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Puck Daddy: NHL doesn’t want to negotiate settlement with concussion lawsuit plaintiffs

From Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski:

The National Hockey League has “no desire” to engage in settlement discussions with the players involved in a class action lawsuit that alleges negligence and fraud by the League regarding concussions.

An excerpt from a League memo, distributed to the Board of Governors at their meeting this week in New York and acquired by Yahoo Sports, makes it clear that the NHL feels there is no "smoking gun" that gives the plaintiffs an advantage in the civil case or a path to settlement like in the National Football League’s concussion suit. 

From the internal NHL memo:

“While recent signals suggest plaintiffs are anxious to begin settlement discussions (similar to what transpired in the NFL), we have indicated to them no desire to engage in such discussions, primarily because we feel so strongly in the merits of our case and the leadership role (among all sports leagues) we have taken in the study, prevention, diagnosis and management of concussions.

“In this regard, it should be pointed out that the NFL entered settlement negotiations and reached preliminary agreement before any meaningful discovery had been conducted in their cases – perhaps because of a concern of their ‘facts’ and what discovery in those cases might reveal.

“By contrast, despite extensive discovery to date, we have yet to find any document or other evidence that would tend to support the plaintiffs’ theory of the case.”

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Hank1974's avatar

Promote fighting and head-checks and then tell players suffering from brain damage to ‘eff-off’.

Shawn Matthias was twice checked to the head, illegally, last season and neither perpertrator got a suspension.

If I’m an ex-NHLer fighting from a brain injury, that’s exhibit A displaying the NHL’s careless regard for head injuries.

Exibit B would be of Dustin Byfuglien punching Cory Perry in the back of the head after a goal and not even receiving a penalty, let alone suspension.

But then I guess the NHL is basically saying that continuous punches and checks to the head don’t result in permanent or long-term damage.

“Hello sand? May I stick my head in you?”

Posted by Hank1974 on 10/01/15 at 03:30 PM ET

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