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Sunday hockey notes

Trimming NHL rosters could have healthy effect

The NHL returned from its Christmas break last Monday evening, and by Tuesday afternoon there were more lumps of coal to report on the concussion front. Los Angeles’s Simon Gagne, Nashville’s Shea Weber, and Toronto’s John-Michael Liles (not all of them injured Monday night) were added to the fraternity of addled brains, increasing the league’s working number of head/brain injuries to right around three dozen.

Are we being entertained yet? I suppose so, because there is no denying that fans enjoy watching the NHL’s highly charged action and its big, dangerous hits. A brain that feels as if it’s a rattling box of shattered glass really isn’t a big deal, as long as it’s not your brain, or your life it will struggle to navigate over the course of another 30-50-70 years.

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