Brendan Shanahan, striking the classic Shanahan image of a man dressed in a $3,000 suit but missing one of his front teeth, paid us a visit in the press room before the game.
He said he is still experiencing symptoms related to the concussion he suffered against Philly, vertigo being the main one. Since I do not have much time and the game is about to start, I have listed most of what Shanahan had to say. You can draw your own conclusions.
He thinks these are the first games he’s missed due to injury since 1998. Pretty amazing.
This is mostly unedited, but hopefully my transcription will make sense.
“I feel pretty good. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve never had a concussion before, so I have no history of getting one or recovering from one. I have some symptoms, like vertigo, but I think thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s common at this point. Overall, I feel pretty good.”
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I do (think I’ll come back this season). IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m optimistic. Again, I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have any experience to draw from, but IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been very lucky in my career with injuries, especially concussions. I have a hard Irish head. But I think what IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been hearing from everybody, unlike other injuries to other body parts thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no exact science. It depends on how other individuals respond.Ã¢â‚¬?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“No, I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t remember any of it. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t remember any of the shift or the collision, but IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve seen it. The first thing I remember is kind of a nice feeling. I heard the fans chanting my name and it kind of woke me up. The reason it was a nice feeling is because I thought maybe I had scored.Ã¢â‚¬?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“In a way, I feel fortunate that I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have any history of this. The things that have happened in my career give me optimism that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll recover. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve always been able to recover from things, but this is just something I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have answers for. We have to wait for the symptoms to go away and then I can start with the workouts.Ã¢â‚¬?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Oh, it scares you, for sure, to be unconscious like that and to lose your memory like that and wake up in that situation where you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know how you got there, when and why. By no means has it changed anything about my passion for playing.Ã¢â‚¬?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve never had one in my career. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had lots of fights, lots of opportunities to get one, and I never have. It seemed like I always had a head for the game of hockey. But it hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t changed anything about my passion about getting back on the ice. I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t wait to get back.Ã¢â‚¬?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve encouraged me to get as much sleep as possible, especially in the early going, but I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t say I feel like IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m nodding off in the middle of the day. I feel pretty normal. My sleep patterns are pretty much the same as they were before the concussion. My family and I are trying to do our best to steal away to the bedroom in the afternoon to get some extra sleep. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve told me thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s one of the best healers. Other than that, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve gone down to the rink the last couple of days. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve gotten a little treatment, just trying to get back and move on.Ã¢â‚¬?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hurt and then thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s injured. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve always played hurt.Ã¢â‚¬?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been well trained in how to play hurt and play with pain. But I think thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a difference between injury and being hurt. This is something that would be really stupid for me to play with symptoms. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no bitting your lip and gutting it through something like this.Ã¢â‚¬?