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Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL September 3rd, 2014

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Shane O'Brien remains unsigned, however, the Panthers have invited him to their training camp.

Rimer also managed to ask Panthers forward Scottie Upshall how he felt about his former teammate getting an invite to camp. Here’s what he had to say:

"Shane is very happy to have the opportunity to come to Panthers camp and push to make the team. He’s had a really good summer training and is in the best shape of his career. He’s a proven NHL defenseman who is tough to play against and will be a great addition to our d core at camp this season." -Scottie Upshall

Is researching concussions in sports an ethical requirement?

The article — which appeared Wednesday in "Neurosurgeon," an online publication of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons — suggests there is an ethical responsibility to take action on the issue.

"It’s not a sport issue, it’s not just a medical issue, it’s a public health issue which affects the population as a whole and it’s been identified that way — it’s research based, it’s epidemiologically backed and it has facts behind it," said Dr. Paul Echlin, who runs a sports medicine clinic in Burlington, Ont.

Echlin, who co-authored the article with Dr. Ross Upshur, director of clinical research at Toronto’s Bridgepoint Health, said there’s a need to make an "urgent statement" on sports-related concussions in children and youth, which the World Health Organization classifies as minor traumatic brain injuries.

An article on Martin.

In all likelihood, the 2014-15 Ontario Hockey League season could be Spencer Martin's last.

The Mississauga Steelheads goalie has his sights set on embarking on a professional career, beginning in the Colorado Avalanche's farm system.

But before the 19-year-old does that, he hopes to graduate from the OHL on a positive note and make it past the first round of the playoffs for the first time in his career.

"There's a million and one ways to get to the NHL, so I don't think of this as my last year (in the OHL) guaranteed, but I definitely have a goal of moving on to pro hockey next year," said Martin, who has made it to the past three playoffs, only to be eliminated in the first round each time.