Jay Beagle wanted to come back in to Thursday night’s game after being knocked out by Pittsburgh’s Arron Asham, according to Coach Bruce Boudreau.
But because of the NHL’s protocol for any player showing concussion symptoms is forced to leave the ice and go to a quiet room, he couldn’t return.
The hot topic of the day at KCI was Beagle’s fight with Asham and in discussing his teammate’s fracas, Brooks Laich voiced a strong opinion on the league’s concussion protocol and said that the NHL tries to babysit players too much.
“I really don’t care about that awareness crap, to be honest, I’m sick of hearing all this talk about concussions and the quiet room,” said Laich, the Capitals’ NHL player rep. “This is what we love to do, guys love to play, they love to compete, they want to be on the ice. How do you take that away from somebody?
“We accept that there’s going to be dangers when we play this game and you know that every night you get dressed,”Laich continued. “Sometimes it feels like we’re being babysat a little too much. We’re grown men, we should have a little say in what we want to do.”