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Canucks’ Kassian leaves game, won’t return

Mar 19, 2013, 11:56 PM EDT

Experienced hockey fans probably have mixed emotions when they see high-quality players get in fights. While it’s refreshing to see people other than “goons” drop the gloves, there’s that added tension that comes with the potential for injury.

Vancouver Canucks fans were on the wrong end of that equation on Tuesday night. Zack Kassian aggravated a back injury during tonight’s game against the St. Louis Blues and won’t return.

Many – including TSN’s Farhan Lalji – believe it happened during this scuffle with red-hot forward Chris Stewart:

Update: Kassian tweaked his troublesome back again.

That fight had its goofy moments, but it won’t be much of a laughing matter if the Canucks lose another important player to injury. Especially since this one may very well have been avoided.

Still, the Getty Images photo of the fight is pretty outstanding:

source: Getty Images

  1. 19to77 - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Aaaaand out he goes again. This roster is as injury-prone as last year’s Habs. Kesler’s the new Markov.

  2. mp1131211 - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    That was the WORST fight I’ve ever seen. Those punches hit nothing but air. Literally. Wow…

  3. thehighcountrybear - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:30 AM

    Wendy, I’m home…

  4. thehighcountrybear - Mar 20, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    WCB Claim…?

    By Michelle L. Modery

    The dangers of playing professional sports are no secret to athletes or fans. This is especially true in the National Football League. In fact, the Associated Press reports that Boston University is conducting a study regarding a degenerative brain disease among retired NFL players. The NFL takes care of certain football injuries that have effects lasting beyond playing days, usually pursuant to workers compensation standards. The applicability of these remedies in the case of dementia, which can result from concussions sustained over the course of an NFL career, is less clear.

    Michelle L. Modery is a Managing Editor of Temple Law Review. In her recent Comment, which the gang at The Legal Blitz highly recommends reading, Modery addresses the feasibility and equity of retired NFL players’ potential workers’ compensation claims against the NFL for dementia caused by concussions suffered during their playing days in the NFL. No state has yet addressed the topic, and whether dementia is a compensable injury will be an issue of first impression in any state’s workers’ compensation scheme. Several legal hurdles stand in the way of a successful claim. Claimants must be able to prove a causal link between decades-old concussions and current symptoms of dementia. Some states have specifically excluded professional athletes from statutory coverage. The League’s disability policy, which facially applies to these claimants, actually prevents many retired players from collecting compensation. Despite these hurdles, and although concussion-caused dementia claims may seem extraordinary at first blush, they actually fit squarely within the purview of the workers’ compensation scheme. Because of this, potential claimants can, and should be, successful.

  5. barroomhero80 - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:15 PM


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