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The Rest Of The News From The Wings’ Morning Skate

via Kan tweets,

Babcock said Emmerton wasn't available anyway because he hurt his hand the last game. Ericsson is due back Wednesday, Babcock said.

Daniel Alfredsson (lower back inflammation) said he feels better and hopes to start skating in next couple days.

No update on Datsyuk. Doctors told him to stay off ice for a few days to see how injury responds. Working out off-ice.

Franzen continues to skate but not full-out. Still not feeling well and no way of knowing when he'll be better.

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perfection's avatar

concussions are so damn mysterious to me. you see guys get knocked out cold by disgustingly hard head hits, taken off on a stretcher, rushed to the hospital, and then go on to miss way less time than a guy who gets dinged the way Franzen did. It obviously hurt him at the time, but he was far from knocked out and even took a minor penalty for smashing his stick and freaking out afterwards. yet he continues to “suffer symptoms”. Scary stuff man

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 01/20/14 at 03:31 PM ET

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I have serious concerns Franzen is done. The slight shot he took a month ago (that didn’t even knock him out, just made him angry) has caused him this much trouble. So let’s say he comes back. Any body check he gives or receives could send him out this long again.

Everytime he gets a jolt, he has concussion symptoms for a month or more? What’s the quality of life for the next 40 years going to be? Wake up every day feeling dizzy and having headaches? With all this Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) research coming out, what kind of people who are already suffering, want to go back out there and take further risk?

My guess is, if he isn’t back by mid-February, there’s a good chance he retires.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 01/20/14 at 03:46 PM ET

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What? Mid February? You think Crosby should have just quit out and retire? He was out for WAAYYY Longer with a concussion.

Posted by Pasha1277 on 01/20/14 at 05:12 PM ET

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Eaves missed an entire year too

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 01/20/14 at 05:39 PM ET

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Here’s an opportunity for Sheahan and Jurco to exploit.  I reckon we won’t see Franzen until after the Olympics.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 01/20/14 at 06:09 PM ET

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My concern is these injured guys get back just in time to play for their respective countries and either exacerbate an existing injury or get a new one.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 01/20/14 at 06:18 PM ET

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Eaves missed an entire year too

Andreas Lilja about that long as well.  He’s in the same age range and part of that generation of Swede-Novi-living-Wings and has seemed to be fine since he came back.

But as said previously, concussions are mysterious creatures.  I have had many, never had post concussion syndrome.  Some people (like Pat LaFontaine) had horrific post-concussion syndrome after their first.  None of it is especially predictable save that CTE is going to be there waiting for all of us who had multiple concussions and, as of right now, the outlook isn’t great.

The really frustrating part is that there’s still so very many pieces of misinformation out there.  Vitolambruski mentioned, ” Any body check he gives or receives could send him out this long again” and “Everytime he gets a jolt, he has concussion symptoms for a month or more?” - which seems to be referencing the old belief that each concussion makes you more prone to another one.  After Crosby’s concussions I recall reading doctors say he was no more likely to have another concussion than he was before them.  It’s difficult to know which is true when the medical opinion changes so rapidly.

With all this Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) research coming out, what kind of people who are already suffering, want to go back out there and take further risk?

This is an excellent question but, like it or not, Franzen has $5,000,000 reasons to play next season and the season after that.  Then it drops to 3.5M, 2M, 1M and 1M, but you have to factor that in.  He’s going to require medical attention after he retires.  He’s had two knee surgeries and a history of concussions.  An extra 2.5M or so (figuring ~40% to tax, 5% to agents and) for the next two years, each, could go a long way to paying those future bills and at that point it’s a question of will his quality of life degrade enough by playing one more season, then one more, that it’s not worth it from a financial aspect and that’s a complete side issue to his desire to keep playing and I think it’s safe to assume there are very few 34 year old professional athletes who do not desire to keep going.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 01/20/14 at 06:38 PM ET

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