NHL: Should Sidney Crosby Be the Model of How League Deals with Concussions?

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NHL: Should Sidney Crosby Be the Model of How League Deals with Concussions?
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The concussion debate continues to rage on in the NHL, as Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is back on the sidelines with symptoms just a few weeks after making his comeback from a 10-month absence.

Philadelphia Flyers captain Chris Pronger is done for the regular season and playoffs, after being diagnosed with severe concussion symptoms. And Pronger's teammate, Claude Giroux, and Carolina Hurricanes standout Jeff Skinner are among the other NHL players dealing with this problem.

However, no player's injury has brought the same amount of attention as Crosby's, as the media and fans spend days speculating on when or if he'll return this season. There were also changes to the league's concussion protocol that were made in the months following Crosby's concussion in January of 2011.

So should the Penguins star forward be the example of how the NHL handles this ongoing issue?

Let's take a look at some reasons why or why not.

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