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by George Malik on 10/19/13 at 03:08 PM ET
I've tried to keep the news regarding Niklas Kronwall's recovery from the concussion induced by Cody McLeod in the Red Wings-Coyotes game-day entry, but this video from the Free Press's Helene St. James merits its own entry as it encompasses Kronwall's media availability this "morning":
The "Tony" he refers to is Red Wings team physician Anthony Colucci, and Kronwall must pass his baseline neurologicaltest as adminstered by Colucci to be cleared to return to play.
“I feel really good, actually, after the circumstances,’’ Kronwall said following the club’s morning skate at Jobing.com Arena. “No issues. So far so good.’’
Listed as day-to-day, Kronwall isn’t sure when he’ll return to the lineup, but it should be a matter of days, not weeks.
“For some reason I thought he was closer to me than he was. I almost turned night into him,’’ Kronwall said. “But that’s already history. I’m feeling pretty good and looking forward to getting back on the ice with the guys.’’
McLeod apologized to Kronwall during the first intermission.
“I told him I shouldn’t have put myself and both of us in that spot, either,’’ Kronwall said. “I’m happy he reached out and I’ve got no hard feelings.’’
“Do a little bit more of a workout tomorrow and we’ll see on Monday,’’ Kronwall said. “I haven’t even seen Tony (team physician Colucci) yet. We’ll see what he says when I get back. We’ll go through the testing and go from there.’’
Kronwall said he texted his mother in Sweden and called his girlfriend in Detroit immediately after the hit to let them know he was fine. He spoke about the NHL’s efforts to eliminate head shots and hits from behind.
“First of all, anytime you get hit like that you got to look at what you could have done differently,’’ Kronwall said. “I know I could have done a lot of things differently. I shouldn’t have put myself in that spot in the first place. He’s coming in with a lot of speed, but I did turn the last second. It goes fast out there. It’s easy to go back and look at it in slow-motion and be very smart about things, but it’s hockey, everything is high-paced, it goes fast out there. Guys are going to make some bad decisions sometimes. In my case, I ended up on a stretcher, but I’m feeling pretty good and looking to get back on track.’’
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