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Let's talk about Concussions: Part I - understanding Traumatic Brain Injury

Sidney Crosby, Chris Pronger, Mark Savard, to name a few. There has recently been a plethora of concussions and head injuries in the NHL – and with some of the game’s biggest stars on the sidelines, officials and spectators are attempting to gain more insight into the mechanism of this form of head injury. I want to step outside the hockey realm for a moment, and talk about concussions from the point of view of a physician - information relevant to fans and athletes. 

A concussion is a subset of disease (yes, it is a disease) within the category of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and results from a traumatic blow that causes an...

Failure to Develop a Blue Line May Have Cost the Flyers JvR

Saturday night against Carolina, the Flyers dressed Kimmo Timonen, Luke Schenn, Braydon Coburn, Nicklas Grossmann, Kurtis Foster, and Bruno Gervais as their defense.

All six shared one thing in common -- not a single one of them were drafted by the Flyers.

In fact, the Flyers have a consistent issue with things like that. Since the lost season of 2004-05, the Flyers have not gotten more than 150 games played from a defensemen they drafted and only one home grown defensemen has played more than 200 games in a Flyers uniform since that time, Randy Jones, an undrafted defender.

(Pictured: Braydon Coburn and Kimmo Timonen. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

UPDATE: Claude Giroux Named Flyers Captain

The Flyers couldn't wait until Thursday.

It has been made official today that Claude Giroux has become the 19th captain in Flyers history. He replaces Chris Pronger, who has not played in 15 months, nor looks like he ever will return to the ice due to post-concussion symptoms.

Hartnell: "Giroux is ready to be captain"

Hockey will finally resume on January 19, but the talks concerning a certain letter in the alphabet has already begun for the Flyers.

Chris Pronger is nowhere nearing a return to the ice. And with his retirement inevitable - but not official due to his contract - the designated captain slot will remain vacant until the Flyers decide to finally fill the void.

Three names have been on the lips of fans during the 2011-12 season: veterans Danny Briere and Kimmo Timonen, and the young leader of the team, Claude Giroux. Only one of those players has remained a hot topic for the captaincy and it's the one who many around the NHL view to be the future of the Flyers and the league.

Sam Carchidi threw up a tweet that shouldn't come to a surprise to anyone. Giroux's best friend and locker room leader Scott Hartnell said that "Giroux is ready to be captain."

Free Agency 2012: Philadelphia Flyers Make Offers to UFAs Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, and Matt Carle

According to a report by the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sam Carchidi, the Philadelphia Flyers have made offers to unrestricted free agents Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, and Matt Carle. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun confirmed Carchidi’s report.

All three UFAs have been rumoured to be targeted by the Flyers, especially defensemen Suter and Carle.

Parise, one of the elite forwards in the league, is one of the top sought-after free agents this summer. After playing in just 13 games in the 2010-2011 season due to injury, he posted 69 points in 82 games during the 2011-2012 regular season, and another 15 points in 24 games during the playoffs.

Questions For Flyers As They Face Penguins In Game 1

Last season the Philadelphia Flyers entered the playoffs against the Buffalo Sabres with some questions surrounding their struggling goaltending and their defense.

Injuries played a factor as well, as the team was without the services of Chris Pronger who was out recovering from hand surgery.

Fast forward to this season and the Flyers yet again suffer from the injury bug as they enter the playoffs against their much maligned cross-state rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Trade Deadline Gone, Roster Set As Flyers Face Sharks

With the trade deadline in their review mirrors, the Philadelphia Flyers (34-20-7) close out a four game road trip tonight when they face the San Jose Sharks (32-22-7).

The Flyers were quiet on trade deadline day this season but have not been quiet the last two weeks, adding Nick Grossman and Pavel Kubina to shore up their defense for this season's playoff run.

Trade winds blowing in Philadelphia

It’s been talked about since captain Chris Pronger went down for the season in December, but now the question resonates louder than it ever has before.

Who are they going to get?

With the February 27 trade deadline quickly approaching, rumors have been swirling as to what the Philadelphia Flyers plan to do to make their promising team a legitimate contender in the Eastern Conference.

As each day ends and a new one begins, the anticipation to what will be done becomes more palpable.

Flyers Leafs Preview; Pronger Visits

After suffering another disappointing shootout loss at the hands of the lowly New York Islanders, the Philadelphia Flyers (30-16-7) will try to get back on track tonight when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs (28-20-6).

The Flyers put forth a solid effort in the shutout loss to the Islanders generating tons of scoring chances only to be rejected 45 times by the stellar goaltending of Evgeni Nabokov.

The loss was the team’s third consecutive, marking the first time that has happened this season.

Bourdon Troubled by Turnovers

The All-Star break is an exciting time of year for an NHL hockey player. Whether they are playing in the game or watching from home, the weeklong break is a welcome vacation from the marathon that is the NHL season.

For those involved, the event is a tangible example of their achievements and acknowledges a job well done.

For those who don’t take part in the game, the weeklong break is a time to re-charge their batteries in preparation for the stretch run towards the end of the season.

Some players will spend their time catching up with family or friends. Some will go on vacation, play some golf or maybe visit their hometown.

Hopefully, Philadelphia Flyers rookie defensemen Marc-Andre Bourdon will spend some of his time going over game film.