Archive for April 16th, 2012

Shanny Speaks on WFAN

- April 16th, 2012

Daniel Alfredsson’s future is clouded at best.
While Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson told reporters Sunday the Ottawa captain will be a “game time” decision for Game 3 Monday night at Scotiabank Place, NHL VP of safety Brendan Shanahan revealed this morning nobody is sure how long the 39-year-old.
Shanahan confirmed Alfredsson has a concussion. He missed five games earlier this year after a hit to the head by Rangers winger Wojtek Wolski.
“Usually when I deal with an injury report from a team doctor, most of these guys say what Ottawa said to me was this could be one day, it could be one year. You just don’t know,” Shanahan told WFAN New York Monday morning.
“We’ve had that situation happen before where we thought something was one day and it ends up being one month. We’ve had situations where a guy thought he was really bad and ends up feeling good. I don’t pretend to be a doctor. It’s very clear, at the very least, he’s not faking. Otherwise, he would have come back and played on the power play in the last game and played the rest of an important game.
“Whether he’s back tonight or whether he’s back later in the week, we just don’t know. I made the call, at the very least, knowing that whether it’s serious or not serious _ we just don’t know with head injuries _ there was an injury.”
Shanahan said the injury was the reason Hagelin got a three-game suspension and defenceman Matt Carkner only one game for sucker punching Brian Boyle
“The biggest difference between the two plays is there’s the head injury and concussion on one and there’s no injury on the other,” said Shanahan.
Shanahan said Hagelin’s hit was intentional.
“I do think Carl Hagelin’s a good kid,” said Shanahan. “He looks right at Daniel Alfredsson, skates at him and elbows him right in the head. And Alfredsson has to leave a big game, an important game, and has a concussion and doesn’t come back.”