Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sheet Player News (Jan. 15)

On Tuesday night, Hurricanes defenseman Jaroslav Spacek was hit in the head with a puck, while playing the Flyers. He had left the game in the 2nd period and didn't return. On Thursday night in Tampa, Spacek did return to the ice and he was able to play the whole game against the Lightning, which led everyone to believe that he was okay. Unfortunately, Saturday night at home to the Bruins, he was out and it sounds like it is the puck in the head incident that kept him out. The team hasn't said concussion yet, but there is a good chance that after the game on Thursday, he was finally starting to feel the symptoms, so this may be something to watch out for.

The Columbus Blue Jackets, on the other hand, do know for sure that their Box 3 forward, R.J. Umberger, is suffering from a concussion, which he had suffered earlier in the week when Ducks forward J-F Jacques hit him in the head in an open-ice situation.  Jacques was suspended for three games for the hit and now Umberger will have to miss some significant time, while his head gets cleared out of all the cobwebs.  The actual hit had happened a week ago, but Umberger didn't miss any time until Friday night when the Coyotes were in town and then again on Saturday night, when San Jose came to call.

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