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FWIW, I didn't find another team that handles concussions like the Caps. I didn't check out all the other teams, but all others I saw, including the Blackhawks, Flyers and Penguins, let their players start skating as soon as symptoms decrease. I have no idea why the Caps are so much more cautious or if that caution leads to better outcomes.
2 years, 5 months ago on Grading the 2011-12 Blues - Alex Steen
From mid-January, I followed Steen's recovery from injury because it closely paralleled that of Nicklas Backstrom (out from Jan.3-March 31). Like Steen, Backstrom came back close to the end of the season and, of course, wasn't in January 3 game shape. Also like Steen, he got some criticism for not producing as consistently as expected during the playoffs (2+6 in 13 games).
As a Caps fan, I was interested in the different ways that the two teams manage the recoveries of their concussed players. My observation was that the Blues allow their players to skate when symptoms lessened, so that they were skating longer before resuming play. The Caps simply shut down their players until symptoms are completely gone. That meant that Backstrom didn't start skating until mid-March. Two weeks later, he was in games, and in another week. . . playing against Boston. Ouch.
I appreciate your fairness in "grading" Steen's season and not labeling him a failure because of the injury. In contrast, in an expectations-based poll on a Caps blog, some fans gave Backstrom "grades" of 3 out of 10 because he missed 40 games and "underachieved" in the playoffs.