Sidney Crosby, Jeff Skinner still out indefinitely with concussion symptoms…Shea Weber’s agent unhappy over hit…Epidemic or education?…Jaromir Jagr makes first return to Pittsburgh as a Flyer…Brian Campbell leading the Panthers…Ken Hitchcock prefers to teach, not yell…NHL ignoring “atrocities” against Wild?…Ted Nolan’s latest job.
THE TENNESSEAN: The agent for Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber is unhappy the league didn’t suspend Dallas Stars forward Mark Fistric for his recent hit on Weber, which resulted in a concussion for the defenseman.
SPORTSNET.CA: Nick Kypreos, whose NHL career was ended by a concussion, believes the current rise of concussion injuries in the NHL is due more to education about the condition, in that more players and teams are better educated about the symptoms and treatment, leading to the increase in the reportage of these injuries.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kypreos makes a very good point, as well as the suggestion that concussion injuries should be reported in terms of level, or grade, of the injury.
PHILLY.COM/POST-GAZETTE.COM: Jaromir Jagr will make his first return to Pittsburgh, where he played the best years of his NHL career, as a member of the Flyers. Many Penguins fans were furious with Jagr this summer when he spurned an offer to return to his former team to sign with the arch-rival Flyers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Expect Jagr to be booed mercilessly every time he touches the puck. I doubt it’ll have any effect upon his performance.
SUNSENTINEL.COM: Defenseman Brian Campbell has emerged as a leader on the Panthers, boosting the club’s offensive game, especially their power-play.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: His salary is still cringe-worthy, but Campbell’s been a big reason for the Panthers improved performance this season.
STLTODAY.COM: Blues coach Ken Hitchcock wasn’t pleased with his team’s recent loss to Detroit, but rather than chew out his players as he used to do earlier in his coaching career, now prefers to teach them how to improve their game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s probably one of the reasons the Blues have responded so well since he took over as head coach earlier this season.
TWINCITIES.COM: Tom Powers suggests the NHL is ignoring the number of suspendable hits being levied upon Minnesota Wild players by their opponents.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t believe league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan is deliberately ignoring the Wild, but there have been a couple of incidents, as highlighted by Powers, which were suspendable that Shanahan opted not to review, or decided didn’t violate Rule 48. Shanahan would be wise to pay a little closer attention to this situation.
CANOE.CA: Former NHL coach Ted Nolan is in charge of Latvia’s ice hockey program.