New Category: The “CR” – Concussion Reserve

Here’s a list of players on the CR.  How many of them are still taking up roster spots?


25 + 72 – David Perron, St. Louis – took a head shot on a hit from San Jose’s Joe Thornton on Nov. 4, 2010 and missed the remaining 72 matches last season and the start of this year. He scored a goal in his return on Dec. 3.

24 – Peter Mueller, Colorado – missed last season with a concussion and after three games this year he began suffering symptoms on Oct. 12.

23 – Andy McDonald, St. Louis — was hit in a scrum by his own teammate David Backes in a game against Dallas on Oct. 12.

23 – Jay Beagle, Washington — suffered a head injury in a fight with Pittsburgh forward Arron Asham on Oct. 12.

23 games – Marc Staal, N.Y. Rangers – was hit head-on by his brother Eric during a Feb. 22 game against Carolina. He missed the next three games, but returned to action to finish the season and playoffs. He was hampered by headaches in training camp and has yet to play this season. 

20 + 41 – Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh – was knocked out of action with a concussion on Jan. 5 and after 320 days on the sidelines Sid the Kid finally returned to action on Nov. 21.

20 – Jochen Hecht, Buffalo – was concussed in a preseason game in Germany and didn’t return to action until Nov. 23.

19 — Radek Martinek, Columbus – the Blue Jackets defenceman was knocked out of game against Detroit on Oct. 22.

18 – James Reimer, Toronto – the Maple Leafs maintain that their goalie did not suffer a concussion, but he has missed significant time with concussion-like symptoms after his mask was knocked off by Montreal captain Brian Gionta on Oct. 22. He returned on Dec. 3

11 – Tyler Kennedy, Pittsburgh – troubled by concussion-like symptoms since Oct. 16. He returned to action on Nov. 15.

11 – Guillaume Latendresse, Minnesota – the Wild forward collided into the boards and suffered a concussion in a game against San Jose on Nov. 10.  

9 – Cody McCormick, Sabres – he suffered a concussion in a game against Montreal on Nov. 14.

9 – Marek Zidlicky, Minnesota – the Wild D suffered a concussion when hit by Columbus forward Derek Dorsett in a game on Nov. 15.

8 – Ryan Miller, Buffalo – suffered a head injury when he collided with Bruins forward Milan Lucic in a race of a loose puck on Nov. 12. He returned on Dec. 3.

7 – Francis Bouillon, Nashville — suffered concussion on Jan. 16. After missing 51 regular season and playoff games last year and the first seven matches this season, he returned to action on Oct. 25.

5 – Ben Smith, Chicago – missed the first five games of the regular season following a hit to the head by Detroit defenceman Brendan Smith in an exhibition game.

5 – Carlo Colaiacovo, St. Louis – suffered a concussion after taking an awkward spill into the boards in the Blues season opener on Oct. 8. He returned on Oct. 21.
5 – Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa – the Senators captain was hit by Rangers forward Wojtek Wolski on Oct. 29 and returned on Nov. 11.

5 – Adam McQuaid – hit his head on the ice during an Oct. 12 game and returned to action on Oct. 27.

4 – Rick DiPietro, N.Y. Islanders — took a shot off the mask in practice on Oct. 12 and suffered a concussion. He returned on Oct. 25.

3 – Marco Scandella, Minnesota – the Wild defenceman was knocked out of action with a concussion on Nov. 12 and returned on Nov. 23.

3 – Steve Mason, Columbus – was hit in the head in practice by a shot from teammate Rick Nash on Nov. 21 and returned six days later.

3 – Kris Letang, Pittsburgh – suffered a concussion after an open-ice hit from Montreal’s Max Pacioretty on Nov. 26.

3 – Zbynek Michalek, Pittsburgh – also suffered a concussion in the same game as Letang on Nov. 26.

Total – 286 man-games lost to head injuries so far this season.

Here is a summary of the players who have been suspended this season and the portion of their salary they will lose.  How many of these guys take up roster spots…. not many.


Clarke MacArthur, Maple Leafs: 2 games ($35,135.14)

Brendan Smith, Red Wings 3 ($23,648.65)

Tom Sestito, Flyers 2 ($5,945.94)

J-F Jacques, Ducks: 5 ($17,567.55)

James Wisniewski, Blue Jackets 8 ($536,585.36)

Brad Staubitz, Wild 5 ($9,324.33)

Jody Shelley, Flyers 5 ($67,073.15)

PL Letourneau-Leblond, Flames 1 ($6,402.44)

Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Wild 2 ($44,108.10)

Kris Letang, Penguins 2 ($37,837.84)

Dan Carcillo, Blackhawks 2 ($8,378.38)

Andy Sutton, Oilers 5 ($57,432.45)

Patrick Kaleta, Sabres 5 ($19,261.64)

Chris Stewart, Blues 3 ($46,621.62)

Andre Deveaux, Rangers 3 ($8,513.52)

Max Pacioretty, Canadiens 3 ($26,351.34)

Total – 56 games $950,187.45



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