NHL: Montreal Canadiens’ Max Pacioretty Could Be Back in 2011; Should He Play?

March 17th, 2011 by Robert Ivaniszyn Leave a reply »
According to multiple reports—including those by B/R’s own Kamal Panesar—Max Pacioretty could return to the Montreal Canadiens during the playoffs this year. His recovery from a severe concussion and a fracture in his fourth vertebrae has gone better than anyone could have hoped and he could be skating in contact practice in as little as three weeks.

With all the talk lately around not only this hit and injury, but also all concussions in general, the question is no longer "Will he recover?" but rather, "Should he come back this season if he is cleared to play?"

We have seen Eric Lindros—a promising star in the league in his day—have his career and production cut much shorter than it should’ve been by concussion after concussion. After eight known concussions, Lindros finally retired after playing only 760 games in 13 seasons in the NHL.

We’ve also seen—questions about his toughness aside—Sidney Crosby sidelined for two months and counting after two hard hits left him with a concussion. Crosby certainly hasn’t been too pressured by the organization to rush back onto the ice, as the Pengu ...

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