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Video- Could This Be The Cause Of Jeff Skinner’s Illness?

Skinner missed Friday’s game due to flu-like symptoms and has returned to Carolina for further evaluation while the Canes are in Toronto for their next game on Tuesday.

Maybe this has something to do with his illness:  Last Wednesday, late against Edmonton…

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I kinda’ thought it was a given it was related.

It’s time for the Shanabans to get harsher.  How about 10 games for a 1st time offense, and go form there?

Posted by Primis on 12/12/11 at 01:23 AM ET

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Primas, I figured it was a late game on Wed., the hit wasn’t talked about much on Thursday so thought I woule point it out to people who may have missed it.

Hopefully it doesn’t turn out to be a concussion, but some signs do point to it.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/12/11 at 01:27 AM ET

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Skinner looked fine in morning skate on Friday, but missed Friday’s game with “flu-like symptoms”, then flew to Raleigh today.  According to all reports, he was evaluated for some “undisclosed illness”.  He later flew to Toronto where he is now spending time with his parents. 

Team officials have said that he does not have concussion-related issues, but they won’t disclose whatever the “illness” is.  If there were any concussion concerns, they wouldn’t have subjected him to air travel like that.  Whatever this is, it’s something else.  Either that, or the team is lying about it.

I almost came out of retirement to write about this.

And for the record, there’s not a whole lot wrong with Sutton’s hit to Skinner.  The contact to the head was incidental.  The hit on Poni was dirty, and he was guilty of boarding one other time in the game.  Also, Sutton got away with a knee-to-knee hit on Staal.  Before anyone jumps to any conclusions about that, Staal missed practice today and probably tomorrow because his wife just had their second baby. 

The eight game suspension is exactly what I figured it would be.  I’m guessing that Shanahan told Sutton that if he doesn’t fly right, the next one will be 20 games or more.

Posted by David Lee from Greensboro, NC on 12/12/11 at 02:09 AM ET


I am not a big fan of Sutton’s predatory approach, but all in all it appeared to be legal. Not all concussions are caused by a direct head hit.  They are caused when the brain slams against the skull regardless of whether th blow was directly to the head. The flu like symptoms can be from the nausea caused by the concussion. Hopefully he will be ok. They said today he didn’t have a concussion and might play on Tuesday.

Posted by timbits on 12/12/11 at 02:12 AM ET

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Posted by David Lee from Greensboro, NC on 12/11/11 at 11:09 PM ET

Your post sounds an awful lot like the justifications that were made when Crosby was rushed back into the lineup after the hit he took in the Winter Classic.

I certainly hope you’re right and Skinner is truly okay in a day or two, but even more so I hope that the Canes and Skinner do what is best for Skinner as a person and don’t rush him back if there is some head injury here.

Posted by Nathan from wasting perfect passes from my teammates on 12/12/11 at 11:36 AM ET


Clean hit.

Posted by Mike G on 12/12/11 at 12:47 PM ET


Posted by Mike G on 12/12/11 at 09:47 AM ET

Was that the point?

Posted by Garth on 12/12/11 at 01:36 PM ET


We can’t say for sure whether this is a concussion situation or not, but it would hardly be the first time a team missed initial symptoms of a concussion only for them to become intolerable and un-ignorable days later.

Flu-like symptoms is a classic hockey euphomism for concussion, along with sinus problems, inner-ear problems, and dehydration.

Posted by Dave on 12/12/11 at 01:59 PM ET

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