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Add Brian Rolston to the concussion list

Brian Rolston

New York Islanders’ Brian Rolston (11) celebrates his goal against Washington Capitals goalie Tomas Vokoun (29) during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)


Is the NHL dealing with a concussion epidemic or is the league just dealing with some horrific luck? However you look at it, the hits keep coming as New York Islanders winger Brian Rolston left a game against the Dallas Stars with a concussion.

Of course, the big difference is that Rolston isn’t a star. He’s 38-years-old and has just seven points and a -6 rating in 27 games with the Isles. Rolston is just as likely to retire because of ineffective play as he would thanks to this head injury.

If anything, from a pure hockey standpoint, his injury might open the door for a younger player to get some more ice time. Still, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s a sad situation, especially after a grueling week for the NHL.