Brayden Schenn’s Latest Injury Is A Concussion

9 Dec

VOORHEES, N.J. — But wait, there’s more. It’s not just Chris Pronger, it’s Brayden Schenn too. The Flyers announced on Friday that the 20-year-old has a mild concussion and, according to general manager Paul Holmgren, Schenn won’t play this weekend.

He has missed the last two games with what the Flyers reported as an upper-body injury. It turns out that he got hit in the nose in the third period against the Phoenix Coyotes and got his bell rung hard enough for what he says is his first career concussion.

“[He] continued to play in the game, felt fine on the way home,” said Holmgren. “I think we had an off-day the next day, came in Monday he didn’t feel great. We kept him off the ice. We checked Tuesday, did an ImPACT test, passed that, went out for practice, felt pretty good halfway through practice and comes off after the end of practice and ‘I don’t feel great.’

“So, we’ve got to shut him down. Those are the rules and that’s what we’re dealing with.”

Schenn thinks it may have been Raffi Torres who hit him and kept him out of the lineup most recently. But he’s not concerned with retribution; he just wants to be healthy.

“It just seems to be one thing after another right now, but for me I’m just gonna keep positive and hopefully it will turn around eventually,” said Schenn. “It’s definitely never fun sitting out, watching the team. The good thing is that they’re winning hockey games and they’re playing good hockey right now.”

The Flyers claim that the concussion is a mild one, so there is no need for Schenn to travel with Pronger to Pittsburgh next Wednesday to see two concussion specialists. He hopes to return to the ice as soon as Monday to begin skating.

“Hopefully it gets better day-by-day and I guess you don’t want to rush it,” said Schenn. “There’s still a lot of hockey left and obviously for me I’m real anxious to finally get out there and get back and start playing. At the same time, you don’t want to push it too quick.”

Schenn says that to his knowledge he hasn’t had a concussion in his career. It makes it even scarier that the symptoms didn’t show up immediately for him.

“I was planning on playing in Buffalo,” said Schenn. “I’d play through anything, but for the reason of the symptoms, you don’t want to play through that because anything could happen.”

In his last two games, against Anaheim and Phoenix, Schenn was knocking on the door numerous times and came dangerously close to getting his first NHL goal, but now, thanks to a hit, the picture looks grim.

“You just want to be careful and cautious with the headshots and concussions that are around the league right now,” said Schenn. “Just be cautious while you can and make sure it goes away.”

Ironically, the Flyers had a team meeting on Friday with league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan. He went over things like headshots, and big hits to eliminate concussions.

“To get clarification from him,” said Schenn, “standing in front of you for a half hour, that’s good for everyone.”

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