Wednesday afternoon notes: All concussions, all the time

This afternoon's hockey notes continue the conversation around concussions in the NHL. We have an explanation of how concussions are diagnosed in the "quiet room" when a player gets hurt during a game, an update on Sidney Crosby's status, and of course, further reaction to the Shea Weber situation, ahead of tonight's Predators/Wild game at Bridgestone Arena (7:00 p.m. on FS-TN).

Just follow after the jump for all that and, as always, a whole lot more!

Nashville Predators News

Smashville 24/7: Know the Enemy: Bouillon previews Minnesota
Let The Cube drop some knowledge on you.

Coach Herbers On The Bourque Promotion | Admirals Roundtable
Listen in as Ian Herbers gives us a preview of what to expect from Gabriel Bourque tonight.

Smashville 24/7: Bourque ‘excited’, ‘nervous’ for NHL debut; Trotz comments on Geoffrion
Bourque will obviously be geeked up tonight.

Sport Seasons Area Spotlight – "Roll Preds"?
When Dan describes Marc as a "blooming writer", I can't help but hear that in a Cockney accent.

Weber ‘doubtful’ for Friday - Predators Insider
The longer he doesn't skate, the slower it will take him to return to the lineup.

Weber’s agent discusses the Fistric hit - Predators Insider
Shea's agent can't believe Fistric wasn't suspended for the Friday night hit.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

The Quiet Room Explained - Backhand Shelf
Some nice insight as to how concussions are diagnosed in the heat of battle.

The thin red line between concussions, entertainment for NHL - Puck Daddy
I'd like someone to tally how many recent concussions have had anything to do with the removal of the two-line offsides rule. Certainly none of the Preds' ones in recent memory are tied to it.

Crosby still sidelined with concussion-like symptoms - The Globe and Mail
An update on Sidney Crosby brings discouraging news for Penguins fans.

Gagne on I.R.; roster set " LA Kings Insider
"The Kings still haven’t disclosed Gagne’s injury, but it’s obvious that he hurt himself by hitting his head after a hit near the boards. There’s no timetable on a return." Obviously, it's the flu.

Video, Notes from Islanders 'GM Show' with Garth Snow - Lighthouse Hockey
New York Islanders GM Garth Snow addressed the fans in something akin to the Preds' Skate Of The Union. That's got to be tough for a team in that situation.

All Signs Point to John Madden Landing with Florida Panthers | On Frozen Pond
The Panthers have been ravaged by injury, and are apparently going to sign Madden to shore up their center depth.

Systems Analyst: A Baffling Line Change and Poor Pivot Puts the Caps Down 1-0 - Backhand Shelf
I can't stand bad line changes.

A Graphic Look at Bryzgalov's Struggles - Broad Street Hockey
I am a big fan of rolling 10-game averages, however.

Video: This 3-year-old knows San Jose Sharks better than you - Puck Daddy
True story - when my youngest son was 6, he walked up to the dugout where I was helping with my daughter's softball game. He asked the score (they were getting hammered), and upon being told that he replied, "well, at least that's not as bad as when the Montreal Canadiens beat the Quebec Bulldogs 16-3 back in 1920."

The 2011 People of the Year in Hockey Broadcasting " Puck The Media
Celebrating those who have made your TV hockey experience all the better this year.

Why The New York Rangers Are In First Place In The Eastern Conference - Blueshirt Banter
And here you thought it had something to with the Rangers having the most points in the standings? Silly Goose.

20 Questions: Fehr drawn to NHL players - National Post
Get a peek inside the mind of the NHLPA Executive Director, as he prepares for CBA negotiations to come after the All-Star Game.

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