The Pittsburgh Penguins are once again out with one of their star players, however this time his name is not Sidney Crosby.
On the weekend the Penguins put Evgeni Malkin on the injury reserve with a concussion. Malkin had scored four goals and 17 assists in 18 games. Obviously his numbers were off from his Hart Trophy and Art Ross Trophy numbers from last season, but Malkin is still an elite player in the NHL when he wants to be.
Malkin joins a long list of notable players currently out with a head trauma injury. The list includes Marc Savard of the Boston Bruins, Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes, Rene Bourque of the Montreal Canadiens, Ryan Carter of the New Jersey Devils, Darroll Powe of the New York Rangers, Guillaume Latendresse of the Ottawa Senators, Chris Pronger of the Philadelphia Flyers and Vladimir Tarasenko of the Saint Louis Blues.
Awareness of concussions is greater today than ever before, however players are still experiencing them as an injury. It will be interesting to see if the NHL will make a statement or consider greater disciplinary measures against enforcers if the numbers continue to grow.