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Canes’ Semin out indefinitely with concussion

Nov 19, 2013, 1:26 PM EDT

On Monday, Carolina head coach Kirk Muller confirmed that forward Alex Semin has suffered a concussion, and will be out indefinitely.

Semin, 29, was held out of Monday’s 4-1 loss to the Bruins after getting shook up during a 4-2 loss to the Blues on Saturday. It’s possible Semin — who played just 11:55 against St. Louis before leaving — was injured on this hit from Alex Pietrangelo:

This isn’t Semin’s first experience with concussions. Last season, the ‘Canes shut him down for the final two games of the year with a similar ailment, though circumstances were somewhat different as he actually played a whopping 23:10 against the Islanders (and said he felt “OK” afterward) before Carolina ruled him out.

The Russian sniper had a great first year in Carolina, scoring 44 points in 44 games and earning a five-year, $35 million contract extension. This season has been a disappointment, however, as Semin has just three goals and nine points through 20 games.

  1. sjsharks66 - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Shoulder right to the chin. How many players are the Blues going to concuss this year? Just curious.

  2. thecheeman - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    It’s almost like there was a reason he was only geting one-year deals before this season.

  3. jhaegs - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    @sjsharks66

    Really??? How long did it take for Stewart to get suspended this season? How many times will Torres cheap shot someone if/when he comes back?

    This was a clean hit. Semin decided to go all Hertl out there, and got caught reaching. Petro didn’t pick the head- he went through the body.

    How many times are Sharks fans going to say “Torres is a changed man”, even though he was just suspended in last year’s playoffs? Just curious.

    • joey4id - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      What does ‘he went through the body’ mean? Did he get hit on the chin after or before he went through the body? If this is a clean hit and it caused a concussion, then I have to question the safety of the equipment the players are wearing. Maybe it’s time to assess if parting ways with the hard shelled shoulder and elbow pads will help minimize the risks.

      • ejbigg - Nov 19, 2013 at 3:16 PM

        They changed the shoulder pads three years ago and added a half inch of foam to the shoulders in the hope of reducing concussions. One unintended result was that many players said they felt as though it gave them the ability to be more reckless knowing they had softer pads. Make them too small and we’ll be dealing with a “separated shoulder” problem instead of a “concussion” problem, and neither injury will ever go away completely.

      • joey4id - Nov 19, 2013 at 7:09 PM

        ejbigg, really. thanks for the info. I would think the lesser of two evils is the shoulder injury. Feeling the pain in your shoulder when you pick up your kids is not as bad as not recognizing them because you suffer from C.T.E.

      • babykaby - Nov 20, 2013 at 6:02 AM

        joey4id, you really believe you know everything about hockey and that your opinion is the only one that matters, don’t you? Delusional.

      • joey4id - Nov 20, 2013 at 6:57 AM

        What can I say. I do know everything…. almost.. ;-)

  4. pitpenguinsrulez - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Stay classy people on PHT

  5. sjsharks66 - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    “How many times will Torres cheap shot someone if/when he comes back” well as of now he has 0 cheap shots. So that point is invalid. As for his playoff suspension, Stoll even said it was a clean hit.

    Nice try though.

  6. jhaegs - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    “How many times will Torres cheap shot someone if/when he comes back” well as of now he has 0 cheap shots. So that point is invalid. As for his playoff suspension, Stoll even said it was a clean hit.

    Nice try though.”

    ———————————————-
    Right now he has 0 cheap shots? This year- yes you’re right. Judging by your “no comprende”, I’m going to say English isn’t you’re first language.

    I guess everyone should consult Stoll from now on when there’s a questionable hit. He probably called it clean so he can justify a future hit of his own. I wonder if Hossa called Raffi’s hit on him “clean”. Then again, that was a WHOLE 2yrs ago, so we shouldn’t judge Raffi “The Saint” Torres by that incident.

  7. sjsharks66 - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Yes, because of Torres’s past this hit is justified as clean. That seems to be what you are getting at. You must just be an angry Blues fan who won’t accept when a player hits someone in the head.

    At least Sharks fans admitted that Stuart made slight contact with the head. We just did not agree on the length of the suspension given Stuarts clean record.

  8. jhaegs - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    “What does ‘he went through the body’ mean? Did he get hit on the chin after or before he went through the body? If this is a clean hit and it caused a concussion, then I have to question the safety of the equipment the players are wearing. Maybe it’s time to assess if parting ways with the hard shelled shoulder and elbow pads will help minimize the risks.”

    If you watch the slow-mo, you’ll see Petro make the initial contact with Semin’s shoulder. There have been quite a few hits this year alone that show a player picking the head in similar situations. The hit on Hertl is one example. There’s a reason Hertl was sent spinning like a helicopter. It doesn’t help that Semin got shoved in the back just prior…

    The more dangerous hit to happen that night was the 4 crosschecks to Sobotka’s back, with the last one sending him head first into the boards.

  9. jhaegs - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    “Yes, because of Torres’s past this hit is justified as clean. That seems to be what you are getting at. You must just be an angry Blues fan who won’t accept when a player hits someone in the head.

    At least Sharks fans admitted that Stuart made slight contact with the head. We just did not agree on the length of the suspension given Stuarts clean record.”

    As I said, you no comprende. This was a clean hit. Has nothing to do with Torres. “Slight contact”? Nash is JUST coming back from that slight contact. Isn’t Stewart like 2″-3″ shorter than Nash? Amazing that he got his elbow up that high on accident. Weird how his skates came off the ice before the hit, too… His lack of history and the length of that suspension tells you how stupid the hit was.

  10. sjsharks66 - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Why are you quoting everyone? Just write your reply. This hit made contact with the head and Semin is concussed. Bottom line.

  11. jhaegs - Nov 19, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Because I’m on my phone and it doesn’t have a “reply” button, princess. What’s the matter- am I forcing you to actually read the stupid things you’re typing?

    • curioustraveler13 - Nov 19, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      “princess”? Who do you think you are, John Scott?

  12. jhaegs - Nov 19, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    As long as they don’t overdo anything (i.e. the NFL)…

  13. jhaegs - Nov 19, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    ^^^^^
    LOL

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