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Yup, Dale Weise has a concussion

Jun 2, 2014, 11:39 AM EDT

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This might not seem like breaking news, but Montreal Canadiens forward Dale Weise has a concussion. Habs GM Marc Bergevin confirmed the injury suspicions at his year-end press conference.

Weise was injured midway through the third period in Game 5 against the New York Rangers when he took a head-high hit from defenseman John Moore. Moore was suspended two games for the hit.

Bergevin said they found out the next day Weise had a concussion. As for why he returned to the game, Bergevin explained how that came about.

“NHL has a protocol,” Bergevin said. “If the player says he’s OK, and the test says he’s OK, then he’s OK. There are flaws.”

The problem here was that Weise was not OK. Weise was put out of the game for a short time, but played over a minute more in the closing moments of the Canadiens’ 7-4 Game 5 victory.

Weise’s injury was said to be a “body injury” and not a head injury. Bergevin said the reasons for being elusive about the situation was because injuries aren’t discussed in the playoffs. That is, of course, unless a head coach makes veiled mention about knowing what an injury an opposing player had.

  1. trbowman - Jun 2, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Is it Wednesday yet?

  2. joey4id - Jun 2, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    The NHL, NHLPA, and Montreal Canadiens must do a better job to protect the players. I’m far from being a doctor, but have done a lot of reading and research on brain trauma. It was obvious that Weise had suffered a concussion the moment he got up. Shame on all for letting Weise come back in the game.

    joey4id – May 28, 2014 at 8:24 AM
    stakex, ‘We’ll have to see if Weise was injured on the play’
    It’s obvious that Weise suffered a Grade One concussion. The head was the main point of contact so it was a pure head shot. There is no doubt that it will be a suspension. 1 for sure but 2 is in the realm of possibility.

    ‘In Grade One, a concussion causes temporary disorientation.’

    joey4id – May 28, 2014 at 8:14 AM
    A clear indication that Weise suffered a concussion was the fact that he could barely stand on his feet after the hit. He should not have come back to play.

    There are three grades of concussion. In Grade One, a concussion causes temporary disorientation. The person remains conscious and the symptoms are gone within 15 minutes.’

    ‘Regardless of the type of concussion, a person?s brain remains highly vulnerable for at least the next few days. Any additional concussions, which are sometimes called “mini-concussions”, can compound the damage that was inflicted by the first concussion.

    In fact, another concussion can be fatal – which is sometimes what happens with second impact syndrome, which happens when the brain and its arteries swell to dangerous levels.’

    • thesportsjudge - Jun 2, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      Do you CONSTANTLY pat yourself on the back, joey?

      • joey4id - Jun 2, 2014 at 1:54 PM

        Yes! :-)

      • thesportsjudge - Jun 2, 2014 at 2:57 PM

        Well, hey, fair enough. At least you are honest and own up to it.

    • micasa81 - Jun 2, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      Notwithstanding your irritatingly diligent self-quotes, I have to say that your overall conclusion is bang-on. The decision re: concussion protocols needs to be in the hands of a league official, not with the player or any member of the player’s organization. Classifying the signs of a concussion is considerably easier than spotting the veracity of most on-ice infractions.

      • joey4id - Jun 2, 2014 at 3:14 PM

        To assist the medical teams on game day, how about an on site certified athletic trainer who watches the game to look for players with a potential head injury who may require assessment by an independent physician? Similar to the NFL concussion protocol.

        Don’t let the self quotes get in the way of the comment. They’re noise and serve a purpose, and contrary to popular belief it’s not for self gratification.

  3. joey4id - Jun 2, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    BTW, I do pat others on the back (well not literally) as well when their prediction has materialized. Ex: Joe Yeardon’s cup prediction back in Oct/2014 was LAK over NYR. If LA wins, then he blomfeld becomes #2 on my all time list of heroes, and JY becomes numero uno. See below.

    joey4id – Jun 2, 2014 at 8:47 AM
    Yeardon’s cup prediction is looking pretty good. Kudos! Not only did he pick the Kings to win, but he also picked the Rangers to be in the SCF. Brough & Halford also picked the Kings to win. Dadoun & O’Brien picked the Rangers to represent the EC in the SCF. Well done.

    Better luck next year, Cam.

    Jason Brough: Los Angeles Kings over Detroit Red Wings
    Mike Halford: Los Angeles Kings over Boston Bruins
    Ryan Dadoun: St. Louis Blues over New York Rangers
    James O’Brien: St. Louis Blues over New York Rangers
    Joe Yerdon: Los Angeles Kings over New York Rangers
    Cam Tucker: Washington Capitals over Chicago Blackhawks

    Joe Yerdon: Los Angeles Kings over New York Rangers
    The Kings are one of a handful of teams that can hang with Chicago in the West. Their skill, toughness, and goaltending are as good as it gets. The Rangers shake out as a team that seems to have it more put together. If not having Torts in their ears makes the difference, and I think it will, they’ll be right there.

    Go Kings!

  4. dolphincult - Jun 2, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Sorry Joey. You are killing the comments section for me. Its like your daily editorial. So Now I don’t even read your comments. Instant thumbs down and move on.

    • joey4id - Jun 2, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      dolpgincult, please don’t read this comment.

      that is your prerogative. no need to apologize. i won’t apologize to you if i chose not to read your comments.

      PS you may thumbs this one down of it gives you satisfaction. small things amuse small minds.

  5. dolphincult - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    looks like I don’t need to Joey, other poster obviously have taken care of it already. Take a hint. Are you so insecure in your opinion that you need to post 100x a day in order to feel like people are listening?

    • joey4id - Jun 3, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      Yawn! Bored! Move on.

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