Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Salo's Injury Confirmed as a Concussion

The clipping play that gave Brad Marchand of the Bruins a 5-game ban this week, ended up giving Sami Salo a concussion, when he went over on his head after the solid low-bridging.  Salo will get all of the protocol treatment from the team, which will keep him out of the line-up for at least a week, but of course, being as early as it is, there won't be any timetable for his return, as of yet.

It hasn't been the most productive of seasons for Salo in Vancouver, but what he has been able to produce has come at some very clutch times, which has to be considered when you start comparing his season.  On the surface, however, he's only picked up 6 goals and 10 assists in 38 games for the Canucks this year, missing out on Monday night's game in Florida to start his time away.  Salo currently ranks 272nd in pool scoring on Tuesday afternoon, good for 46th among all defensemen.

ImplicationsSalo belongs to Dale C. in the draft this year, who currently sits in 5th place, the last money spot, in the standings and is certainly in the conversation to either move up or down at the midpoint of the season.  If Salo only misses out on a week's worth of action, that would theoretically only mean missing out on a couple of points, according to his scoring rate this year, so that wouldn't be so bad.  If the concussion symptoms last any longer than the week, then we could start talking about larger implications down the road.

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