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Andrew Shaw would like to return to the game next week, but the head coach of the Canadian, Claude Julien, is advocating patience.
Andrew Shaw admits that he had a small fright when her head gave against the bay window of the American Airlines Center, last December 31.
The attacker of the Canadian was to apply a failure to the place of the defender Esa Lindell of the Dallas Stars when the side of his face crashed into the bay window.
“Yes, of course I was afraid,” admitted Shaw, Friday, after his second workout with his teammates since the incident, a first in which he did not have to avoid contact. It slammed into my neck and I felt the symptoms (which are similar to those of a concussion). With my history, the doctors decided to treat the wound as if I had suffered another concussion. It was better for my health in the long term. And since we are in the playoffs, I want to be 100 %. “
Shaw has indicated that the neck injury caused him headaches on the right side. He has stopped experiencing symptoms for over a week and it had started to skate solo last week. He then took advantage of the leave to spend time with the family in Florida, then he was back at work Thursday, like the rest of his teammates.
27-year-old, Shaw knew the good times before getting hurt. He has collected 22 points in 25 games is evolving mostly alongside Max Domi and Jonathan Drouin.
“These are things that happen, and it is certain that it is a challenge to the moral, said Shaw. I want to be sure of being able to resume where I left off when I return to the game. “
Shaw will not participate in the two meetings with the Habs this weekend. It seeks a return to the game Tuesday, when the Canadian will be host to the Ducks of Anaheim. Head coach Claude Julien pointed out, however, that the decision was not up to the player. “Our medical staff follows his folder and it is he who will make the decision, he said. As a team, the most important thing is to ensure that the player is in good hands and not to rush his return. The career of a hockey player lasts 10, 15 or 20 years, but then the rest of his life to live.
“You want to avoid rushing things, and that there are consequences. The health and safety of the player is the priority of the organization. “
Julien has therefore indicated that the health status of Shaw will be followed on a daily basis. He has not wanted to speculate on the trio at the heart of which will Shaw at the time of return to the game — whether it will play again at the right hand of Drouin and Domi, who no longer move together for a couple of weeks.
For his part, Shaw was just looking forward to contribute again to the success of the team.
“I want to go back to the game and help the team, he said. We start the most interesting portion of the calendar. We still have 31 games to play. We are fighting for a playoff spot and the classification is hyperserré in our section. We want to continue to climb the leaderboard and I want to get involved. “