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Report: Preds’ Josi already has troubling concussion history

Oct 6, 2013, 9:44 PM EDT

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Seeing your recently re-signed defenseman suffer a concussion is bad enough. The Nashville Predators might feel even worse this weekend if Swiss outlet Tages Anzeiger’s claim that Roman Josi just suffered his fifth concussion since 2009 is true.

Josi is only 23, so that’s a really troubling collection of head injuries over a short period of time.

The offensively skilled defenseman was injured via a questionable hit by Colorado Avalanche winger Steve Downie on Friday:

Word is that Downie, 26, won’t hear from the NHL regarding that controversial check.

He’ll still have his hands full when Colorado faces the Predators on Nov. 6, as Paul Gaustad publicly hinted at retribution.

Either way, it won’t make Josi’s recovery any easier, especially if he really has such a history of head injuries.

Considering Pekka Rinne‘s rocky start after returning from offseason hip surgery, the Predators might be feeling a little uneasy about some of their long-term contracts right now.

(H/T to the Score by way of the Nashville Examiner.)

  1. jpelle82 - Oct 6, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    this sucks. didnt he just sign a big contract too? downie’s a jerk

    • jernster21 - Oct 7, 2013 at 12:49 AM

      Everyone in the NHL should start skating circles around all those guys with big contracts then.

      • jpelle82 - Oct 7, 2013 at 9:10 AM

        i was speaking to the fact they just took a leap of faith and signed a 23 year old developing defenseman to a seven year deal and he has had 5 previous concussions. it just figures something like this happens 2 games into that contract.

    • polegojim - Oct 7, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      Sorry Josi was hurt.

      Downie is NOT a jerk for making a legal hit

  2. earpaniac - Oct 6, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    I wonder how many concussions guys like Bobby Hull and Gordie Howe had. Or gave, for that matter

  3. kingsfan93 - Oct 6, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    I feel bad that.this happened to a good d-man.

    But shouldn’t the NHL be more aware of this type of pattern for someone like R. Josi case of having concussion history?

    But this isn’t S. Downie’s first or last cheap shot he will take, unless someone like Chara or John Scott puts him in his place.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Oct 7, 2013 at 12:21 AM

      F off. Clean hit

      Sharks fan

  4. ak5040 - Oct 6, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Downie is a beast. The NHL reviewed this and deemed it clean. Suck it up. It’s hockey.

  5. earpaniac - Oct 7, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Violent doesn’t equal dirty.

  6. jernster21 - Oct 7, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Why is it a “questionable” hit even after Shanahan already said it was a clean hit? Time to get over it. Landeskog got a concussion last year too, and he got smoked with his head down…that’s hockey.

  7. prov1x - Oct 7, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    So clean he turtles when Weber went after him. He left his skates, got a penalty, should have got more. He will get his comeuppance on Nov 6. He’s a punk.

    • polegojim - Oct 7, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      Did you even watch the game – it wasn’t just Weber… it was two or three guys… including Weber

      What would you do, start fighting them both at the same time and the assure a suspension and game misconduct? Yeah, that would be real smart.

      And WOW… retribution for a legal hit. Whoever paints the target should remember it can very easily go both ways. McLeod will be watching and waiting.

  8. dokan0 - Oct 7, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    He “turtles” because TWO guys grab him and force him down, and start punching him – not just Weber. This isn’t answering the bell, this is two guys jumping somebody. Downie is perfectly willing to drop the gloves, when given that option.
    Not a questionable hit. Plenty of video evidence that has been reviewed over and over. Downie was following the puck, and had an opportunity to deliver a big hit. Josi was not aware of his surroundings, which made it worse. Shanahan has made the call, and can back his decision up with FACT and EVIDENCE, not emotion. Not suspension worthy. Get over it.
    Downie’s history should not factor into the decision on wether or not a hit is legal or not. If it has any influence, it should be on the punishment if the player is found guilty. (IE: He didn’t learn from the last suspension, so the next will be worse.)
    Let’s face it: if Kronwall had delivered this hit, it would be on every highlight reel, and everyone would be saying what a great hit it was.
    Why are we not getting any official updates on Josi’s condition? Hopefully it is not a concussion, but until we get official word, all people can do is speculate.

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