Laperriere prefaced his remarks by suggesting concussion awareness has improved dramatically since his career began, noting that: "My first concussion, I missed a week and I had a bad one. I had a seizure on the ice. In a week or two, I was back.
"I think the league is doing a great job. They are doing the best they can. I don’t think anybody knows of a big miracle test – and I think the big problem with the concussions is the testing. You’re asking a young kid who’s been playing through so much pain all his life to get here to tell the truth about how you feel. And you’ve been rewarding that kid for years because he’s played through injuries.
"I felt like that. I played in the final with concussion syndrome, but I’d been brainwashed all my life – and it’s nothing against anybody. I was just brainwashed like that, and that’s why I made it (to the NHL). Now you’re trying to change that philosophy and way of thinking for those kids – and it’s tough.
The Avs will not see Ryane Clowe.
How would you feel about more Outdoor Classics?
According to multiple well-placed sources, the NHL is planning on having not one, but several additional outdoor games in 2014, a series of outdoor games, if you will, which will begin with the Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.
There has also been talk about staging a game in each of the seven Canadian NHL markets, Minnesota, Denver and Washington -- Philadelphia, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Boston and Chicago, all of whom have already hosted a Winter Classic, are also options for future games.
NHL rules dictate that if your stick breaks, you must drop it immediately.
That guideline is an easy one to follow when you’ve just raised your snapped graphite in celebration of a goal you just scored – you just throw that sucker in the air like you just don’t care if its shattered pieces hit Teemu Selanne.