit claiming the league knew something about concussions 20+ years ago.

  3. shortsxit34 - Dec 27, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    We need to do everything possible to prevent concussions and make sure players properly and fully recover if they do receive them.

    But the last two or three years, hockey especially, has swung from ignoring possible concussions to highly overreacting. Not every head contact or headache should be diagnosed or treated as a concussion. Sometimes a headache is just that, a headache. If a player gets hit in the head, of course their head will hurt. It’s no different than any other part if the body.

    If a player is having extreme migraines, sensitivity to light, balance problems, or vomiting, then they should be taken out and monitored. But there’s no reason to call every incident a concussion like they’re doing now.

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