It's quite possible that Mike Richards' suspected concussion cost Terry Murray his job as coach of the Los Angeles Kings. The team hasn't won a game since Richards took a hit to the chin from the Florida Panthers' Sean Bergenheim on Dec. 1.
"Concussion? I don't know," Holmgren said when I asked what we were calling his injury before it was diagnosed. "I wouldn't go that far just yet. Sometimes they come forward after a certain period of time. He actually has more issues with his neck."
That may be the case, but now the Flyers are labeling Giroux's head injury as a concussion, too.
And of course there's Sidney Crosby, who's at the forefront of this issue again. He's out indefinitely after concussion symptoms returned this weekend during light exertion. Crosby passed the concussion diagnosis test but said his body is off. He's listening to his body.
Concussion recovery is now a daily way of life in the NHL and is again having an impact on the standings. It's good that players are taking symptoms seriously. It's not good when the best players in the game aren't playing.
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