Kaleta suffered a concussion in late March of 2009 but was cleared and went on to play the rest of the season with Buffalo.
Connolly suffered a concussion that knocked him out for the entire 2003-04 season and suffered another one in Game two of the 2006 Eastern Conference semi-finals.
He missed all of the next season until returning on April 7th. Connolly waited for symptoms to subside and then started working with the University at Buffalo’s Sports Medicine Institute and began to see positive results that brought him back to the ice:
“When he went to U.B. there, you could tell his demeanor completely changed,” Sabres defenseman Brian Campbell said. “When he started working out a little bit light and getting back on the bike, you could see progress and that will make anybody feel happier and more outgoing that way.”
It was scary to read about Connolly and then think about Staal or Sidney Crosby. Everyone is different in how they recover, but these Buffalo people seem to be top notch in their field. They think that prolonged rest and constant questions make the symptoms worse and the program that they put Connolly on made him better.
I had stayed positive in my thoughts about Staal because it seemed like John Tortorella and Glen Sather thought he would be back soon. When he was skating and going through all the training issues it made it seem like he was close, but it doesn’t seem like that was the case. If they thought he was gonna be out long-term then they would have said so, instead they probably thought that it wouldn’t linger. I hope he continues to work with these people in Buffalo, but however long he is out, he is out. Connolly missed a full season and then almost all of another. I hope that isn’t the case with Staal, but if he has to miss this season but come back healthy next season and beyond, it may be worth it.
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