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Perron Out With Headache

from Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

David Perron experienced headache symptoms during the Blues’ morning skate at TG Garden and will not play against the Boston Bruins on Saturday. Perron, who is tied for the team lead in goals with five, experienced the headaches as a result of a hit he sustained to the head on Thursday night at Scottrade Center.

San Jose forward Joe Thornton was given a major penalty and game misconduct on the play. A day later, the NHL handed down an additional two-game suspension to Thornton for blindside hit.

“It’s really unfortunate,” Blues president John Davidson said. “With head injuries, sometimes these symptoms show up a little later. We’ll just have to see how it goes with David, hopefully he’s all right.”

The situation places a large foot directly in the mouth of some national commentators, who criticized Perron for embellishing the play, insinuating his ability to return to the game and score a goal as corroborating evidence.


I wonder if those who claimed Perron embellished the play will make it right by saying they were wrong?

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CaliforniaPuck31's avatar

Keep your head up, kid

Posted by CaliforniaPuck31 from San Luis Obispo, CA on 11/06/10 at 09:08 PM ET

WingMan's avatar

Amen to that!

Hope, it’s nothing too serious and he returns quickly.

Posted by WingMan from The Q C on 11/06/10 at 09:19 PM ET

perfection's avatar

ok, so i respectfully disagree about this with you two. if you want to leave that hit in the game then fine, leave it in. but it was textbook blindside headshot which is now illegal. the onus was on Thornton on this one. if it was a north/south head-on hit, the onus is on Perron to keep his head up… but whatever. that’s all debatable, admittedly. but, with Peron’s symptoms, the comment below now makes a certain GM look like a complete idiot….

“In Joe’s case, it was clearly not a predatory-type hit with an intent to injure, shown by the fact that the player returned to the ice for his next shift so it is clear that the contact to the head was minimal” - doug wilson

...yeah, totally clear Doug. of course you could have actually WATCHED the hit before you made your blanket comments about how “minimal” of contact it was. i don’t care if he played or not afterwords, he got obviously smashed in the head. and is clearly hurt because of it. if Doug Wilson is so all about saving players from head injuries perhaps his scathing comments should have been directed towards the Blues org. for letting Perron go back into the game after receiving such a blatantly hard headshot.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 11/06/10 at 10:30 PM ET



Agreed that a real issue arising out of this is the Blues’ role in letting Perron return to the game.  When i heard him say he was experiencing a headache right after the hit, and then was back on the power play just moments later, I was a little skeptical of how the injury was handled.

Now?  This might become a bigger issue ultimately than Thornton’s hit.

Posted by nosferatu from Albany, NY on 11/07/10 at 03:01 AM ET

Reggie Dunlop's avatar

I wouldn’t nag on DWs comment, he still had a point.  If Thornton had thrown a predatory-type hit with an intent to injure Perron wouldn’t have finished that game nor would he only be dealing with headache symptoms. 

With Perron skating blindly into 6’4” Thornton, I would say the contact to the head was minimal.  You can’t expect Thornton to just get out of the way because Perron wasn’t paying attention.

Posted by Reggie Dunlop on 11/07/10 at 07:00 AM ET

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