Two days in to training camp and most feel as if there has not been any news of real import so far, but I am going to disagree vehemently. I believe there is potentially a serious and disquieting story on the horizon. I hope that I am wrong. I would be thrilled to be wrong. I don’t want to ever say told you so on this one, but Andrew Shaw’s concussion issues concern me greatly.
Shaw had been known as a work horse, nearly impossible to keep out of the lineup, when in mid-December of his first season with the Montreal Canadiens he simply leaned forward to poke at the puck. Torey Krug of the Boston Bruins didn’t let up in the face of a vulnerable player and he cratered Shaw to the ice. Initially, Shaw passed concussion protocols and finished the game that night. A few days later, Shaw could not stop the headaches and fatigue. It was a latent concussion.